Big Ears Festival 2019 (Knoxville, TN)

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Not that I'll be there, I just wanted to beat Whiney to the punch. First names announced:

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:47 (one year ago) link

Gah, too quick off the mark. That should be 2019 of course, will get a mod to edit.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:48 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Shoulda put it here, book coming out.

nickn, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 03:50 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

wish i were going this year!! would like to recommend NOT to ignore the lineup at the pilot light -- so cool they added that! i don't think it was there last year?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:47 (one year ago) link

I went the last 5(!) years and have to miss it this year. Super bummed.

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 23:07 (one year ago) link

Seeing all the tweets this weekend are gonna be such a drag.

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 23:20 (one year ago) link

i am legit sad about not going but it was just not gonna happen this year
at least some people do get to go. it's another embarrassment of riches!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 23:49 (one year ago) link

Oh no LL and Whiney!!

Whiney I always look forward to reading your RS article and I’m sorry that’s not happening this year.

LL you’ve seen Tatsuya Nakatani perform before, right? Because omg.

⅋ (crüt), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 18:17 (one year ago) link

I tried pitching it to another outlet, but I understand the reluctance to spend $1,000 on a freelancer's flights and hotel so I can wax about Alvin Lucier. I would obviously go just for fun in any year where I was A) employed and B) didn't just move across the country.

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 18:46 (one year ago) link

wait where do u live now WGW?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:01 (one year ago) link

No :(
Big Ears will miss my presence (and Whiney's obvs) but you can be with me in spirit!! Do not miss Jon Mueller at the Pilot Light if you enjoy major percussive experiences!! I think he is doing this thing with gongs that I saw a few months ago.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:02 (one year ago) link

god why do i read their schedule every year it tortures me

mimi goese!!!

I would see the hell out of kim kashkashian as well

the festival i really really wanted to go to this year was ojai (curated by Barbara Hannigan this year) but it looks like I will be too broke to do that one either

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:09 (one year ago) link

wait where do u live now WGW?

― valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3:01 PM (twenty-nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Los Angeles area

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:31 (one year ago) link

wonder if Mimi Goese will sing “When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die”

⅋ (crüt), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:47 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

we got opening lineup

A few of the many highlights include:
• BRAXTON75. A celebration of composer/saxophonist and musical iconoclast Anthony Braxton’s 75th year featuring a rare solo performance, his Diamond Curtain Wall Trio, and the world premiere of the Thunder Music Ensemble.
• TERRY RILEY at 85. A celebration of the minimalist guru’s 85th year on the planet, featuring a duo with Gyan Riley, a solo organ performance on the new St. John’s Cathedral pipe organ, and more.
• MEREDITH MONK with BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS. The amazing Meredith Monk returns to Big Ears with BOAC for the full concert premiere of their collaborative work, Memory Game.
• JOHN PAUL JONES & ANSSI KARTTUNEN: Sons of Chipotle. The legendary Led Zeppelin bassist gathers no moss as he continues his musical explorations and collaborations. This finds him in the company of the renowned Finnish classical cellist in their North American concert debut.
• KIM GORDON • STEVE GUNN • BILL NACE • JOHN TRUSCINSKI: Sound for Andy Warhol’s KISS. Rock icon Gordon returns to Big Ears with her Body/Head collaborator, joined by two other Big Ears alums to create the soundtrack to Warhol’s iconic film.
• JOE HENRY’S 115th Dream, featuring Jason Moran and Marc Ribot, with Jay Bellerose, David Piltch, and Levon Henry. Big Ears asked the great singer/ songwriter / producer Joe Henry to put together a special “dream band” for the festival. This is it.
• JASON MORAN & THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS: All around Renaissance man Jason Moran is bringing this large ensemble to pay tribute to the legendary ragtime innovator, James Reese Europe.
• CAROLINE SHAW with SŌ PERCUSSION: The 2013 Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Shaw finally comes to Big Ears to present some of her extraordinary work, including this collaboration with the percussion wizards of SŌ.
• NATHALIE JOACHIM with Spektral Quartet: Femn D’ayiti (Women of Haiti). Flutist / singer Joachim, who first appeared at Big Ears with eighth blackbird, returns with an extraordinary tribute to the women of her native Haiti, easily one of the most fabulous new works of this or any year.
• Iceland’s alternative rock legends MÚM will make a rare US appearance, celebrating 20 years since Yesterday Was Dramatic—Today is OK.
• TINDERSTICKS will perform their first US concert in many years in the wake of a long awaited, brand new recording.
• Denmark’s Efterklang return to the US for the first time in many years, also with new music.
• After his astonishing performances at last year’s Big Ears with both Sons of Kemet and the Comet Is Coming, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings will return with a third group, The Ancestors.
• German free-jazz titan Peter Brötzmann will make his Big Ears debut, playing solo in celebration of a new recording and revisiting his duo with the amazing drummer Andrew Cyrille, a highlight of this year’s Vision Festival in NYC.
• There’s more adventurous new jazz from bands led by Joshua Abrams, Jaimie Branch, Myra Melford, Jeff Parker, and Dan Weiss.
• Psychedelic desert rock from Mdou Moctar, Haitian voodoo blues from Moonlight Benjamin, new adventures in electronic music with Caterina Barbieri and Sarah Davachi; Can’s legendary singer Damo Suzuki, plus exciting new sounds from the Egyptian underground from Maurice Louca and Nadah El Shazly, the wild, uncategorizable, freewheeling rock of 75 Dollar Bill...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:23 (seven months ago) link

for 2020 natch

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:23 (seven months ago) link

five months pass...

2020 cancelled.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:00 (two months ago) link

welll shit

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:45 (two months ago) link

yeah, what a colossal disaster

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 19:27 (two months ago) link

big ears cancelling is a huge bummer...but we must protect terry riley at all costs

— joel berk (@pfcidb) March 11, 2020

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 19:30 (two months ago) link

In similar worlds, Dark Mofo in Tasmania has been cancelled (the promoter's statement on Facebook)

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 20:46 (two months ago) link

Might be worth making an ILM thread of all the festival and tour cancellations and likely cancellations. Gonna be a tough few months for touring musicians (tougher than usual, I mean)

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 23:50 (two months ago) link

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