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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Grab them Big Ears and check out this festival news

We know the Big Ears Festival is coming up March 26-28 in Knoxville.

Now we've got a full concert schedule, that also includes Sufjan Stevens joining Clogs, Adrian Belew, William Basinki, Liturgy, Konk Pack, Abe Vigoda and Ches Smith.

The Clogs performance is set to be the ONLY live perf of the entire new Clogs album with all guest vocalists helping out.

Tim Hecker, electronic ambient composer, will be working with composer/performer Ben Frost for the first time.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform a series of pieces written by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth and Thurston Moore as well as Michael gordon and Evan Ziporyn (I will be hunting for video clips of this one). They'll also perform a special sohw featuring Brian Eno's Music for Airports with Books and Tim Hecker.

Aritst-in-residence Terry Riley’s series of programs during the festival weekend will also feature some rarely heard work. Riley will perform a concert on the extraordinary new pipe organ at the University of Tennessee’s Cox Auditorium, presenting music commissioned in 2008 by the LA Philharmonic to christen the pipe organ at Disney Hall. This will mark the first time that the program has been presented outside of Los Angeles. Riley will also perform his rarely heard recent work, Autodreamographical Tales, with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, prior to a performance of his legendary masterwork, In C, with an all-star cast of festival performers. In addition, Riley will perform other solo work as well as with his quartet, featuring electric violin virtuoso Tracy Silverman, guitarist Gyan Riley, and drummer Ches Smith (of Secret Chiefs 3 and Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog). The Calder Quartet will also present a program of Riley’s string quartets as well.

The Ex will perform south of the Mason-Dixon line for the first time in 30 years

get the full schedule and ticket info

still a few short items before i'm left with just full news items -
  • K Records has announced their SXSW showcase to feature Tomlab, Asthmatic Kitty and Sounds Familyre
  • Jeremy Jay will release Splash on K Recs in May
  • Field Music's new album is streaming on KCRW
  • and from Twitter, an interview with Kathleen Hanna

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