Big Ears Knox

Big Ears Festival fans, rejoice! The 2020 initial lineup has been revealed! As in years past, additional artists are sure to be added to the roster along the way, but already, the list of musicians and composers is staggering. Ashley Capps says there are no "headline acts" per se, but there are numerous standouts. Two birthdays will be celebrated: the 75th birthday of Anthony Braxton and the 85th birthday of Terry Riley. Kronos Quartet will return to Big Ears to help with Riley's celebration, while Braxton will present the world premiere of the Thunder Music Ensemble.

Art Ensemble of Chicago sun percussionist Famoudou Don Moye talks to Todd Steed about some of his favorite recordings and his upcoming performance at the Big Ears Festival.

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. 

It's finally here--the release of the Big Ears Festival's 2018 lineup. Festival attendees will once again be transported to another world, filled with music, film, and art that's refreshing to the ears, the eyes, and the mind. The festival will, once again, take place over the span of four days (March 22-25) in most of the same downtown Knoxville venues as last year's event.  What is different is the focus on jazz and its subgenres, says Big Ears artistic director Ashley Capps.

Cellist, Oliver Coates, is equally at home performing the music of Shostakovich and of Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. An incredibly versatile musician, Coates will perform two sets at this year's Big Ears Festival. One concert will present some of his favorite classical compositions, while on the other, he will perform two of his own albums, including his newest record, Upstepping, which fuses together elements of techno and classical.