Nief-Norf Launches Knoxville Concert Series

Knoxville residents know that Nief-Norf brings the brightest, most promising composers, performers, and scholars together in June every summer. However, the multi-tiered contemporary music organization is expanding its role as a cutting-edge laboratory for 21st-century chamber music, offering year-round programming with the new Knoxville Concert Series in 2018-2019.


We believe that Knoxville has a deep roster of talent and eager listeners who deserve to hear high-quality new music performances just as much as New Yorkers or Angelenos.


Andrew Bliss, Nief-Norf’s Artistic Director, said, “The idea behind Knoxville Concert Series is multi-faceted. It allows us the chance to perform the music we love year-round. Secondly, we wanted to be more present for our Knoxville audience who are so supportive of the festival, our previous Big Ears performances, and Unsilent Night in December.” Bliss continued, “With the Knoxville Symphony and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, we have access to world class musical performances, available in small venues, large venues, family-friendly events, and more. We are dedicated to presenting contemporary chamber music in that same fashion. It’s important to us to perform and present this incredibly relevant music in Knoxville – the longer I’ve lived here and the more people I meet, I realize just how hungry people are for this kind of music in our community.”


The Knoxville Concert Series includes performances that highlight Nief-Norf musicians, community music-making events, and world premieres.

  • Friday, August 24, 2018: Knoxville Concert Series: Season Opener, The Emporium Center

  • Monday, October 22, 2018: Knoxville Concert Series featuring Allison Adams, saxophone, UT Knoxville 117 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

  • Friday, December 7, 2018: Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night in Knoxville, Knoxville Sunsphere

  • Saturday, February 23, 2019: Knoxville Concert Series: Fresh Ink, The Square Room

  • Friday, May 10, 2019: Knoxville Concert Series featuring Jordan Munson, multimedia artist, Relix Variety Theatre

    To find out more about each event, please visit our events page.

about nief-norf

Nief-Norf is a Knoxville-based, multi-tiered contemporary music organization devoted to fostering creative work among musical interpreters, composers, and scholars. Nief-Norf presents and performs contemporary chamber music in ways that explore the breadth and depth of the repertoire. Their focus on flexible repertoire-based instrumentation allows the ensemble to connect Knoxville’s most insatiable ears with outstanding works of the 20th Century as well as new commissions and collaborations.