Gavin Bryars to make US debut

Gavin Bryars to make US debut


norman lebrecht

October 20, 2016

The Big Ears Festival of Knoxville, Tennessee, is claiming the significant coup of luring out the recluvie UK composer Gavin Bryars to play an American venue for the first time with his own ensemble.


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Forget composer in residence. They also have Carla Bley, Meredith Monk and 2016 Pulitzer winner Henry Threadgill. And somebody has rewritten Gorecki’s 3rd symphony.

It’s the third week in March. Beats most other new-music fests for major headline acts.

(How come we’ve never been to Tennessee?)

Look who else is there:

American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Emilia Amper
Maya Beiser
Theo Bleckmann
Carla Bley Trio with Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard
Carla Bley with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Blonde Redhead featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Claire Chase
Jace Clayton presents Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner
Oliver Coates
The Crossing
Alvin Curran
DJ Rupture
Henry Grimes
Rachel Grimes “The Way Forth” Featuring Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg
Dave Harrington Group
Frode Haltli: The Border Woods
Yasmine Hamdan
Horse Lords
Michael Hurley
Philip Jeck
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express
Sarah Kirkland Snider Unremembered: DM Stith, Shara Worden, Padma Newsome
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Glenn Kotche
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O’Donovan
Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone
The Magnetic Fields: Fifty Song Memoir
Matmos perform Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (Private Parts)
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: The Soul’s Messenger
Lisa Moore
Musica Elettronica Viva (Alvin Curran, Richard Teitelbaum, & Frederic Rzewski)
My Brightest Diamond
Nils Økland Band
On Fillmore
Shane Parish
Yuki Numata Resnick
Frederic Rzewski
Lætitia Sadier
Joan Shelley
Sir Richard Bishop
Six Organs of Admittance
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Colin Stetson presents Sorrow: A Reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony
Ståle Storløkken
Ståle Storløkken & Arve Henriksen
Theatre of Voices
Henry Threadgill’s Zooid
Richard Teitelbaum
Wu Fei
Xiu Xiu


  • V.Lind says:

    (How come we’ve never been to Tennessee?)

    Can’t imagine. I would have thought you might want to go in tribute to Samuel Barber!

    • Mikey says:

      Why associate Barber with Tenn.? He wasn’t from there.

      If you refer to Knoxville, then you would be paying more homage to James Agee than Sam Barber.