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Genre Lines: New Music Weekend Summit [Full Schedule]

  • Natalie L. Haslam Music Center 1741 Volunteer Boulevard Knoxville, TN, 37916 United States (map)


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)

Tickets and passes available at


FRIDAY, June 14, 7:30pm: Genre Lines Opening Concert (Powell Recital Hall) [Facebook event]

  • Music by Wadada Leo Smith

  • Emre Sihan Kali, Adjacent Rooms, for Borges (Call for Scores Winner)

  • Sarah Kirkland Snider, You Are Free (2015)

  • Christopher Adler, Repudiation and Sacrifice (2004)

  • Ellen Reid, Push/Pull

  • Georges Aperghis, Les Sept crimes de l'amour

SATURDAY, June 15: Genre Lines: Weekend Summit [Genre Lines Facebook Event]

  • 8:30am: coffee and registration (outside Powell Recital Hall)

  • 9:00am: Welcome and first session (Lecture Recitals / Powell Recital Hall)

    • Christopher Burns (University of Michigan), on Interferometry

    • Alexander Rex Burtzos (University of Central Florida), “Breaking Down Walls and Living Between Genres”

    • Mara Gibson (Louisiana State University), "Poetry, Composition, and Collaboration”

  • 10:45am break

  • 11:00am–12:30pm : Genre Lines paper 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”

  • 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

    • coffee available outside Powell Recital Hall

  • 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

    • Cassandra Venaglia, Experiment with Haikus, performed by Lucy Yao (piano) and Lily Shababi (violin)

    • Madhuvanti for solo harmonium with electronics, performed by Dr. 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 

    • 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 Jones (saxophone), Chelsea de Souza (piano), Sean Brennan (guitar), Matthew Overbay (percussion)

  • 6:00–7:30pm Dinner Break

  • 7:30pm Genre Lines Evening Concert [Facebook event] (Powell Recital Hall)

    • James Falzone (Bb and Eb clarinets, Paiute flute, bells, shruti box, prepared piano)

      • The Already and the Not Yet . . . part 1

      • Grace and Chance (from Renga Music), joined by nnSF19 fellows

      • The Already and the Not Yet . . . part 2

    • Sarah Kirkland Snider (nnSF19 Guest Composer)

      • Penelope, performed by nnSF19 fellows

  • post-concert hang: Sunspot