Another Big Ears Review

Source: Downbeat.

During the opening concert of this year’s Big Ears Festival, a train roared by just as the Kronos Quartet leaned into Michael Gordon’s vigorous “The Sad Park,” prompting violinist David Harrington to comment, “That train was great!”

Such a cheerful embrace of the accidental and the ambient was much in the spirit of John Cage, whose experimental outlook informed much of Big Ears, as did the improvisatory spirit of jazz, summed up nicely at a concert by pianist Jason Moran, who thanked the crowd for “coming out to hear music where you don’t know how it ends.”