Ensemble Knox is the resident percussion group at the University of Tennessee, directed by Andrew Bliss, and is devoted to performing, recording, and commissioning works for the contemporary percussion ensemble. With this mission, the ensemble places an emphasis on collaboration with performers and composers alike.
In the 2016-17 season, the group appeared at the Big Ears Festival performing alongside composer Michael Pisaro; collaborated with Jessica Aszodi on a performance of Györgi Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel for mezzo-soprano and four percussionists; performed Steve Reich’s Drumming at the Knoxville 225th Birthday Celebration in Knoxville’s Krutch Park; and presented a concert featuring the rarely heard music of Michael Maierhof and Simon Løffler at Knoxville’s Arts & Culture Alliance, in collaboration with percussionists Brian Archinal, Henrik Larsen, and Greg Stuart.
In 2016, the ensemble led a performance of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit to close the 2016 Big Ears Festival at Knoxville’s Ijams Nature Center which received critical acclaim from multiple press outlets. Ensemble Knox also recently appeared at the McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, FL where they gave the world premiere of David Crowell’s Music for Percussion Quartet, as well as Alejandro Viñao’s 3-movement trio Relative Riffs.Other recent collaborations include the Fall 2012 collaboration on the world premiere of Matthew Burtner’s telematic opera Auksalaq in Indianapolis, IN with performers from around the globe.
Ensemble Knox would like to thank Yamaha, Zildjian, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Black Swamp, and Meinl Percussion for their continued support of Andrew Bliss and the University of Tennessee Percussion Studies program.
Session: Focus Day Performance Piece
Gamelan-bound / beFORe JOHN2 (2008) by Aurél Holló
Date & Location
Yamaha Corporation of America, Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion Inc., Zildjian Company, Meinl Percussion, Black Swamp LLC