Nief-Norf is a multi-tiered contemporary music organization devoted to fostering creative collaboration and artistic development among musical interpreters, composers, and scholars. The organization is composed of an artistic collective that presents and performs new and experimental music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. The programming, brought to life by a flexible repertoire-based instrumentation, seeks to challenge convention and create engaging, inspiring, educational, and immersive experiences which connect audiences with the music and artists of today.
Nief-Norf champions the creation and proliferation of new and experimental music in the southeast U.S. region primarily through its investment in concert production, local partnerships, education, outreach, and professional development. Nief-Norf also directly engages with emerging artists through its annual summer festival, a robust opportunity for artistic and professional development that has produced dozens of concerts featuring hundreds of participants and over 500 contemporary works—including over 80 world premieres—throughout its ten-year history. The Nief-Norf Summer Festival is unique because of its multidisciplinary nucleus, coalescing performers, composers, and researchers under the same banner to collaborate and mutually enrich each others’ artistic perspectives and growth. In addition to staging nearly a dozen concert events and exhibitions each year, the festival also combines a diverse array of integrative pillars into its structure: an international call for scores, a research summit, and a world premieres concert showcasing the original and collaborative works created by the festival participants.