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2/5 - NEUTRALS / Adam Lion + Matt Nelson

Neutrals is a percussion duo based in Dayton, OH. Formed in 2016 by Evan Miller and Andrew Seivert, the duo combines their Rust Belt underground upbringings and classical training into a contemporary ensemble firmly grounded by their Midwestern roots. Equal parts written works and electroacoustic improvisation, Neutrals performs established percussion duo repertoire, drone-based sound explorations, and above all, commissioned works by living composers. Past and current collaborators include composers Rob Funkhouser, Nate May, Hugh Sheehan, and Brooks Frederickson, percussionist Aaron Michael Butler, Cincinnati experimental ensemble Knee Play, and Indianapolis-based production company NoExit Performance. 

Matt Nelson + Adam Lion are a non-idiomatic improvising double bass and percussion duo from a burgeoning experimental music scene in Knoxville that is merging contemporary concert music, noise, jazz and free improvisation- an inevitable civic consequence from hosting Big Ears. Reevaluating what it means to be an "instrumentalist," and to perform "together," the duo explores various themes including sound attainment, unconventional performance techniques, and spontaneity. 

They are regular performers at the Pilot Light (Knoxville,) and have also been featured at the FMRL series (Nashville,) and the Magic Lantern (Atlanta.) Their recording "Observations" will be released through the Park70 label early this year.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:30pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902