Drone metal heavyweights Sunn O))) take the Tennessee Theatre by storm at Big Ears 2016.

Big Ears Festival

Hailed by composer Philip Glass as a “tremendous experience” and by Pitchfork as “an inspiration,” the Big Ears Festival brings together musicians and artists who span generations and transcend genres for dozens of concerts alongside installations, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive workshops, informative talks, surprise collaborations, and unexpected connections.

Named for someone who is capable of discerning and perceptive listening, who has the ability to use the ears as a creative tool or who hears things many may miss, Big Ears introduces passionate fans and receptive audiences to new and exciting concerts, performances, workshops and discussions. The goal is to entertain, excite, provoke and inspire the creative spirit in all who attend.

Since 2009, Big Ears has hosted the likes of Philip Glass & Wendy Sutter, Antony & the Johnsons, Bryce Dessner of the National, The xx, Nico Muhly, My Brightest Diamond, the Calder String Quartet, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, So Percussion, John Cale, Laurie Anderson, Tondi Braxton’s HIVE, Max Richter, and enormously influential artists-in-residence including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, minimalist mastermind Terry Riley, and the ever-evolving Kronos Quartet.

The Los Angeles Times wrote that Big Ears Festival is “one of the most forward-thinking fests, combining titans and pioneers of new music.” The New York Times praised it as “like a string of mind-blowing midnight movies,” and Rolling Stone simply said “Big Ears is arguably the classiest, most diverse festival in the country.”

However you might say it, the Big Ears Festival is leading the way in setting a new standard for what the modern music festival can be.

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