Antony, Fennesz, Glass at Big Ears Fest



Amazing lineup
next weekend includes Antony,
Philip Glass, Michael Gira, Fennesz, Dan Deacon and Negativland.


By Fred Mills



Holy crap. While everybody’s busy pissing themselves
over the (admittedly stellar) lineup for this year’s Langerado Festival that
takes place in Florida March 6-8, clued-in hipsters know that the 2009 festival
season officially begins a month earlier in, of all places, Knoxville, TN.


That’s right: next week, Feb. 6-8, marks the inaugural
BIG EARS 2009 festival in Knoxville, and as the organizers put it, “The
festival will offer an exciting and dynamic platform of musical and artistic
discovery, presenting a variety of adventurous, exploratory concerts and
performances, installations, discussions, and interactive experiences by
artists possessed of singular and unique visions that stand apart from the


Boy howdy to that – just glom onto this list of
artists set to appear:

Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter
Antony and the Johnsons
Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street
The Necks
Michael Gira
Fennesz collaborating with Mark Linkous and Scott Minor (of Sparklehorse);
Pauline Oliveros
Neil Hamburger
Dan Deacon + Baltimore Round Robin
Burning Star Core (C Spencer Yeh)
San Agustin
David Daniel
Luminescent Orchestrii
Sxip Shirey
Fence Kitchen
Nicolas Collins
Larkin Grimm
Ned Rothenberg
The Shaking Ray Levis



I mean, a festival with Antony,
Negativland, Dan Deacon, Christian Fennesz (making an incredibly rare U.S.
appearance), Philip Glass and The Shaking
Ray Levis
?!? WTF!! (While we’re on the subject, let us all congratulate the
Shaking Ray Levi society for over 20 years of service and dedication…)


Events will kick off Friday at 5 pm (Sat/Sun shows
begin at noon) at venues around Knoxville’s
downtown area, with the big shows taking place at the storied Bijou Theatre.
While festival passes are being sold (see below for details), individual
tickets for the Bijou concerts are also on sale at the box office
(865-684-1200) or the Big Ears website.




 Those shows



Fennesz Friday, February 6, 2009 at 8pm

Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street
Friday, February 6, 2009 at 10:30pm

Philip Glass Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 3pm

Antony &
The Jonhsons Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8pm

The Necks Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11pm

Negativland Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 2:30pm

Festival Finale: Michael Gira & Fennesz/Linkous/Minor and Larkin Grimm Sunday,
February 8, 2009 at 7pm

There will also be various workshops taking place
throughout the weekend, including the “Mooglab” (hosted by the Bob Moog
Foundation), a lecture by Pauline Oliveros, the “Hardware Hacking” workshop
with Nicolas Collins and a drum workshop by the Levis. For all the details, schedules and
ticketing, go to the official website at




Two weekend festival passes are available:

The Inner Ear Pass:
A limited number of Inner Ear festival passes are available for $195. An
Inner Ear festival pass entitles you to admission to ALL festival events
during the Big Ears weekend. This includes first-tier reserved seats to all
theater performances, including Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter, Antony and the Johnsons, Fennesz (solo), Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street, The Necks, Negativland ³It¹s All In Your Head,² and others.

The Outer Ear Pass:
A limited number of Outer Ear festival passes will also be offered for $100. Outer Ear passes include admission to all Big Ears performances (excluding Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter, Antony
and the Johnsons, and Michael Gira & Fennesz/Linkous/Minor with Larkin Grimm).


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