Big Ears Festival

Rachel Grimes Digs Deep

Mar 18, 2017

Composer Rachel Grimes shares the stories and sometimes unpleasant surprises behind her new work, The Way Forth, which she will debut at the Big Ears Festival.  

Knoxville-based contemporary music ensemble, Nief-Norf, is presenting not one, but four concerts at this year's Big Ears Festival, including the opening concert at the official launch party.  Joined by special guest, percussionist Greg Stuart, the group will perform music by Michael Pisaro, Michael Gordeon, Pauline Oliveros, and Christopher Burns. Nief-Norf will "set the tone" of the festival by opening (at the launch party) with Oliveros' "Single Strike Roll Meditation," which requires the audience and performers to be fully present and in-the-moment.

Lynne Harty

Theo Bleckmann talks with Todd Steed about his moving new work and his upcoming Big Ears performance.

Asheville musician Shane Parish treats us to some solo acoustic music and discusses his intimate new recording.  He'll be back in town for the Big Ears Festival in March. 

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.

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