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Meet us at Big Ears this week

By Erlend Buflaten Posted: 21. Mar, 2018

5 Norwegian acts are set to play the U.S. festival this week

We’re on our way to Knoxville. Check out who’s playing where and when below.

Jaga Jazzist

Jaga Jazzist (photo: Espen Hoydalsvik)

Thursday 22.
10:15 PM – 11:15 PM
Bijou Theatre

Friday Mar 23.
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Mill & Mine

Brothers Lars and Martin Horntveth became phenoms of the jazz world while they were still in their teens. Their surprise debut of upbeat, quirky nu jazz—plus a spunky live show—landed them a contract with Warner. 2002’s ‘A Livingroom Hush,’ their first for the major label, netted them the coveted Norwegian music Alarm Award, and was named the best jazz album of the year by the BBC. Nearly a decade later, the outlet now describes the ensemble, which has flourished into an instrumentally ambidextrous 8-piece, as “what all modern forward-thinking bands should aspire to.”

Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval (photo: Jenny Berger Myhre)

Friday Mar 23.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Bijou Theatre

Norwegian artist and writer Jenny Hval has developed her distinct take on intimate sound since the release of her debut eponymous album in 2006. For her last two solo albums, 2013’s Innocence Is Kinky and 2015’s Apocalypse, girl, she has received thoughtful and widespread international acclaim for her fascinating voice, singular delivery and markedly non-traditional arrangements which incorporate elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film. The New York Times defines her writing as “taking a scalpel to the subjects of gender politics and sexuality.” Hval has eloquently brought to light issues of both male and female gaze, which for years had been swept under the rug and/or denied all together.



Susanna, Giovanna Pessi, Frode Haltli, Cheyenne Mize & Susan Alcorn
Thursday, Mar 22
Venue Visit Knoxville
12:00PM – 1:00PM

Thursday Mar 22
Bijou Theatre
8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Susanna ft. Giovanna Pessi, Frode Haltli & Cheyenne Mize with special guest Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Friday Mar 23
Bijou Theatre
10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Norwegian artist Susanna (1979) is the woman behind Susanna and the Magical Orchestra // Susanna // Susanna Wallumrød, releasing music since 2004 through independent labels like Norwegian Rune Grammofon and German ECM Records, and through her own label SusannaSonata since 2011. She is known for her transforming of songs by AC/DC, Dolly Parton, Thin Lizzy and Leonard Cohen among others, but also for her strong originals and her collaboration with artists like Jenny Hval, Ensemble neoN and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

11 albums so far (by 2017) – all highly acclaimed, the most recent one ‘Triangle’ is a massive 22 songs long song cycle which has received praise in Norway and abroad, and won the Norwegian Grammy Award Spellemannprisen in Open Category.

The Thing

The Thing

Friday, Mar 23
The Standard
11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

The Thing are a Norwegian/Swedish jazz trio, consisting of Mats Gustafsson (saxophones), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass), and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums).

The trio was a long wanted constellation where several musical styles meet in a very high energetic outlet. All members are influenced by different traditions of free music derived from Germany, England and the US, and these influences are to be felt not necessarily heard.

Paal Nilssen-Love & Arto Lindsay

Paal Nilssen-Love

Saturday, Mar 24
The Standard
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Infamous drummer from Norway touring the world constantly. During Big ears he is playing in the band The Thing and together with Arto Lindsay.

Today his portfolio also includes his own trio with Ken Vandermark and Ab Baars, the bands Large Unit, School Days, The Thing, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Peter Brötzmann & Ken Vandermark, guitarist Terrie Hessels (The Ex), saxophonist John Butcher, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise experimentalist Lasse Marhaug.

Panel: Genre bending - Limits & Opportunities

Saturday, March 24
Visit Knoxville Visitor’s Center
3:00PM – 4:00PM

Why just stick to one genre when you can explore it all? We want to look deeper into artists that back in the days was something unusual – genre bending. This year we have a strong Norwegian presence. As a small country, Norway has a lot of artists that cross genres and it seems that they have no boundaries. This is happening more and more across the world – so this does not only apply to Norway. Maybe genre is more of a boundary or media-made than how the artists see it?

Lars Horntvedt (Jaga Jazzist)
Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (Artistic Director, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival)
Marthe Heggenhougen (Manager & Booker, VIBE Agency)
Moderated by Einar I. Eidsvåg (Project Manager, Music Norway)

Right after the panel, everyone is invited to our little reception at Visit Knoxville. It is a laid back mingling session and there will be served food and beer.


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