Percussionist and drummer Edwards received formal drum tuition from established players including Ted Reed and Alan Dawson. He played with various ensembles during his teenage years, The Warriors Drum & Bugle Corps, including his local All City High School Band and the American Symphony Orchestra. He first came to notice with his significant contribution to Cecil Taylor’s powerful Dark Unto Themselves in 1976. Edwards has recorded some of his most challenging work with David S. Ware (Birth of a Being, Passage To Music, Great Bliss, Flight Of i) and Charles Gayle (More Live At KF). The work continues with his bands as a leader: Marc Edwards VorteX Trio, Slipstream Time Travel, Sonos Gravis, and Star Clusters. Sonos Gravis and Star Clusters are slightly different configurations of Slipstream Time Travel.
Edwards debuted with his own band in 1990 and has performed at numerous festivals. He is a drummer who creates space where necessary and demonstrates his considerable percussive skills where demanded (such as on “Bumblebees and Marigold Flowers” from Black Queen). His own recordings as leader have featured notable work by alto saxophonist Rob Brown (Time and Space Vol 1) and tenor player Sabir Mateen (Red Sprites & Blue Jets).
In recent years, Edwards has collaborated significantly with the indomitable multi-talented Weasel Walter in the Marc Edwards-Weasel Walter Group and in the noise rock band, Cellular Chaos. Marc has worked with Prana-Bindu, a band led by Matt Sekel. Thurston Moore’s brother, Frederick Moore also works with that group.