Panel / Q&A: Festivals Like This: an Exploration into the Innovative

Moderator: the Quietus

Time: 10:00am • Friday, March 24

Participants: Bob van Heur (Le Guess Who?) / Ashley Capps (Big Ears) / Reiner Michalke (Stadtgarten Concert Hall), Ross Marshall (National Sawdust)

Description: Bringing together directors of some of the world’s most innovative festivals and venues, we hope to dive in and learn more about them – Le Guess Who?, Big Ears, National Sawdust, and Stadtgarten Concert Hall. What sets these festivals apart? What sets this programming apart? Where do they fit in the world? Why are they important?


Q&A/Discussion: Das Buch: a presentation by Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Moderator: Rob Young with WIRE

Time: 11:15am • Friday, March 24

Participants: Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Description: Want to know more about the German Krautrock pioneer Hans-Joachim Roedelius – co-founder of Cluster and Harmonia? Join us for the US premiere of Hans-Joachim Roedelius’ presentation of the English translation of his autobiography Roedelius – Das Buch. Moderated by Rob Young of WIRE, this presentation will consist of music samples, stories, and photos from all over Roedelius’ life.


Panel: Norwegian Invasion

Moderator: Peter Margasak with Chicago Reader

Time: 12:30pm • Friday, March 24

Participants: Nils Økland, Lars Petter Hagen, Jan Ole Otnæs, Helge Sten

Description: Norwegian artist Nils Okland, composer Lars Petter Hagen, director of the Oslo jazz venue Victoria, Jan Ole Otnæs, and Helge Sten will band together to discuss the Norwegian music scene. Moderated by Peter Margasak of the Chicago Reader, this panel will dive into how modern and experimental music crosses musical borders in jazz and beyond in Norway.


Panel: Musical Interpretations of Middle America

Moderator: the Quietus

Time: 10:00am • Saturday, March 25

Participants: Matana Roberts, M. C. Schmidt (Matmos)

Description: Following Matmos’ performance of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (Private Parts), this panel will cover how Middle America is represented and interpreted in music and arts in 2017.  Moderated by the Quietus’ Luke Turner, who called “the capturing of the American middle in Perfect Lives one of the most poignant aspects to Matmos’ interpretation.”


Q&A / Discussion: Uproot: a Presentation by Jace Clayton

Moderator: Rob Young with WIRE

Time: 11:15am • Saturday, March 25 – AT JACKSON TERMINAL

Participants: Jace Clayton

Description: The man behind DJ /rupture and Julius Eastman’s Memorial Dinner, Jace Clayton brings an opportunity for the audience to learn about his book Uproot more in depth. He’ll dip into upheavals of art productions, as well as an exploration into the transformation of digital technology, World Music, and the music industry.


Q&A: Fugazi’s Instrument: a Q&A with Guy Picciotto

Moderator: Ashley Capps (Big Ears)

Time: 12:00pm • Saturday, March 25 – AT REGAL

Participants: Guy Picciotto, Jem Cohen, Eric Dawson

Description: Following the screening of Instrument, Fugazi guitarist Guy Picciotto and Jem Cohen will be available for a Q&A session. From the Fugazi Live Series to Cohen’s history with the band, learn more about Fugazi and Instrument with this Q&A.


Panel: Folk Traditions in a Hyper-connected World

Moderator: the Quietus

Time: 12:30pm • Saturday, March 25

Participants: Emilia Amper, Wu Fei, Carissa Stolting, Shane Paris (Ahleuchatistas)

Description: This panel will explore folk traditions at a time when cultural borders are fragmenting. Moderated by the Quietus’ Luke Turner, the participants will consider a variety of questions. How do we preserve them? How do dialogues between different traditions work? Is cultural appropriation something to be celebrated not held in suspicion, for that’s how music evolves? What can music do to open dialogues in a time of increasing nationalism, mutual suspicion, and migration?


Panel: Making Art in a Time of Rage

Moderator: the Quietus

Time: 10:00am • Sunday, March 26

Participants: Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Cécile Schott (Colleen), Jessica Moss

Description: Inspired by Alex Ross’ article in the New Yorker, this panel will address creating art in uncertain times. What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant? Do you carry on as before, nobly defying the ruination of public discourse? Or do you seize on a new mission, abandoning the illusion of aesthetic autonomy?


Discussion: Pauline Oliveros – Impact and Influence

Moderator: Rob Young with WIRE

Time: 11:15am • Sunday, March 26

Participants: Emily Manzo (Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner), Alvin Curran

Description: Leading into a special presentation of her work Rock Piece at The Mill and Mine at 12:30pm, this discussion will cover the impact and influence of Pauline Oliveros. Though she passed away last November, Pauline Oliveros was a key figure in experimental music. She coined the term “Deep Listening” to practice the art of listening and responding to different conditions.


Discussion: When in Rome: a Glimpse into the Knoxville Music Scene

Moderator: the Quietus

Time: 12:30pm • Sunday, March 26

Participants: Mayor Madeline Rogero, Black Atticus, Jason Boardman, Eric Dawson, and Kelle Jolly.

Description: A discussion about music in Knoxville, what’s going on in the Knoxville underground, how the city supports music, and more. Participants include Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Poet Black Atticus, Jason Boardman (Pilot Light), and more.