The nief-norf Project is a contemporary music ensemble devoted to performing, studying, and commissioning imaginative and challenging musical works. Utilizing a flexible roster of musicians, the nief-norf Project performs works from both the historical and emerging avant-garde, and shares their commitment to this music through creative programming concepts, educational initiatives, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Formed in 2005, the ensemble was borne from the spirited vision of percussionists Andrew Bliss and Kerry O’Brien, who took the ensemble's name from a descriptor of strange sounds: some say "bleep-blop"; they prefer "nief-norf." This onomatopoetic neologism came to stand for any new music that was experimental or avant-garde. The ensemble officially specializes in all things "norf."