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Nief-Norf Knoxville Concert Series: Heartless Fools

  • University of Tennessee School of Music 117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Blvd. Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (map)

Nief-Norf celebrates National Chamber Music Month with featured artist Jordan Munson. Composer, performer, and multimedia artist Jordan Munson comes to Knoxville May 10, 2019 to delight listeners with his signature expansive blending of chamber-esque references with numerous experimental elements. Seth Colter Walls of The New York Times writes “[Munson’s] pieces merge acoustic melody and electronic rhythm with thrilling purpose.” Knoxville Concert Series: Heartless Fools will take place on May 10th in the University of Tennessee School of Music recital hall. The free concert begins at 7pm. Munson will present a series of works from his recent collection Heartless Fools. Referencing new classical, jazz, and industrial electronic musical styles, the concert will highlight the multiplicity of Munson's influences. The evening will feature members of the new music collective Nief-Norf in performance alongside the composer. Knoxville Concert Series: Heartless Fools celebrates what Nief-Norf loves best: brand new, avant-leaning, contemporary chamber music.

About Jordan Munson:

Jordan Munson is a composer, performer, and multimedia artist. His work explores memory and our relationship to technology. Drawing from backgrounds in formal percussion performance training, improvisation, pop, and sound design, his compositions juxtapose subtle landscapes of richly layered textures with driving melodic arrivals. Munson utilizes technology to interpret natural sounds and vice versa, focusing on the transmission losses that occur from this constant re-synthesis.

As a performer, Munson showcases his passion for combining sound with video art and light into a singular immersive experience. His frequent collaborators include Scott Deal and Michael Drews as a member of the trio Big Robot, and composer/vocalist Hanna Benn. He has performed alongside musicians Nico Muhly, R. Luke DuBois, and Bora Yoon.

The Knoxville Concert Series is funded in part by a grant by the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research at the Eastman School of Music.