Sunday, 11/6: Ensemble Knox at the Emporium

ensembleknoxCheck out Ensemble Knox‘s performance this Sunday afternoon–4 PM at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street in beautiful downtown Knoxville. The performance features Michael Pisaro’s 45-minute work, Hearing Metal 3. Ensemble Knox is joined by guest artist, Greg Stuart. The performance is FREE.

Ensemble Knox is the resident percussion ensemble at the University of Tennessee, directed by Andrew Bliss, and is devoted to performing, recording, and commissioning works for the contemporary chamber percussion ensemble. With this mission, the ensemble places an emphasis on collaboration with performers and composers alike. Their repertoire ranges from masterpieces of the post-1930s avant-garde to newer commissions and collaborations from today’s generation.

Pisaro’s work features a 4 x 4 grid of percussionists seated at cymbals, who excite these metallic forces for nearly 45 minutes, using bowing and various “gravity excitation” via dropped grains of various texture. The result is a slowly shifting field of sound unlike any other.