Big Ears 2022 Lineup Announced

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.

JOHN ZORN
SPARKS
MEREDITH MONK
MOSES SUMNEY
KIM GORDON
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
YVES TUMOR
LOW
ANNETTE PEACOCK
KRONOS QUARTET
BILL FRISELL
SONS OF KEMET
JASON MORAN
BILL CALLAHAN
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
MARC RIBOT
CAROLINE SHAW
JOE HENRY
EFTERKLANG
MDOU MOCTAR
AROOJ AFTAB & THE VULTURE PRINCE ENSEMBLE
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
ANDREW CYRILLE
TERRY ALLEN & THE PANHANDLE MYSTERY BAND
RON MILES QUINTET
SŌ PERCUSSION
NATHALIE JOACHIM
NUBYA GARCIA
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS
KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
DAWN RICHARD
SAUL WILLIAMS
75 DOLLAR BILL
79RS GANG
JOSHUA ABRAMS & NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
ARENI AGBABIAN
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE
ATTACCA QUARTET
BALÚN
JAIMIE BRANCH FLY OR DIE
JOSEPH BRANCIFORTE & THEO BLECKMANN
THEON CROSS
SARAH DAVACHI
KRIS DAVIS’ DIATOM RIBBONS
ANGEL BAT DAWID & SISTAZZ OF THE NITTY GRITTY
BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN
ALABASTER DEPLUME
DOS SANTOS
FENNESZ
HARRIET TUBMAN
JOHN HOLLENBECK
VAL JEANTY
CASSANDRA JENKINS
L’RAIN
LAKOU MIZIK
MARY LATTIMORE
LISEL
ELLIS LUDWIG-LEONE
PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
LEYLA MCCALLA
JAMES MCVINNIE
MYRA MELFORD’S SNOWY EGRET
MSSV
AURORA NEALAND & THE ROYAL ROSES
ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN
JEFF PARKER & THE NEW BREED
TRISTAN PERICH
LIDO PIMIENTA
DAFNIS PRIETO’S SÍ O SÍ QUARTET
RAM
ELLEN REID SOUNDWALK ENSEMBLE
GYAN RILEY ELIXIR
CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH
ANDY SHAUF
CHES SMITH WE ALL BREAK
SPEKTRAL QUARTET
SPORTY’S BRASS BAND
SUDAN ARCHIVES
CRAIG TABORN
WILLIAM TYLER
DAN WEISS STAREBABY
AND MANY MORE!

THE MUSIC OF JOHN ZORN
BILL FRISELL
STEPHEN GOSLING
KENNY GROHOWSKI
PETRA HADEN
SAE HASHIMOTO
MATT HOLLENBERG
JESSE HARRIS
JULIAN LAGE
BRIAN MARSELLA
JOHN MEDESKI
GYAN RILEY
JORGE ROEDER
CHES SMITH
KENNY WOLLESEN

NEW ORLEANS / HAITI AND BEYOND
FEATURING BIG EARS’ FIRST-EVER KREWE DU KANAVAL
CURATED BY PRESERVATION HALL’S BEN JAFFE

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