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AROOJ AFTAB, VIJAY IYER, & SHAHZAD ISMAILY

LOVE IN EXILE

MARC RIBOT

LOS CUBANOS POSTIZOS & THE JAZZ-BINS

SAM GENDEL

CONCERT GROUP & DUO WITH SAM WILKES

MAEVE GILCHRIST

THE HARPWEAVER
WITH AIZURI QUARTET

BÉLA FLECK

MY BLUEGRASS HEART

WITH MICHAEL CLEVELAND, SIERRA HULL, JUSTIN MOSES, MARK SCHATZ, & BRYAN SUTTON

SHARA NOVA & KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: THE BLUE HOUR

A SONG CYCLE BY RACHEL GRIMES, ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN, SHARA NOVA, CAROLINE SHAW & SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER

JAVON JACKSON WITH NIKKI GIOVANNI & NNENNA FREELON

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO NIKKI GIOVANNI

WILLIAM PARKER

MAYAN SPACE STATION & IN ORDER TO SURVIVE

BILL FRISELL

TRIO WITH KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
& BILL FRISELL FOUR

MARY HALVORSON

AMARYLLIS & BELLADONNA

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN

IN THESE TIMES

MICHAEL SCHACHTER’S CYCLE OF LIFE

PERFORMED BY KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH TESSA LARK

THE MUSIC OF
ELIANE RADIGUE

NATE WOOLEY & CAROL ROBINSON

THE MUSIC OF
ANNEA LOCKWOOD

NATE WOOLEY & YARN/WIRE

BAGATELLES PT. 1

BRIAN MARSELLA TRIO & JOHN MEDESKI TRIO

BAGATELLES PT. 2

MARY HALVORSON TRIO & TRIGGER

CHAMBER MUSIC

JACK QUARTET WITH YURA LEE, MICHAEL NICOLAS & SAE HASHIMOTO

PAINKILLER

JOHN ZORN / BILL LASWELL / DAVE LOMBARDO

COBRA

FRISELL / HALVORSON / GREENE / MARSELLA / MEDESKI / NICOLAS / DUNN / HANES / HASHIMOTO / LOMBARDO / EDGCOMB / WOLLESEN

INCERTO

JULIAN LAGE / JORGE ROEDER / BRIAN MARSELLA / CHES SMITH

SUITE FOR PIANO

BRIAN MARSELLA / JORGE ROEDER / CHES SMITH

GNOSTIC TRIO

CAROL EMANUEL / BILL FRISELL / KENNY WOLLESEN

NOVE CANTICI

BILL FRISELL / JULIAN LAGE / GYAN RILEY

A CAPELLA VOCAL MUSIC

KIRSTEN SOLLEK / ELIZA BAGG / ELIZABETH BATES / SARAH BRAILEY / RACHEL CALLOWAY

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Big Ears collaborates with artists, audiences, and communities to create joyful, meaningful, and transcendent cultural experiences that defy boundaries, fuel curiosity, ignite the spirit, and nourish the soul.

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Contained within a walkable radius of historic downtown Knoxville…[Big Ears] creates its own atmospheric climate, along with a center of gravity.

Instead of sales metrics or star power, Big Ears contemplates the perceptual properties of music

At the silo-destroying Big Ears Festival, music liberated from the confines of category and overt commercialism.

The Big Ears Festival, which unfolds each spring in Knoxville, Tennessee, might be the most open-minded music gathering in the country.

There’s no other festival quite like Big Ears.

One of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over.

It’s no exaggeration to describe the Big Ears Festival as one of the most unique and eclectic musical gatherings one may ever be fortunate enough to encounter.

“Sons of Kemet brought its exultant blend of carnival rhythm, club abandon and jazz improv to a midnight show … The set drew from a knockout recent album, Your Queen Is a Reptile, but with a spirit of freedom in the moment — whatever setting you think suits it best, it’s music made for a perpetual now.”

— Nate Chinen

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Broadcast your love of music and support Big Ears at the same time! Our online store features a variety of designs from recent Festival years.

Knoxville, TN

Big Ears is deeply connected to the city of Knoxville. Each year, just as we delight in sharing new listening experiences with audiences, introducing visitors to our town is a point of immense pride. Learn all about this great city and explore resources we’ve gathered to help you plan your next trip!

Your partnership makes it possible for us to sustain, year after year, the extraordinary—and all-too-rare—range of work that sets Big Ears apart from other festivals. We can only do what we do because of you.

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Big Ears shares the joy and transformative power of extraordinary music and art with tens of thousands of people annually thanks in large part to corporate, foundation, and government investment.

On NPR’s Jazz Night in America, host Christian McBride reflects on ECM Records artist performances at Big Ears 2019: “Three letters,” he says, “that have come to be synonymous with cutting-edge modern jazz.”

Big Ears is much more than just a yearly in-person experience. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and be sure to subscribe to our email list, for year-round opportunities to experience, discuss & share great music.

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