The Groundbreaking Women Composers of Big Ears 2019

Source: Big Ears Festival has a nice piece up on women composers represented in this year’s events.

In recent years, a long-overdue discussion about the lack of representation for female composers has entered the mainstream conversation. Big Ears is proud of its tradition in this realm, from presenting Pauline Oliveros a decade ago to offering Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields and Jenny Scheinman’s Kannapolis only last year, among many others. These pieces are the profound works of visionary artists—our booking criterion, since the start.

This year, we’re upping the ante, from Rhiannon Giddens’ riveting work on Lucy Negro Redux to Mary Halvorson’s meticulous compositions with her Code Girl band. Rachel Grimes will present the second full performance of her folk opera, The Way Forth, following its world premiere with the Louisville Orchestra this weekend. Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara, Carla Bley, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Carla Kihlstedt, Aurora Nealand, Jlin, Clarice Jensen: They’re all performing at Big Ears 2019, too. We’ll also present a series of three concerts by the International Contemporary Ensemble featuring the works of four emerging women composers and a performance by Nate Wooley featuring the works of the great Eliane Radigue and Annea Lockwood.