Percussionist Adam Lion specializes in the performance of contemporary music. Currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee, he frequently collaborates with cellist Ashlee Booth in their duo Two-Way Street, and with double bassist Matt Nelson as an improviser. His interests include experimentalism, interdisciplinary collaboration, unconventional musical techniques, and accessibility.
A passionate collaborator, Adam has recently premiered new music by Mark Applebaum, Michael Gordon, and Sarah Hennies. A former member of Left Edge Percussion, the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Knox, Adam has premiered over 60 compositions for solo percussion, symphony orchestra, and percussion ensemble. He has performed in diverse venues across the United States including Crater Lake National Park with the Britt Festival Orchestra, PASICs with the Southern Oregon University and University of Tennessee Percussion Ensembles, and with the Bang on A Can All-Stars and Nief-Norf Ensemble as apart of the 2018 Big Ears Festival. Additionally, Adam has been selected for collaborative residences at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and the Bang on Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. He has released music through the Innova label, and has upcoming recording projects with the Park70 and Astral Spirits labels.
An educator as well, Adam has taught in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the Southern Oregon and Eastern Tennessee regions. From 2016-2018 he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he assisted with music education. Currently teaching at Natures Way Montessori SchooI, he has developed a curriculum that grants all students artistic agency through creative listening practices, graphic score creation, and instrument creation. He performs his students original compositions frequently, and recently featured the graphic scores of the NWMS 6th grade class live on Knoxville radio station WDVX. Additionally, he teaches Adult Education classes at Pellissippi State Community College.
Adam received his undergraduate degree from the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, and his M.M. degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Adam has studied with Terry Longshore, Bryan Jeffs, Andrew Bliss, Keith Brown. He is a Young Artist endorser for Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.