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Genre Lines: New Music Weekend Summit

Date, location, and tickets

Saturday, June 15, 2019
at 8:00 AM

Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
1741 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996


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Join us for “Genre Lines,” a new music weekend summit embedded within the 2019 Nief-Norf Summer Festival taking place the weekend of June 14–15, 2019 in Knoxville, TN. In this summit, we will examine music that has defied, reaffirmed, and/or blurred the boundaries of genre in experimental music of the past 50 years. We seek to ask who and what gets included and excluded when genre lines are drawn.

The weekend opens with a Friday night concert (Genre Lines: Opening Concert), followed by a full day Saturday of talks, performances, presentations, and a keynote by Wadada Leo Smith, before concluding with Saturday evening’s concert, featuring James Falzone on clarinet, followed by Sarah Kirkland Snider’s song cycle “Penelope” (Genre Lines: Music of James Falzone & Sarah Kirkland Snider.)

Registration options:

– Single registration ($50)
– Single registration, student ($35)
– Group/ensemble of 4+ ($150)
– Group/ensemble (student) of 4+ ($100)

SATURDAY, June 15: Genre Lines: Weekend Summit

8:30am: Coffee and registration

9:00am: Welcome and first session (Orchestra Room)
• Douglas Boyce (George Washington University, “Teaching Post-Period and the Polysemy of Genre”
• Garrett Schumann (Appalachian State University) “The ÆPEX Anthology: Crossing Lines between the Concert Stage, Scholarship, and Pedagogy”
• David Carter (Northwestern University), “’It’s Just Too Much’: Hypervirtuosity and Genre in the Music of Conlon Nancarrow, Art Tatum, and Black MIDI”

10:30am: Break

10:45am–12:30pm : Lecture recitals (Powell Hall)
• Christopher Burns (University of Michigan), on Interferometry
• Alex Burtzos (University of Central Florida), “Breaking Down Walls and Living Between Genres”
• Mara Gibson (Louisiana State University), “Poetry, Composition, and Collaboration”

12:30–1:30pm: Lunch break

1:30–3:00pm: Sarah Hennies, Reinvention of Romance (2019) (Ewing Gallery) performed and commissioned by Two-Way Street (Adam Lion and Ashlee Booth)

3:00–3:30pm: if.else (Jenny Davis and Philip Snyder), experimental installation

3:30pm: Genre Lines keynote by Wadada Leo Smith (Orchestra Room)

4:30pm–6:00pm: Genre Lines afternoon concert (Powell Hall)
• Nick Zammuto’s Green Yellow Green Red (2014), performed by Aaron Michael Butler
• Cassie Venaglia, Experiment with Haikus, performed by Lucy Yao (piano) and Lily Shababi (violin)
•Madhuvanti for solo harmonium with electronics, performed by Igor Iwanek
• Kristina Warren, Intimidators (2019), solo for Exo.Rosie
• Robin McLaughlin, In the Beginning (2019) for spoken word, flute, piano, percussion, and lighting design (Krisztina Dér on flute, Erik Schmidt on percussion, and Socrates Razo speaking text)
• Jay Derderian, Ludic Loops (2018), performed by L+M Duo: Laurel Black (marimba) and Marianne Parker (piano)
• Nico Muhly, Flexible Music (2002), performed by Kyle Blake Jones (saxophone), Chelsea de Souza (piano), Sean Brennan (guitar), Matthew Overbay (percussion)

6:00–7:30pm: Dinner break

7:30pm: Genre Lines: Music of James Falzone & Sarah Kirkland Snider
• James Falzone, “The Already and the Not Yet” and “Grace and Chance” (from Renga Music), joined by nnSF19 fellows
• Sarah Kirkland Snider, “Penelope,” performed by nnSF19 fellows