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.
Specializing in works by North American and European composers, Ensemble Knox’s recent performances have included works by Christopher Adler, Beat Furrer, Peter Garland, David Lang, Alexandre Lunsqui, Thierry De Mey, Steve Reich, Steve Snowden, and Iannis Xenakis. In the Fall of 2012, the ensemble collaborated on the world premiere of Matthew Burtner’s telematic opera Auksalaq in Indianapolis, IN with performers from around the globe, in addition to giving a John Cage centennial celebration concert at home in Knoxville.