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From Beijing to Nashville, Wu Fei has redefined Chinese classical music.  From collaborations with John Zorn to Abigial Washburn, she has opened up what the guzheng can bring to modern music.  Wu Fei performs live in the studio and discusses the magic of her instrument. She will be back in Knoxville this spring as part of the Big Ears Festival.  This podcast version includes the full performance and interview with Todd Steed.

The Chicago-based chamber group, eighth blackbird, combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the staging of a theatre company. This energetic, four-time Grammy award-winning sextet celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 and also celebrates being awarded the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.  eighth blackbird has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet." 

A Big Ears Interview With Cellist Maya Beiser

Mar 31, 2016

Whitney Dodds talks with Maya Beiser about the Big Ears Festival, defying musical genres and being a cello goddess.

Kamasi Washington talks to Todd Steed about his Big Ears performance and his booming career. 

Guitarist Mary Halvorson discusses the joys and challenges of playing solo.  Halvorson is here in Knoxville this week as part of the Big Ears festival. 

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