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The Embiggening – Immune to Boredom on Big Ears 2018

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Immune to Boredom is a self-described “Unreliable Narrator seeking connection in a fragmented world”. A huge part of the said connection apparently includes Big Ears – the very same festival we went to!

Its time to dive in and see what ItB wrote/shared with the world.

 

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Ears Embiggened (Big Ears Prep/Preview)

Big Ears Sensory OverloadFour days jam packed with more music than you can shake a stick at, and way more than you can hope to catch. It is a banquet that offers far more than you can possibly sample, even if your appetite is yoooge.

The Fine Vibrations of the Well Plucked String – The well plucked string is a slippery damn slope, no question. Ask anyone who has a bottomless guitar collecting habit. Or ask their significant other.

Seven Bassoons. No, ReallyHidden among the riches in the 2018 Big Ears schedule is the Rushes Ensemble on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Now strangely, there is no mention of Rushes Ensemble on the festival lineup page, so they might be easy to miss.

Rova – The Rova Saxophone Quartet played in Atlanta tonight, a little sneak preview of the coming sonic onslaught of Big Ears. Two sets, unamplified, in the beautifully resonant Existentialist Congregation Church in Candler Park.

 

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The Embiggening

Day One – International Contemporary Ensemble, Susan Alcorn, Marc Ribot/David Hidalgo, Okkyung Lee, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Day Two – The Roscoe Mitchell Trio Five, International Contemporary Ensemble, Milford Graves, Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief and Mayhem, Evan Parker, Susanna/Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Tal National, The Thing, Jason Moran

Day Three – Nels Cline, Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait, Michael Gordon, Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, Milford Graves/Jason Moran, Roscoe Mitchell Trio, Rova Channels Coltrane: Electric Ascension, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel/Jeff Crompton

Day Four – Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Abigail Washburn/Wu Fei, Bangs (Jason Moran/Mary Halvorson/Ron Miles), Nief Norf, Bang on a Can All Stars, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel


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