Adam Lion

I am a percussionist whose work explores experimental sound practice, modern composition, and improvisation. Frequently performing on vibraphone and/or snare drum, I am interested in acoustic space, object resonance, and creative technique. My performances often question conventional performance ethics through breaking down socio-political barriers and addressing historical context. 


Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, I regularly collaborate with cellist Ashlee Booth as Two-Way Street, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning new work, and with double-bassist Matt Nelson as an improviser. I have premiered new music by an abundance of composers including Sarah Hennies, Mark Applebaum, and Michael Gordon. Additionally, my performances have been heard across the United States in a multitude of venues and festivals including PASIC (Indianapolis), Big Ears (Knoxville), Britt Festival (Jacksonville, OR), Continuum Music Festival (Memphis), New Music Gathering (Boston), The Tennessee Theater (Knoxville), Constellation (Chicago), Studio Z (St. Paul), The Red Room (Baltimore), Spectrum (NYC), MASS Moca (North Adams, MA) the {Re}Happening (Asheville, NC), the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, and Duke University.


I have earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where my teachers have included Terry Longshore, Bryan Jeffs, Vannessa Tomlinson, Andrew Bliss, and Kieth Brown. As an educator, I have taught percussion, contemporary music, and world music at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Pellissippi State Community College, and Nature’s Way Montessori School. 


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