The New Dischord Festival, a grassroots celebration of experimental music and unusual collaborations performed in nontraditional spaces, opens Thursday.
The four-day festival is produced by Tim Hinck, the New Dischord Ensemble and the Shaking Ray Levi Society. Highlights, according to the organizers, include:
• Music by experimental double bassist Evan Lipson.
• A sonic walk-through performance written by Hinck and featuring boy soprano Ethan Dickenson and a brass quartet.
• A collaboration between six vocalists and conceptual artist Ashley Hamilton.
All performances are free, though donations are welcome, and two shows at the Hunter Museum of American Art require regular paid admission into the museum ($9.95 adults).
For details visit www.newdischord.org.
• 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Virtuoso double-bass player Evan Lipson from Philadelphia joins Tim Hinck in a tour of sound worlds, combining influences from jazz, classical, ambient, minimalist, Latin, electronic, rock, noise and free improvisation.
• 8 p.m. Easy Lemon loft, 1440 Adams St. Showcase of artist Ashley Hamilton's work in a collaborative art and music performance that explores the connections between human mark-making and technology, and the ramifications of technology and the computer chip taking the place of religious holy spaces.
• 11 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium plaza. The New Dischord Ensemble performs during Chattanooga River Market.
• 3 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Opera concert featuring Chelsea Davidson and Rachel Cooke, sopranos; Michael Mays, tenor; Chris Oglesby, baritone; and Robert Waller, bass. Will include Amy Beach's rarely performed song cycle of duets, "Songs of the Sea," Samuel Barber's "Dover Beach" for baritone and string quartet, sea shanties arranged by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker sung by men's octet, and the world-premiere of Joshua Bermudez's String Quartet in Ab. Free with museum admission.
• 8 p.m. Easy Lemon loft, 1440 Adams St. Second performance of artist Ashley Hamilton's work (see June 15).
• 3 p.m., Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View. Chamber music concert by New Dischord Ensemble presents new compositions by local and national composers including UTC professor Jonathan McNair, Evelyn Petcher and the premiere of a string quartet by Aaron Roche. Free with museum admission.
• 8 p.m., Lindsay Street Hall, 901 Lindsay St. Twelve-year-old boy-soprano Ethan Dickenson is featured in a new work by Hinck called "Blue Monsters." The performance will include a brass quintet and multimedia projections in a concert that encourages people to engage with video and performers or to lie down and experience the sights and sounds.