Big Ears Launch Party

Help us kick off this year’s amazing weekend at the official Big Ears Launch Party at The Mill & Mine this Thursday at 5pm.

You’ll be welcomed by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Big Ears Artistic Director Ashley Capps, plus poetry from slam master Black Atticus and student performances by our Little Ears partners Joy of Music School and the Community School of the Arts.

Then, Andy Bliss and Nief-Norf will invoke the spirit of the weekend with an homage to the late composer and creator of “Deep Listening” Pauline Oliveros — whose presence at Big Ears 2009 continues to resonate throughout the festival — performing her Single Stroke Roll Meditation, followed by a performance of Michael Gordon’s riveting percussion masterwork, Timber.

From there, the magic of Big Ears will continue to unfold over the next four days. Join us!

Knoxville, TN · USA



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