Nief-Norf is a multi-tiered contemporary music organization devoted to fostering creative collaboration among musical interpreters, composers, and scholars.
Formed in 2005, Nief-Norf was created by Illinois natives Andrew Bliss and Kerry O’Brien, who took their ensemble's name from a descriptor of strange sounds. Some say "bleep-blop”; they prefer “nief-norf.” During their undergraduate years as percussionists, the “nief-norf” moniker came to stand for any music that was experimental or weird. Now based in Knoxville, Nief-Norf celebrates experimental music through their annual Summer Festival and Call for Scores. Since its inception in the summer of 2011, the Summer Festival’s performance and composition seminars have attracted undergraduates, graduates, and professionals from dozens of institutions across the United States and abroad. In 2012, the organization also launched the Research Summit, an embedded academic conference on special topics surrounding the experimental music tradition. The creation of this summit represented the third pillar for Nief-Norf, creating annual opportunities for discourse and collaboration between scholars, performers, and composers.
A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion, HYPERCUBE thrives on the boundaries of modern chamber music, embracing both electric and acoustic worlds. This group of tenacious NYC musicians formed with the goal of performing high quality, cutting-edge, challenging repertoire.
Launched in 2014, HYPERCUBE has been featured at Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), The Versipel New Music Festival (New Orleans), The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), the UK International Guitar Series (University of Kentucky), and the Connoisseur/New Voices Festival (Wichita State University). HYPERCUBE has presented performances, masterclasses and residencies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), Bowling Green State University (Music at the Forefront), Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Tennessee, Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma, Kent State University (Vanguard Artist Series), Oberlin Conservatory, Southern Illinois Guitar Festival, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State (Texas), Illinois State, Arkansas State, and locally at Bloomingdale School of Music, Queens College, Greenwich House, and SUNY Purchase.
Built upon two celebrated works of modern instrumentation: Louis Andriessen’s landmark work Hout and Philippe Hurel’s spectral masterpiece, Localized Corrosion, HYPERCUBE has commissioned and premiered new works by Daniel Tacke, Dennis Sullivan, Philip Schuessler, Kari Besharse, and Nomi Epstein, working with composers Sam Pluta, Chris Cerrone and Juan Trigos to create freshly adaptated works for the quartet, while forming modular subsets for works by Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Erin Rogers, Charles Wuorinen, and George Crumb.
Hypercube has worked with K-12 students in outreach programs such as Kaufman Music Center's "Face the Music" in a joint project with Players Theatre, NYC and through the Garrick Theatre in Newfoundland, Canada as part of a community engagement program, showcasing and teaching contemporary music.
HYPERCUBE is Erin Rogers (saxophones), Jay Sorce (classical & electric guitar), Andrea Lodge (piano), and Chris Graham (percussion).
An exciting duo presenting an eclectic program of contemporary and classical pieces. The Duo focus on exploring the colors and textures that can be created from the various combinations of their instruments sounds. Selecting the best existing works written for the duo, they have also augmented the repertoire by collaborating on and commissioning new works. They commissioned and premiered Serenade No. 2 for guitar and piano by New York composer Marga Richter and are eagerly awaiting new works. They have performed together in New York City, Long Island, Vancouver and Newfoundland, Canada.
Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, Canada). A specialist in the performance of contemporary piano music, she has premiered new works by composers Herbert Deutsch, Salvatore Macchia and C. Curtis Smith, among others. Andrea was awarded top prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the Performance of New Music. Her recording of works for voice and piano by Marga Richter with tenor William George has just been released by Redshift Music Society.
Andrea lives in NYC where she performs regularly as soloist, with the Sorce/Lodge Duo and with Iktus+ new music collective. In 2014 she joined the faculty of the nief-norf contemporary music organization. Andrea has been a featured artist at festivals such as Sound Symposium, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, UNPLAY Festival, International Computer Music Conference and Qubit Noise Non-Ference.
As an educator, she coaches chamber music with the Stony Brook University Community Chamber Music and Pre-College Music programs, and is on faculty at Suffolk County Community College. Andrea received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.