In the Press

In the Press


In the Press


Nief-Norf Summer Festival: Explorations of future music

KnoxTNToday /// Harold Duckett /// June 19, 2018

Big Ears 2017: Where Jeff Tweedy Is Noise Star, Symphony Plays on Floor

"The peak of Big Ears' modern composition focus, at least in ambition, was the performance [by Nief-Norf and friends] of Michael Pisaro's A Wave and Wavesa work for 100 musicians... it was as immersive as listening experiences got over the weekend"

Rolling Stone /// Christopher R. Weingarten /// March 26, 2017

"One of the true pleasures of working on the Big Ears Festival is working with fellow Knoxvillians like Andy Bliss, his group Nief-Norf, his students, and the remarkable family of musicians that surrounds him. We know of no one with Bigger Ears than Andy - and his warm, enthusiastic embrace of our festival weekend has shaped so much of what it is and is becoming."

Facebook /// Big Ears Festival /// March 17, 2017 

Big Ears Festival Expands to Four Days, Announces 64 Performances

Rolling Stone /// Christopher R. Weingarten /// October 5, 2016

Embrace Everything

The New Yorker /// Alex Ross /// April 25, 2016

Big Ears 2016 Gathers Thousands in Pursuit of Drone

Rolling Stone /// Christopher R. Weingarten /// April 4, 2016

Big Ears Festival Resists Commercial and Genre Constraints

The New York Times /// Ben Ratliff /// April 3, 2016

The Year in Classical Music: The Top 10 Classical Performances

New York Magazine /// Justin Davidson /// December 4, 2011


The New York Times /// Allan Kozinn /// June 26, 2011

Banff premieres Alaskan composer's percussion music for the outdoors

Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) /// June 19, 2009