Big Ears Festival

Hidden away on a warm island, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow check in with Todd Steed about their enthusiasm for returning to Knoxville.  At the end of the interview, Todd makes an impossible promise to secure their happiness. 

Carissa Stolting, Managing Director of the Big Ears Festival, talks with Todd Steed about some of her favorite performers coming to Knoxville in March. 

It's that time of year again. The time when Big Ears Festival fans worldwide eagerly await to find out what and who their ears will be able to feast upon over a span of four days in late March. It's the Big Ears Festival full lineup reveal.  Although festival organizers have been releasing the names of artists here and there since June of 2018, the entire lineup was not released until November 13th. Judging by years past, however, there are sure to be a few more artists' names released along the way.

John Schaefer was in town for the Big Ears Festival.  He sat down with Todd Steed to talk about the festival and the future of new music and radio. 

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival is a music celebration like none other, bringing contemporary classical, folk, rock, r&b, and much more to East Tennessee, captivating audiences both local and from abroad. In this feature, Garrett McQueen speaks with some of this year's artists, and explores conversations surrounding the tradition of music from Appalachia, how the tradition of string quartets inform new music, and the intersection of music and activism. 

The name says it all.  Perhaps not.  Scott Burland and Frank Schultz sit down with Todd Steed to discuss their unique musical partnership and their upcoming Big Ears performances. 

Violinist and composer, Jenny Scheinman, possesses a unique and rare ability to play any style of music. Whether it's classical, folk, rock, or jazz or singing any of the songs she's written, Jenny frequently collaborates with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Ani Difranco, and Nels Cline.

At Big Ears 2018, she will present two performances. One, with her band, Mischief and Mayhem, which combines modern classical and jazz with rock and roll. This fusion band performs on Friday from 6:30-7:30 at The Standard.

The music of legendary and influential American composer, Julia Wolfe, has been described by the Wall Street Journal as: "long inhabiting a terrain of its own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patters of minimalism and the driving energy of rock."

She, along with composers Michael Gordon and David Lang, formed the Bang on a Can organization in 1987, which will be in residence at this year's Big Ears Festival, which takes place in various venues throughout downtown Knoxville, March 22-25.

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Nief-Norf, an internationally acclaimed contemporary music ensemble based here in Knoxville, will once again present a couple of performances at the Big Ears Festival, which takes place in various venues throughout downtown Knoxville March 22-25.  

John Tarrant will be in Knoxville as part of the Big Ears Festival.  He sits down to talk with Todd Steed about his work with Zen koans. 

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