Big Ears is one of the most expansive, eclectic and challenging music festivals in the world. In downtown Knoxville Tennessee, musicians from around the world and across genres convene in concerts that test the limits of sound and music.
Brian Eno’s Discreet Music is the seminal work of ambient music. Now Contact has taken this electronic piece and arranged it for acoustic instruments. Contact’s Discreet Music is the Echoes CD of the Month.
Steven Halpern released his first album of electric piano modalities, Spectrum Suite, in 1975. That makes 2015 his 40th anniversary as a recording artist. We talk to Halpern about the evolution of his music from the “anti-frantic alternative” to his concepts of sound healing.
Ólafur Arnalds is one of the signature composers of ambient chamber music, and in the last year, he’s released an album based on the compositions of Chopin, scored BBC TV series, Broadchurch and recorded an all electronic project as Kiasmos.
Slow Meadow is the performance name of Matt Kidd who has collaborated with the band Hammock, but has created his own approach to ambient chamber music. We walk through the fields of Matt Kidd’s Slow Meadow.