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Big Ears Festival Will Pay Tribute to 50 Years of ECM Records

The lineup of ECM-affiliated acts includes Carla Bley, Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago

The Art Ensemble of Chicago
The Art Ensemble of Chicago (L to R: Famoudou Don Moye, Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors Maghostut) backstage at S.O.B.’s, New York, March 1987 (photo: Enid Farber)

Big Ears, the expansive music festival out of Knoxville, Tenn., will pay tribute to ECM Records, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The storied label, founded in Germany by producer Manfred Eicher, has recorded some of the most consequential acts in jazz, including Paul Bley, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Gary Burton, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, and Pat Metheny.

The four-day festival, now in its 10th year, will run Thursday, Mar. 21, through Sunday, Mar. 24, featuring more than 100 concerts in 12 different venues and including films, exhibitions, discussions, and interactive experiences.

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