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Full Lineup Revealed for 2019 Big Ears Festival

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jack DeJohnette, Sons of Kemet, and Mary Halvorson are among the headliners for the March event in Knoxville

The DeJohnette Coltrane Garrison trio (left to right: Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, Matthew Garrison)
The DeJohnette Coltrane Garrison trio (left to right: Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, Matthew Garrison)

The genre-ignoring Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tenn., now in its 10th year, will take place Mar. 21-24, 2019.

The four-day event will feature more than 100 shows—along with films, exhibitions, talks, and interactive experiences like a 12-hour drone concert—in more than 12 venues in and around downtown Knoxville.

Jazz performances will include a 50th-anniversary concert by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, along with shows featuring Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, Vijay Iyer, Mary Halvorson, Makaya McCraven, Craig Taborn, Shabaka Hutchings, Mats Gustafsson, and Nicole Mitchell.

For more information, and to buy tickets, go here. The festival’s full lineup is listed below.

Alien Flower Sutra
Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones
The Art Ensemble of Chicago
Artifacts Trio
Avey Tare
Avishai Cohen Quartet
Béla Fleck
Béla Fleck & Edmar Castañeda
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan
Bill Frisell and the Mesmerists featuring Tony Scheer, Kenny Wollesen and the films of Bill Morrison
Bill Frisell’s Harmony featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts & Luke Bergman
Brooklyn Rider
Carl Stone
Carla Bley TRIOS with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow
Carla Kihlstedt
Clarice Jensen + Jonathan Turner: For this from that will be filled
Columbia Icefield
The Comet Is Coming
David Torn
DeJohnette Coltrane Garrison
Derek Gripper
Dragnet Girl with Live Score by Coupler
Evan Parker / Matt Wright Trance Map+
Ever Present Orchestra
Gabriel Kahane
Harold Budd
Ian Chang
International Contemporary Ensemble
Irreversible Entanglements
Jerusalem in My Heart
Joan La Barbara performs works by Alvin Lucier
Joan La Barbara: Voice Is the Original Instrument
Joep Beving
Kara-Lis Coverdale
Kayhan Kalhor
Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider
Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert
Kim Kashkashian
Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir
Larry Grenadier
Lonnie Holley
Lonnie Holley and the Messthetics
Makaya McCraven
Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl
Mathias Eick Quintet
Matt Wilson’s Honey & Salt
Mercury Rev
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble Cellular Songs Concert
The Messthetics
Moor Mother
Mountain Man
Nashville Ballet: Lucy Negro Redux
Nate Wooley
Nief Norf
Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN
Nils Frahm
Oren Ambarchi
Parker / Schlippenbach / Lytton Trio
Peter Gregson
Punch Brothers
Rachel Grimes: The Way Forth
Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English
Ralph Towner
Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi
Richard Thompson: Killed in Action
Roomful of Teeth
Shai Maestro Trio
Sons of Kemet
Sun of Goldfinger (David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith)
Theo Bleckmann: Berlin – Song of Love and War, Peace and Exile
Theo Bleckmann: Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush
This Is Not This Heat
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
TRIPTYCH (Eyes of One on Another)
Uncle Earl
Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn
Wadada Leo Smith: Reflections and Meditations on Monk
Wadada Leo Smith’s Nda, Performing “Divine Love” with Bobby Naughton & Dwight Andrews
Yunohana Variations with Susie Ibarra, YoshimiO and Robert Aki Aubrey Lowe
Yves Tumor

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