The New York Times calls Big Ears, “A music festival with a rare vision.” The vision of Big Ears is to create, nurture, and support artistic expression and cultural education that transcends traditional boundaries, strengthens and builds relationships, and connects across communities through genre-defying music, film, arts programming, and interactive experiences.
Today, Big Ears revealed their biggest and boldest lineup announcement yet. From Spiritualized to Wadada Leo Smith, from Meredith Monk to Harold Budd, from Yves Tumor to Richard Thompson, from Sons of Kemet to Roomful of Teeth, we are thrilled for Big Ears 2019—the most adventurous and ambitious music festival in the United States.
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Today, Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival announced the last lineup announcement before revealing the entire 2019 festival lineup in late September. The phase 4 announcement includes The Comet Is Coming, Yves Tumor, Kara Lis Coverdale, and Peter Gregson. These 4 young acts are shaping our current musical landscape and making their Big Ears debut this March. The Comet Is Coming welds funk’s gusto and jazz’s fluidity to electronica’s sense of infinite propulsion; this is urgent dance music made in our moment. Knoxville native, Yves Tumor, slinks through the darkest corners of R&B and disco, ambient electronica and techno. Like Yves Tumor, Kara Lis Coverdale’s music is an act of active evolution. Lastly, audacious British cellist and composer Peter Gregson addresses the albatross of his instrument’s repertoir–Bach’s Cello Suites, six midlife majesties that are among the most revered cello works ever. See the lineup thus far here and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and via newsletter for more announcements and surprises.
Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival has added two world-renowned composers–whose work has revolutionized music–to its 2019 lineup. Alvin Lucier will perform solo, and his work will be performed by the Ever Present Orchestra feat. Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi. Joan La Barbara will perform a set of her own extraordinary work, as well as solo works for voice composed for her by Lucier. For half a century, both Alvin Lucier and Joan LaBarbara have challenged our perceptions of how music can sound and what it can be. As we prepare to have our minds opened, we look forward to seeing both composers at Big Ears this year. See the full lineup thus far, here.
Forecastle daily lineups are coming your way Tuesday, February 6, with daily tickets on sale Thursday, February 8 at 10am ET! Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or the whole weekend? Take your pick and join us on the Waterfront July 13-15 for three days of killer music, mouthwatering local eats, a boatload of Kentucky bourbon, and so much more!
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