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 (three weeks ago) link
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 September 2022 13:56 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link
I’m so incredibly psyched already
― Histoire de BradNelson (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 05:08 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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.
― Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 16 September 2022 03:04 (two weeks ago) link
ok I see it now
― Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 16 September 2022 03:18 (two weeks ago) link
Also, hooray for zombie Zing posts.
― Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 16 September 2022 03:19 (two weeks ago) link