Inside of Knoxville
13.05.17, Big Ears 2017, Part One
I made another trek past the Old City for a performance of Jóhann Johannsson’s, “Drone Mass featuring ACME (they were everywhere) and Theatre of Voices at the Mill and Mine. I’m so glad I made the walk. Based on an excerpt from the Coptic Gospel, the 2015 work proved to be, perhaps, the most beautiful performance of the festival, for me. Reverent, but modern, with electronic drones underlying beautiful string and vocal work, I left impressed that hundreds of people stood throughout the hour-long performance, with very little attrition. Whether considered holy, meditation or simply relaxing, the music transfixed the audience throughout. World class music meets world class listeners, which is what Big Ears is all about.
March 27, 2017