Top 5 Moments From the 2017 Big Ears Festival

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Despite an almost impossibly diverse lineup of musical artists and styles, there was one constant theme that ran throughout my experience at Big Ears. Whether hearing violinist Yuki Numata Resnick’s awe-inducing take on Bach, the vocal dreamworks of Meredith Monk, or the intoxicating pop music of Yasmine Hamdan, I got lost in the music everywhere I went. In those moments, nothing but the sound itself mattered. What was most remarkable was the wide variety of sounds that presented this paradigm: minimalist drone; dizzying math rock; visceral, ambient noise; ethereal vocals; blistering, down-and-dirty free jazz. All extolled their own distinct virtues–and presented in both casual and formal venues, in front of attentive crowds–became their own kind of gospel truth in sonic form.