While 2017 doesn’t have an Artist-in-Residence, Wilco is leading the charge to change that. While there were a few Wilco offshoots already on the lineup, today it was announced that there will be a few more taking place over the 4-day weekend. Chief among them are Chikamorachi (the duo comprised of drummer Chris Corsano and upright bassist Darian Grey) playing an improvisational set with Jeff Tweedy. Also on tap from Wilcoland will be keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen’s space-synth jam project, Quindar.
Other highlights include the free jazz Matthew Shipp/Bobby Kapp duo, experimental saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts, Jeremy Gara of the Arcade Fire performing a set of improvisational music, and the avant-folk of White Magic.
See the full artist additions and daily lineups below:
Tweedy Meets Chikamorachi
Matthew Shipp and Bobby Kapp
Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder
A previously announced film program (a collaboration with Knoxville’s The Public Cinema) is set to provide 4 days of film set throughout the city with screenings taking place at the Tennessee Theatre, the Bijou Theatre, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the downtown Regal Riviera Stadium 8 Theater, and UT’s Downtown Gallery.
Diverse in selection, the highpoints include 11 works from filmmaker Jonathan Demme, including both the Talking Heads Stop Making Sense and 2016’s Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids. The weekend will also play host to Brooklyn’s Jem Cohen and his Big Ears specific Gravity Hill Sound+Image which will include both scored and improvisations, both indoors and outside, set to Cohen images from the likes of Guy Picciotto, Xylouris White, Jessica Moss, Matana Roberts, Todd Griffin, Katherine McRae, Mira Billotte, and multimedia tech team, Dawn of Man.
Other scores include Gavin Bryars’ Ensemble and Philip Jeck performing Sinking Of The Titanic from a returning Bill Morrison, Xiu Xiu reimagining David Lynch’s Twin Peaks soundtrack, and the Dave Harrington Group performing a live, improvised score to No Country For Old Men.
Big Ears Festival takes place March 23-26th in Knoxville, TN. Various weekend passes plus a film only pass are on sale now. Daily tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM EST. They can be found here. See the daily lineup below.