published Friday, June 24th, 2011

New Dischord Festival resonates this weekend


What: New Dischord Festival.

When: 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Various locations.

Admission: Free.




6 p.m. Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. Music by DJK7 with New Dischord members.

6 p.m. Conga Restaurant Patio, 307 E. Main St. Open-mike performances by Necklace, The Hearts in Light and others.

8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston in concert.


10 a.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. Student workshops with composers.

2 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. New Dischord and Hands Off Cuba in concert, featuring Ann Law (dance) and Susan Cresswell (live painting)

8:30 p.m. Main Event Warehouse, next to old Hiroshi’s. “Dekacophony,” with Ron Ulen and New Dischord.


3 p.m. The Well/Loose Cannon Gallery, 1800 Rossville Blvd. New Dischord and DJK7 with dancer Monica Ellison, UTC Faculty Brass and UTC multimedia students.

Classical meets contemporary this weekend at the New Dischord Festival.

Ten musicians comprise New Dischord, a Chattanooga collective of artists seeking to throw off the conventions of classical music.

“We’re trying to redefine and reinvent the concert music scene in Chattanooga,” said Tim Hinck, festival organizer.

They want to push boundaries and cross genres.

According to a news release: “... waning interest in ‘classical’ music has also forced ... music organizations to seek ways to change public opinion about concert music. New Dischord is a music organization proposing radical and sweeping reforms to the traditional model for a ‘classical’ music ensemble.”

“The whole idea is to take music that a lot of people haven’t heard and take it out of the concert hall and bring it to people in unconventional venues,” Hinck said. Venues like an art gallery, or a warehouse, or just out on the street.

The festival, on Main Street, combines experimental music and visual art. A live painting act might take place accompanied by music, for example.

The musicians are classically trained, Hinck said, and some are academics, but the performances are certainly not limited to classical. Indie rock, electronica and jazz are all genres that will be available for listening at the New Dischord Festival.

As part of the Festival, Hinck has composed what he calls a Renaissance pop opera, “Dekacophany,” which features elements of opera and elements of contemporary music, such as an aria accompanied by electric guitars. It features baritone Ronald Ulen, a professor of voice and director of opera at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“Instead of the classical aesthetic, the sound draws more from pop music and electronic music and it’s played on a combination of electronic and traditional classical instruments,” Hinck said.

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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