The initial schedule for the 2015 Big Ears Festival was announced yesterday by A.C. Entertainment–if you weren’t already excited and have purchased tickets, you’ll want to now. Some of the artists are Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley, Max Richter, Jamie xx, Rhiannon Giddens, Bill Frisell & Bill Morrison, Omar Souleyman, and on and on…too many to mention here. You can peruse the schedules here.
If you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years or are reading this from afar, Big Ears is a three-day festival in five or so of downtown Knoxville’s venues, March 27-29. The festival offers concert performances and eclectic events from a diverse collection of performers on the cutting edge that range from new music to indy rock, and everything in between, offering an experience of “surprise collaborations and unexpected connections.”
Big Ears mastermind Ashley Capps also pointed out a number of things that some might have missed in the packed schedule.
• Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch will be here curating a film program that has not yet been announced–in association with the Criterion Collection. Jarmusch is also appearing with his band, SQÜRL, playing music for some Man Ray films.
• The Bad Plus will be performing their jazz piano trio arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
• Capps: “Laurie Anderson’s “Landfall,” our celebration of Terry Riley’s 80th birthday year with the maestro himself and Kronos and more; a very rare public appearance by Harold Budd.”
Information on weekend and day passes, or individual tickets, can be found at http://bigearsfestival.com.
The Knoxville Mercury, set to launch in a couple of weeks, will be chock full of preview information on the festival and the performers. Be sure to check it out.