In the Echoes Podcast, we talk to Ashley Capps about his Big Ears 2020 Festival. Then we remember drummer Jon Christensen, the ECM house drummer.
The Big Ears Music Festival 2020 is upon us. We talk to founder Ashley Capps as well as Kronos and The Necks about this year’s collection of over 100 artists, which includes Terry Riley, Patti Smith, John Paul Jones, Meredith Monk, William Tyler & Mary Lattimore, and especially, artists you’ve never heard before. Below is a playlist of tracks from the Big Ears Feature.
Then we remember Jon Christensen. This past Monday, the rhythm of the world got a little less interesting with his passing. Jon Christensen was a drummer who defined the sound of Norwegian jazz through his more than 70 recordings on ECM records. He was effectively the house drummer playing with Keith Jarrett, Terje Rypdal, Jan Garbarek, Ralph Towner and so many others. Now he’s left the planet, stroking his last cymbal on February 18, 2020. We remember him in the Echoes Podcast including clips from a never-published 1996 interview.