ALL NIGHT FLIGHT: DREAMS OF THE WHIRLWIND
12 hours of continuous sound
12:00 AM – 12:00 PM SUNDAY, 24 MARCH
OPEN TO BIG EARS PASS HOLDERS, $10 FOR GENERAL PUBLIC
ALL NIGHT FLIGHT returns to Big Ears for its second edition with nearly two-dozen musicians and a team of four visual artists. Beginning when the clock ticks from Saturday, March 23, to Sunday, March 24, the drone will commence, one artist’s interpretation emptying directly into the next. Acoustic textures will meld and mix with electronic ones, international experimental stars co-mingling with regional upstarts from both sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
From the start, the drone has been an enduring component of Big Ears’ musical vision. From that first year, when the prophet of deep listening Pauline Oliveros held court in the Knoxville Museum of Art, to the moment nearly a decade later when Sunn O))) turned the historic Tennessee Theatre into a vortex of heavy metal hum, sustained tones in all forms and timbres have been key to our programming mission. Fitting, we think, for one of the oldest and most cross-cultural musical models in the world.
Drone is sound based on sustain and repetition through instrumentation or vocalization. A universal musical experience – from the didgeridoos of Indigenous Australians to Tibetan Buddhist liturgies to the tanpura of India to the bagpipes of Scotland and the Jajouka music of Morocco. Drone is one of the oldest, most primitive form of making music.
There’s a sacred element to drone through which performers and listeners can tap into the euphoric, the meditative, the spiritual, and even the hallucinatory. Join us in this immersive experience that is sure to push the boundaries of time and music.
This is not a formal concert, requiring those in attendance to stand, sit, remain completely silent, or even stay the entire time. Come and go as you please. Relax. Listen. Read a book in the corner. Doze off, and return as you like into a space consumed by continual sound. We encourage you to bring pillows, yoga mats, sleeping bags, blankets, snacks – whatever necessary to keep you comfortable during the ALL NIGHT FLIGHT. Patrons are welcome to lie down, rest up, zone out, sleep, stay awake, and take in this communal experience.