Playing saxophone with Fritz Myers
KnoxTrio presents "Footprints," an immersive, interdisciplinary concert program exploring sonic representations of the natural world from 1971 to the present. From George Crumb’s seminal trio Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) to Matthew Burtner’s atmospheric Snowprints (2001) to two 2018 world premieres (Victoria Romano, Ernest Ling), Footprints examines changing conceptions of humans’ precarious place within the environment, and the role of music in shaping these perspectives. About 70 minutes in length, the concert will feature five musical works interspersed with thoughtfully-curated video clips, sound clips, and theatrical elements designed to heighten a sense of “narrative synesthesia”. With Footprints, KnoxTrio aims to highlight paradoxes between the often lush, sublime beauty of environmental music and the harsh realities of environmental abuse and impending climate change.
The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary music. The nnSF offers an immersive think-tank environment in the state-of-the-art Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and presents 7-8 concerts of modern music, aiming to encourage both appreciation for live music and support for contemporary art.
The Nief-Norf Summer Festival features full-time, faculty-led workshops in performance, composition, and music technology lasting the duration of the festival. In addition, each year the nnSF hosts two international calls for projects: the first, a Call for Papers for a weekend-long Research Summit on contemporary music, and the second, a Call for Scores competition for composers. These projects bring some of our generation's brightest and most promising composers and scholars to the festival for interaction with the fellows, the faculty, and the Knoxville community.
I will be working as the Music Technology Assistant: helping run audio at concerts, electronics on electroacoustic works, and advising composition fellows as they explore the capabilities of technology.
Faculty recital; An evening of new vocal and instrumental chamber music featuring UT School of Music faculty members Chih-Long Hu, Shelley Binder, Kevin Class, Lorraine DiSimone, and Andrew Skoog. All works were composed in Italy and vocal music uses Italian texts. The concert will feature "La Pioggia nel Pineto," a four-movement setting of Gabriele D'Annunzio's famous poem that includes fixed electronics. The work is by UT faculty composer Brendan McConville.
Audio tech, Alex Gray
Unsilent Night, an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant plays one of four tracks of music downloaded to a smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising Unsilent Night.
As a group, we will stroll across the Pedestrian Bridge and through downtown Nashville, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture. We'll walk approximately 1.5 miles. All are welcome!
Hosted by Alex Ring Gray and Catherine Walker
Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. The fact that the participants play different "parts" simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece. Participants carry boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, and simultaneously start playing the music. They then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener's perspective.
Hosted by Nief-Norf