In 2014, improvisational trip Nazoranai came together for their U.S. premiere at the Big Ears Festival. “Nazoranai: a documentary” goes behind the scenes, spending time with members Stephen O’Malley, Oren Ambarchi, and living legend Keiji Haino. Directed by Ivan Weiss. Cinematography by Ivan Weiss, Mika Chance, and Ligaiya Romero.


 Design: Natalie F. Smith

Design: Natalie F. Smith

A 10-part series for The Paris Review, “Big, Bent Ears” combines writing, video, audio and photography from the Big Ears Festival and other adventures. Written by Ivan Weiss and Sam Stephenson. Edited by Nicole Rudick. Video by Ivan Weiss. Photography and Video by Kate Joyce.


 Image: Ivan Weiss

Image: Ivan Weiss

A three-part series within “Big, Bent Ears” weaving together material from performances by Oren Ambarchi and crys cole, and Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE installation. Writing, Photography, and Video by Ivan Weiss.


A morning with piano tuner Tim Kirkland and the Mountain Men piano movers, a day before the Big Ears Festival begins. Video by Ivan Weiss. Cinematography by Ivan Weiss, Mika Chance, and Ligaiya Romero.


Big Ears Knoxville, a book of photographs by Kate Joyce, with essays by Rachel Grimes and Joe Henry. Set for publication in March 2019 by Hat & Beard Press.

The photographs were made under the influence of music.” — Kate Joyce