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    Posted: September 14 2021 at 12:08
Line Up Announcement made today, presale started today. 

KNOXVILLE, TN · USA // 3.24.22-3.27.22

Vaccination required:

"The health and safety of everyone who attends Big Ears is our number one priority. With the rise of COVID cases due to the Delta variant, we are now mandating that all staff, artists, and audience members be fully vaccinated in order to participate in ticketed activities presented by Big Ears. In the coming months, we’ll describe the steps we intend to take to verify the vaccination status of audience members. As we continue to observe the situation, we reserve the right to institute other COVID-related safety measures in advance of the festival.

To be considered fully vaccinated for attendance at the 2022 Big Ears Festival, you must have received your second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) on or before Wednesday, March 9, 2022."

JOHN ZORN
SPARKS
MEREDITH MONK
MOSES SUMNEY
KIM GORDON
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
YVES TUMOR
LOW
ANNETTE PEACOCK
KRONOS QUARTET
BILL FRISELL
SONS OF KEMET
JASON MORAN
BILL CALLAHAN
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
MARC RIBOT
CAROLINE SHAW
JOE HENRY
EFTERKLANG
MDOU MOCTAR
AROOJ AFTAB & THE VULTURE PRINCE ENSEMBLE
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
ANDREW CYRILLE
TERRY ALLEN & THE PANHANDLE MYSTERY BAND
RON MILES QUINTET
SŌ PERCUSSION
NATHALIE JOACHIM
NUBYA GARCIA
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS
KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
DAWN RICHARD
SAUL WILLIAMS
75 DOLLAR BILL
79RS GANG
JOSHUA ABRAMS & NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
ARENI AGBABIAN
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE
ATTACCA QUARTET
BALÚN
JAIMIE BRANCH FLY OR DIE
JOSEPH BRANCIFORTE & THEO BLECKMANN
THEON CROSS
SARAH DAVACHI
KRIS DAVIS’ DIATOM RIBBONS
ANGEL BAT DAWID & SISTAZZ OF THE NITTY GRITTY
BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN
ALABASTER DEPLUME
DOS SANTOS
FENNESZ
HARRIET TUBMAN
JOHN HOLLENBECK
VAL JEANTY
CASSANDRA JENKINS
L’RAIN
LAKOU MIZIK
MARY LATTIMORE
DAMON LOCKS’ BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE
LISEL
ELLIS LUDWIG-LEONE
PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
LEYLA MCCALLA
JAMES MCVINNIE
MYRA MELFORD’S SNOWY EGRET
MSSV
AURORA NEALAND & THE ROYAL ROSES
ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN
JEFF PARKER & THE NEW BREED
TRISTAN PERICH
LIDO PIMIENTA
DAFNIS PRIETO’S SÍ O SÍ QUARTET
RAM
ELLEN REID SOUNDWALK ENSEMBLE
GYAN RILEY ELIXIR
CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH
ANDY SHAUF
CHES SMITH WE ALL BREAK
SPEKTRAL QUARTET
SPORTY’S BRASS BAND
SUDAN ARCHIVES
CRAIG TABORN
WILLIAM TYLER
DAN WEISS STAREBABY
AND MANY MORE!


THE MUSIC OF JOHN ZORN
BILL FRISELL
STEPHEN GOSLING
KENNY GROHOWSKI
PETRA HADEN
SAE HASHIMOTO
MATT HOLLENBERG
JESSE HARRIS
JULIAN LAGE
BRIAN MARSELLA
JOHN MEDESKI
GYAN RILEY
JORGE ROEDER
CHES SMITH
KENNY WOLLESEN


NEW ORLEANS / HAITI AND BEYOND
FEATURING BIG EARS’ FIRST-EVER KREWE DU KANAVAL
CURATED BY PRESERVATION HALL’S BEN JAFFE
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One day I might do this. But today is not that day. Some nice names in there though, and I'm very curious about all that Zorn stuff. 
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Nice to see the Sparks involved.
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Looking forward to all of these

JOHN ZORN
SPARKS
KRONOS QUARTET
SONS OF KEMET
NUBYA GARCIA
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS
THEON CROSS
JOHN HOLLENBECK
DAN WEISS STAREBABY







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Day 1 review
Leisurely start to the day given the first show is 4pm, light taco lunch with 'the boys'. First show was Kronos Quartet, placed was packed as the only gig on, played in an open air amphitheater (had a passing train accompaniment at one stage). Short set, only 30 minutes, very nice string quartet with the last track spoilt a bit by midi/backing tape too dominant. Second up Tomeka Reid and Nicky Finney, female black poet telling stories of her life accompanied by solo cello. Really very good. 75 Dollar Bill were excellent psyche, droney, Krautrock style groove really very good, sight line issues with such a big band at the Standard and the VIP seating area. Starebaby were must see for me, managed to sit on the box with great sight lines. Dan Weiss, Ben Monder, Craig Taborn, Matt Mitchell & Trevor Dunn is an all star line up and they tore it up with heavy avant jazz metal. Loved every minute. Half the audience left halfway through to go to Sparks. Got into Sparks 30 minutes into their set, stayed for 30 minutes, 80s synth pop trying to be quirky, was annoyed that the bulk of the band were hidden by smoke and backlighting, looked like just the brothers up front. Not for me. Grabbed a couple of tracks of mssv, fusion trio with heavy rhythm section and stunt guitarist. Sounded fun but needed to move on to Low, heavy, distorted, sludgey slowcore, band very much in the Dark with very bright video behind them. Very atmospheric and loud, very enjoyable. Left an hour in exhausted. 7 bands and 8 miles walked, tired and sore but man I'm glad to be back, wonderful.
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Seems like a very good music festival.Thumbs Up
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Good lineup, I will try to get to this someday, maybe next year.
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A lot of names I don’t know, but from those I do, I’d particularly love to see the following:

JOHN ZORN
ANNETTE PEACOCK
SONS OF KEMET
EFTERKLANG
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
NUBYA GARCIA
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS
MARY LATTIMORE 

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THE MUSIC OF JOHN ZORN

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All of those except Lattimore are on my list.

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Day 2 Friday

Craig Taborn Trio with Tomeka Reid and Ches Smith, piano & keyboards, cello, drums, percussion and effects. Instrumental experimental avant jazz, very enjoyable
Harriet Tubman, NY based fusion trio, playing pretty slow atmospheric fusion, drummer rock solid, guitarist, interesting aural landscapes, bassist was in love with volume and distortion, enjoyed the show once I realized that was the sound he was going for.
Jeff Parker and the New Breed, got enticed to this one with post rock and Tortoise references, it was pretty much straight contemporary jazz very nicely played and enjoyable but nothing to get the juices flowing.
Sons of Kemet, Shabaka Hutchins, saxophone, Theon Cross, Tuba and 2 drummers, afrobeat jazz with masses of energy, place was bouncing, tore it up for over an hour. Best show of the festival so far.
Marc Ribot Ceramic Dog, experimental guitar 'rock' when they rocked were great, I'm less a fan of the bleeps and squawks. Let after 40 minutes to catch the next show
Animal Collective, electronic pop, apparently cutting edge back in the day, quite mainstream to my ears, not for me.
Mind Maintenance, Joshua Abrams on 3 stringed African bass lute and Chad Taylor on a thumb piano, beautiful minimalist patterns perfect for that time of night, great stuff.
7 miles and 7 bands

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Thanks for the updates. If Craig Taborn is performing next year, that may be the catalyst to get me there.
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Saturday Day 3
First 2 up Mary Lattimore and William Tyler play soundscape guitar, harp and Electronica over a Tennessee documentary. Very restful left early to get to Zorn
Zorns Meditations on the Tarot, downtown (?) Jazz featuring Brian Marsella, Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen. Manic piano with tight drums and bass. Very good.
Ches Smith We All Break, Haitian world music with lots of drums and creole vocals, not for me
Zorn Songs for Petra, song based jazz with all star band including Julian Lage, guitar, Petra Haden, vocals and Jorge Roeder, bass. Outstanding set.
Nubya Garcia, English/Caribbean jazz saxophonist with keys, double bass and drums. Pretty straight forward jazz but I like all her stuff and was a must see for me.
First big miss of the weekend was not seeing Zorn Simulacrum that clashed with Garcia
Jason Moran, solo piano, very nice stuff left early to get to next show
Jamie Branch Fly or Die, angry punk jazz with trumpet lead, had as much rap/rant style vocals as trumpet, outstanding.
Annette Peacock solo piano voice and Electronica, not very good to my ears,, beat a retreat to another show.
Last band of the night, Efterklang, art pop with some proggy touches with a vocalist who's a Chris Martin fan, seeing the post rock references got me there but theyve dropped that entirely. Don't really need a singer sitting on the front of the stage singing directly at you. Left after 4 songs.
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Sunday day 4
Sarah Davachi, very very slow ambient electronics, lasted 30 minutes
Alabaster DePlume London based street poet sax player, the huge plus was he was backed by Jamie Branchs Fly Or Die, pretty good
Zorns Chaos Magick, brutal heavy metal jazz with Kenny Grohowski, Matt Hollenberg, John Medeski, Brian Marsella, mind blowingly crushingly superb
Bill Frissell Trio, electric guitar led experimental jazz, excellent
Zorn Heaven & Earth Magic, fully composed piano and vibes, fully improvised bass and drums. Really rather good.
Zorns New Masada with John Zorn saxophone, Julian Lage guitar, Jorge Roeder bass, Kenny Wollesen drums. Outstanding.
Last band of the festival, Electric Masada, John Zorn, Julian Lage, Bill Frissell, Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Kenny Wollesen, Kenny Grohowski, John Medeski, Brian Marsella. Absolutely crushing it with brutal jazz metal. Fantastic.

Really great weekend, wonderful to be at concerts and chat music with friends. All the Zorn stuff was good to mindblowingly stupendous. Plenty of other highlights, Starebaby, Sons Of Kemet and Fly or Die spring to mind.
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When you listed the line-up I hoped you'd review Marc Ribot and Annette Peacock, nice you did it even if not fully convinced. I have loved some of their stuff in the past and would for sure see them live near my place; should also check out what they did recently. Thanks for keeping us updated!
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Methinks I need to dig into some John Zorn as well as some of those other bands. They all sound really amazing! 
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Sunday day 4
Sarah Davachi, very very slow ambient electronics, lasted 30 minutes
Alabaster DePlume London based street poet sax player, the huge plus was he was backed by Jamie Branchs Fly Or Die, pretty good
Zorns Chaos Magick, brutal heavy metal jazz with Kenny Grohowski, Matt Hollenberg, John Medeski, Brian Marsella, mind blowingly crushingly superb
Bill Frissell Trio, electric guitar led experimental jazz, excellent
Zorn Heaven & Earth Magic, fully composed piano and vibes, fully improvised bass and drums. Really rather good.
Zorns New Masada with John Zorn saxophone, Julian Lage guitar, Jorge Roeder bass, Kenny Wollesen drums. Outstanding.
Last band of the festival, Electric Masada, John Zorn, Julian Lage, Bill Frissell, Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Kenny Wollesen, Kenny Grohowski, John Medeski, Brian Marsella. Absolutely crushing it with brutal jazz metal. Fantastic.

Really great weekend, wonderful to be at concerts and chat music with friends. All the Zorn stuff was good to mindblowingly stupendous. Plenty of other highlights, Starebaby, Sons Of Kemet and Fly or Die spring to mind.

Man that Electric Masada sounds amazing. Hopefully that continues to exist past this past weekend. 
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