Source: Big Ears. Long list of great acts, as usual. More to come.
All-too-rare in North America outside of New York City, the prolific, iconoclastic composer/instrumentalist John Zorn will present eight concerts spanning some of his most recent work—among them the dazzling virtuoso guitar trio of Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, and Gyan Riley; songs written with lyricist Jesse Harris for Petra Haden; the “heavy metal” Hammond B-3 organ trio fronted by John Medeski; and the New Masada Quartet. Additionally, Terry Allen, Bill Callahan, Joe Henry, Cassandra Jenkins, Hadestown-creator Anais Mitchell (Bonny Light Horseman), and Andy Shauf will share their contributions to a new alternative American Songbook.
There’s a jazz festival within the festival, presenting titans like Andrew Cyrille, Jason Moran, and Ron Miles, powerful younger players like Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and the movers and shakers of the fresh, vital new jazz scenes in Chicago and London—Jaimie Branch, Damon Locks, Angel Bat Dawid, Sons of Kemet, and Nubya Garcia.
The iconic composer/vocal pioneer Meredith Monk returns, collaborating with Bang on a Can All-Stars for the live world-premiere performance of Memory Games, as well as an intimate duo performance with percussionist John Hollenbeck. The renowned Kronos Quartet will return to present their collaboration with filmmaker, Sam Green, A Thousand Thoughts, along with a second special program, and genre-defying legend Annette Peacock will offer a rare solo performance.
A new generation of visionary composers/performers will also showcase new work. Among them: 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw will perform her collaboration with Sō Percussion; 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Reid will present the live premiere of her Soundwalk Ensemble; composer/singer/flutist Nathalie Joachim will perform Femn d’Ayiti celebrating her Haitian heritage with Spektral Quartet; composer Tristan Perich will unveil a new piece for organ, performed by James McVinnie, one-bit electronics and 100 loudspeakers; and San Fermin’s Ellis Ludwig-Leone will premiere a new in-progress chamber opera.
SONS OF KEMET
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
AROOJ AFTAB & THE VULTURE PRINCE ENSEMBLE
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
TERRY ALLEN & THE PANHANDLE MYSTERY BAND
RON MILES QUINTET
KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
75 DOLLAR BILL
JOSHUA ABRAMS & NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
JAIMIE BRANCH FLY OR DIE
JOSEPH BRANCIFORTE & THEO BLECKMANN
KRIS DAVIS’ DIATOM RIBBONS
ANGEL BAT DAWID & SISTAZZ OF THE NITTY GRITTY
BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN
PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
MYRA MELFORD’S SNOWY EGRET
AURORA NEALAND & THE ROYAL ROSES
JEFF PARKER & THE NEW BREED
DAFNIS PRIETO’S SÍ O SÍ QUARTET
ELLEN REID SOUNDWALK ENSEMBLE
GYAN RILEY ELIXIR
CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH
CHES SMITH WE ALL BREAK
SPORTY’S BRASS BAND
DAN WEISS STAREBABY
AND MANY MORE!
THE MUSIC OF JOHN ZORN
NEW ORLEANS / HAITI AND BEYOND
FEATURING BIG EARS’ FIRST-EVER KREWE DU KANAVAL
CURATED BY PRESERVATION HALL’S BEN JAFFE