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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 summit will feature talks and performances centered on the music of our guest artists, including composer-clarinetist James Falzone, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, and trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith, who will give the conference keynote.


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

  • Christopher Adler, Repudiation and Sacrifice (Music in Service of Revolution) (2004)

  • Wadada Leo Smith, Dark Energy: The Unseen (2018)

  • Eric Wubbels, alphabeta (2010)

  • Georges Aperghis, Les Sept crimes de l'amour (1979)

  • Sarah Kirkland Snider, Unremembered (selections), (2012/13, arr. 2018)

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

  • Ellen Reid, Push/Pull (Orlando Sleep Requiem) (2016)

  • Wadada Leo Smith, Dark Matter: The Unseen (2018)

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 (rm 133)

    • 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 (2018), performed by Lucy Yao (piano) and Lily Shababi (violin)

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

    • 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)

    • Kristina Warren, Intimidators (2019), solo for Exo.Rosie

    • 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


Registration includes Friday and Saturday evening concert tickets, as well as admittance to all of Saturday’s talks, performances, keynote, and presentations.

Note: Genre Lines New Music Weekend Summit participants can join the festivities on Thursday, June 13th. Navigate to Thursday to purchase New Music Weekend Summit general admission and student passes.

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Getting to Knoxville


If flying, please book your flight into McGhee Tyson Airport, located about 20 minutes south of Knoxville.


The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is located along the Tennessee River just off the intersection of I-40 and I-75.

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The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center:

The University of Tennessee
School of Music
117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
1741 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2600




The Volunteer Hotel (formerly Hilton Garden Inn) is the closest accommodation option to the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center (where the Weekend Summit will take place). Walking from this hotel to the music school takes approximately 5-7 minutes.

Weekend Summit

For the past seven years, the Nief-Norf Summer Festival has featured a weekend summit within the larger 14-day festival. As part of the festival, dozens of performers, composers, festival faculty, and participating scholars attend these summit gatherings. Past topics have included the music of John Cage (2012), Music and Technology (2013), Music and/as Process (2014), Music as Theater (2015), Astro-Bio-Geo-Physical Music (2016), the Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism (2017), and New Asia (2018).