The Big Ears Festival is always a smorgasbord of sound, a pan-global, cross-genre array of music unlike any on the planet. Held annually in Knoxville, TN, the 2023 edition, their 10th festival outing, was no different from the previous nine in its expansive musical embrace. From the jazz avant-garde to African kora players to electronic pioneers, Big Ears had it. There were artists you probably know, like Rickie Lee Jones and Bela Fleck, and artists you never heard of, like Jake Xerxes Fussell and Sona Jobarteh. And then, there was John Zorn.