The Adventure Continues…Help Us Sustain the Momentum

Big Ears 2024 was a breathtaking celebration of creativity and the power of human expression. From captivating musical performances from luminaries like Rhiannon Giddens and Henry Threadgill to thought-provoking film screenings, engaging discussions, and lively events like Kenny Wollesen’s Wolle-Sonic Massages and Steve Keene’s live painting, Big Ears brought together artists and audiences from around the globe in a spirit of unity and exploration.

However, what truly made this year’s festival exceptional was the support of individuals like you.

As a non-profit organization, it’s the generosity of our donors that enables us to curate an extraordinary lineup, provide unparalleled experiences for attendees, and continue our mission of fostering artistic excellence and cultural exchange.

But our work is far from over. As we look to the future, we are committed to ensuring that the Big Ears Festival remains a beacon of creativity and innovation for years to come.

And we cannot do it alone.

By making a gift today, you will help us continue to push boundaries, challenge perspectives, and inspire creativity for years to come.

Celebrating Marshall Allen

On May 25, the iconic alto saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader Marshall Allen celebrated his 100th spin around the sun, a momentous occasion for Philadelphia’s most revered interstellar jazzman. 

In celebration of his birthday NTS Radio host Naima Nef chatted with Allen about his early life and memories as well as the music that shaped him.

Listen: Marshall Allen in Conversation with Naima Nef

Carl Craig Documentary Arrives

Told through Craig himself as well as the legions of artists that have played a part in his meteoric rise, Desire: The Carl Craig Story beautifully and boldly captures Carl’s extraordinary journey through music and beyond. Fans will recognize names like Gilles Peterson, Moodymann, Laurent Garnier, DJ Minx and more, but everyone will be captivated by the personality and perseverance that shines through in his music, putting Carl’s story in conversation with some of the most pioneering artists working today.

The documentary premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival this month.

Watch: Desire: The Carl Craig Story- Teaser

Hatis Noit on Global Spin

Hatis Noit recently appeared on an episode of “Global Spin,” a Grammy original series that features artists from all over the world in celebration of the global music community. Relying solely on the visceral power of her vocals, she delivered a moving rendition of her song “Sir Etok” from her most recent album Aura.

Watch: Hatis Noit Performs “Sir Etok”

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