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Big Ears Festival: Day 1

Violinist and singer Iva Bittova performs with the Calder Quartet during the opening concert of the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. 'I hope you understood everything I was singing,' said Bittova after performing Moravian poetry from her native Czech Republic.

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Violinist and singer Iva Bittova performs with the Calder Quartet during the opening concert of the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. "I hope you understood everything I was singing," said Bittova after performing Moravian poetry from her native Czech Republic.

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  • Andrew Bulbrook performs with the Calder Quartet during the opening concert of the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. The string quartet is slated for two more Big Ear shows - with Andrew W.K. at the Square Room and with composer Terry Riley at the Bijou Theatre.
  • Violinist and singer Iva Bittova performs with the Calder Quartet during the opening concert of the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. 'I hope you understood everything I was singing,' said Bittova after performing Moravian poetry from her native Czech Republic.
  • Founder Ashley Capps opens the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
  • Sam Amidon opens the Big Ears Festival with his brand of contemporary Appalachian folk music Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
  • Guitarist 'Brainworlds' performs with his electronic music group 'Council' outside the Knoxville Museum of Art on opening day of the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010.
  • A concert-goer pauses to take in the electronic sounds of 'Council' at the Knoxville Museum of Art on opening day of the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010. The group consists of Will Wright, Jordan Noel, Dan McCormack and a guitarist named Brainworlds.
  • Will Wright and his experimental music group 'Council' perform outside the Knoxville Museum of Art on opening day of the Big Ears Festival Friday, March 26, 2010.

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