Adam Lion

Described as a "wide-ranging percussionist" by The Nashville Scene and "one of Knoxville's most engaged and adventurous improvisers" by the Big Ears Festival, my work explores the improvisation, interpretation, and performance practice of experimental percussion music.   


Based in Asheville, North Carolina, current interests include acoustic space, object resonance, and creative technique. I regularly collaborate with cellist Ashlee Booth as Two-Way Street, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning new work, and with double-bassist Matt Nelson as an improviser. I have premiered new music by an abundance of composers including Sarah Hennies, Mark Applebaum, and Michael Gordon. Additionally, 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 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, contemporary music, and world music at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Pellissippi State Community College, and Nature‚Äôs Way Montessori School.