Adam Lion

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, I am a percussionist who's work explores experimentalism, improvisation, and contemporary chamber music. I regularly collaborate with cellist Ashlee Booth as Two-Way Street, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning new music. Our recent project with composer Sarah Hennies "The Reinvention of Romance," is a one hour, thirty minute work that explores intimacy and shared space. In 2020 a recording of the composition was released through the Astral Spirits label and received praised as "elegant... powerfully effective" by Pitchfork and "succinct... rife with emotional undercurrents" by The New York Times.

Additionally, as an improvisor I perform in the trio Io with double-bass player Matt Nelson (Knoxville) and saxophone player Ben Cohen (Brooklyn). Our most recent project was a self-titled release from New Village Tapes, which was described as "made of contradiction: piercing and still, rowdy and tranquil, forceful and timid" by The Wire contributor Vanessa Ague.

My performances have been heard across the United States in a multitude of venues and festivals including PASIC (Indianapolis), Big Ears (Knoxville), Britt Festival (Jacksonville, OR), Continuum Music Festival (Memphis), New Music Gathering (Boston), The Tennessee Theater (Knoxville), Constellation (Chicago), Studio Z (St. Paul), The Red Room (Baltimore), Spectrum (NYC), MASS Moca (North Adams, MA) the {Re}Happening (Asheville, NC), the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, and Duke University. I have held multiple residencies at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and my duo Two-Way Street is currently in residence with New York University composer collective nevermind the noise.


I have earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where my teachers have included Terry Longshore, Bryan Jeffs, Andrew Bliss, and Kieth Brown. As an educator, I have taught percussion and contemporary music at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Pellissippi State Community College, and Nature’s Way Montessori School.