Big Ears 2023

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https://bigearsfestival.org/

Big Ears, celebrating 10 years as “one of the world’s greatest music bashes” (The New York Times) when it returns March 30 - April 2, 2023, has announced the first wave of programs scheduled for that special weekend, with full festival weekend passes going on sale Wednesday, September 14, at 9am EST.

Once again, Big Ears offers a bold, head-spinning kaleidoscope of multi-genre, multi-generational musical adventure. Jazz legends like saxophonist Charles Lloyd, Christian McBride, and William Parker share the line up with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, beloved chanteuse Rickie Lee Jones, and Latin rock legends Los Lobos, along with a gathering of beloved alt-folk rockers like Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats, Devendra Banhart, Bonny Light Horseman, Kevin Morby, Son Lux, The Weather Station, and more.

Other highlights on tap for 2023 include bassist Pino Palladino’s collaboration with songwriter/producer Blake Mills, along with Sam Gendel; composer/bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer’s dazzling “Trios” with violinist Tessa Lark and cellist Joshua Roman; composer/bandleader/drummer extraordinaire Makaya McCraven’s opus In These Times; Scottish harp virtuoso Maeve Gilchrest’s The Harpweaver, with the Aizuri string quartet; and Love in Exile, a collaboration between Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab, pianist Vijay Iyer, and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily.

Big Ears will present the North American premiere of guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, with arrangements by Michael Gibbs.

A series of special concerts will highlight the iconoclastic, groundbreaking work of composers Éliane Radigue and Annea Lockwood, along with relative newcomer Catherine Lamb, in a series of concerts performed by Nate Wooley, Yarn/Wire, and the JACK Quartet. In addition, the Mivos Quartet will perform a concert of Steve Reich’s complete string quartets, including Different Trains.

After a thrilling and exuberant nine-show marathon in 2022, iconoclastic composer John Zorn will celebrate his 70th birthday with eight new programs, including a rare appearance by the explosive Painkiller, his trio with bassist/producer Bill Laswell and ex-Slayer drum maestro Dave Lombardo, and culminating with an all-star realization of Zorn’s classic game piece, Cobra.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 September 2022 13:52 (four months ago) link

Painkiller!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 September 2022 13:56 (four months ago) link

I may miss this one, the big performer lineup looks Mojo-ey, and there's just not enough I'm willing to travel to see. Not ever been a Zorn fan, really. What's the deal with having a Zorn minifestival two years in a row?

sweating like Cathy *aaaack* (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 12 September 2022 14:03 (four months ago) link

Zorn did a stint out here at the Chapel and I caught the Terry Riley/Zorn/Laurie Anderson combination -- and I mean, with that in my brain, any other performance might just seem secondary. (As it is the timing is always wrong for this for me so I'll have to ponder from afar.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 September 2022 14:12 (four months ago) link

I think the back-to-back Zorn feature is just that he had a great time last year and really wanted to come back and do something as part of his 70th birthday plans.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 12 September 2022 14:26 (four months ago) link

Besides Zorn stuff I’m super psyched for the Vijay Iyer combos, William Parker, James Blood Ulmer, Kali Malone. And then some people like Los Lobos and Rickie Lee Jones, who are obviously on the Mojo end of things, sure, but I’ve never seen so I’ll be happy to.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 12 September 2022 14:30 (four months ago) link

If I lived closer to Knoxville I’d do it no doubt, I’d be interested in the Elaine Radigue and Annea Lockwood stuff for sure.

sweating like Cathy *aaaack* (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 12 September 2022 14:57 (four months ago) link

I’m so incredibly psyched already

Histoire de BradNelson (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 05:08 (four months ago) link

This awesome looking fest always takes place during our spring break, so I can never make it. Sigh.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 12:02 (four months ago) link

I still think that this years + last years lineups is missing something more harsh.

Histoire de BradNelson (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 15:32 (four months ago) link

Altered Beast, produced by Richard Dashut, is kind of his grunge Rumours – check out the bgd vic on “Time Capsule.” “Someone to Pull the Trigger” may be his most moving song.

Besides Zorn stuff I’m super psyched for the Vijay Iyer combos, William Parker, James Blood Ulmer, Kali Malone. And then some people like Los Lobos and Rickie Lee Jones, who are obviously on the Mojo end of things, sure, but I’ve never seen so I’ll be happy to.

Blood Ulmer is playing?

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 16 September 2022 03:04 (four months ago) link

ok I see it now

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 16 September 2022 03:18 (four months ago) link

Also, hooray for zombie Zing posts.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 16 September 2022 03:19 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Arkestra and Subotnik... Lineup got insane

https://bigearsfestival.org/surprise-new-artist-additions/

insane oatmeal raisin cookie posse (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 14:39 (three months ago) link

also psyched about Beth Orton and Kae Tempest

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 15:13 (three months ago) link

think i'm finally going to this.

ꙮ (map), Sunday, 6 November 2022 20:32 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

The latest Zorn is his Hermetic Organ show from last year... What other CDs are Big Ears sets? I know the Body/Head 'No Waves' album was from 2014 and Fennesz/Daniell/Buck was 2009

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 10 January 2023 22:32 (three weeks ago) link

Jason Moran and Milford Graves

Lord Pickles (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 10 January 2023 22:33 (three weeks ago) link

Also email from organizers today report that Amadou and Mariam and Beth Orton have dropped out.

Lord Pickles (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 11 January 2023 04:44 (three weeks ago) link

Wadada Leo Smith and Andrew Cyrille added, making my decision to skip this year questionable. Glad I saw them at the Vision Festival last year.

Lord Pickles (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 17 January 2023 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

for those NYers not able to make Big Ears, consider Long Play.
$380 for VIP, $200 for base level

https://bangonacan.org/long-play-2023/

Bang on a Can's Long Play festival returns in 2023 with 50+ adventurous concerts over 3-days at 8 venues in downtown Brooklyn. Featuring the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can All-Stars, Caroline Shaw, Dawn Richard + Spencer Zahn, Mount Eerie, Tyshawn Sorey, and many more.

A 3-Day Pass includes entry to all 50+ concerts, including Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can All-Stars MEMORY GAME opening night concert, May 5th co-presented by Town Hall at Pioneer Works.

A 3-Day SUPPORTER PASS also includes an exclusive afterparty with Meredith Monk and Bang on a Can in celebration of Meredith's 80th Birthday. Supporter Passes also FULLY subsidize the purchase of one LONG PLAY 2023 day-pass for persons unable to pay for the cost of a full priced ticket. So you'll get to see 50+ great shows and feel the warm glow of buying someone else a ticket too! Supporters will also access festival meet and greets with composers, artists and a celebratory toast with the performers at the culmination of the festival.

Confirmed lineup (with more to come):
75 Dollar Bill Little Big Band, Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days, Alarm Will Sound, Alvin Singleton, Annea Lockwood, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bang on a Can All-Stars, big dog little dog (Jesse Montgomery + Eleonore Oppenheim), Brandon Lopez and Fred Moten duo, Caroline Shaw, Catherine Lamb, Christopher Otto, Conrad Tao, Dave Liebman + Kenny Werner, David Friend, David Sanford Big Band, David Lang, Doug Perkins, Eliana Glass, Exo-Tech, Ganavya + Shabaka Hutchings, Greg Davis, Gyan Riley + Krishna Bhatt, Harriet Tubman, Ian Chang, Iannis Xenakis, Iva Bittová, JACK Quartet, James Brandon Lewis + Chad Taylor duo, Jessica Moss, Joseph Branciforte + Taylor Deupree, June McDoom, Julia Wolfe, Kalbells, Kalia Vandever Quartet, LITURGY, Lori Goldston, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Michael Gordon, Momenta Quartet, Morton Subotnick, Mount Eerie, Nailah Hunter, Nathalie Joachim, Nu Jazz, Philip Glass Ensemble, Quince Ensemble, Sō Percussion, Scarcity, Dawn Richard + Spencer Zahn, The Hands Free, Time Wharp, Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara), Tyondai Braxton/Jefre Cantu Ledesma/Ben Vida, Tyshawn Sorey, University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, Vicky Chow, Yarn / Wire

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 January 2023 18:27 (one week ago) link


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