Andrew Bliss is currently a Lecturer of Music at the University of Tennessee where he is the Interim Director of Percussion Studies. As a pedagogue, he has presented at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (NCPP), and at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction's (ATMI) National Conference. He has also served on the faculty for the Music for All Summer Symposium, as front ensemble caption head for the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, and has given a variety of masterclasses throughout the U.S. as well as in Bangkok, Thailand and Stockholm, Sweden.
A versatile percussionist and ardent proponent of contemporary music, Bliss' work has been heard at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the SEAMUS National Conference (IN), the LiveWire Festival (Baltimore, MD), the Intermedia Festival (Indianapolis, IN), and at multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He has premiered works by John Luther Adams, Christopher Adler, and Kyle Gann, and regularly appears with pianist Mabel Kwan as Nothing in Common.
Andrew is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the chamber percussion group, the nief-norf Project, and in June 2011 launched the first annual nief-norf Summer Festival, a ten-day festival emphasizing collaboration between performers and composers, in residence at Furman University in Greenville, SC. His research interests involve music and number as well as the trajectory of the percussion repertoire within sociological, historic, and cultural contexts. The former was explored in his DMA document which surrounded the music of David Lang; the findings of this work have been presented at the Society for Music and Minimalism's 2nd International Conference (Kansas City, MO) and in Zagreb, Croatia at the CMS International Conference.
Andrew received his DMA and MM in percussion performance from the University of Kentucky and his Bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and to have the generous support of Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Black Swamp Percussion Instruments and Accessories. His primary teachers include James Campbell, Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Orlando Cotto, and Liam Teague.