University of Tennessee
Materials Science & Engineering Department

Dr. Dayton Kizzire is Moving On
Knoxville, TN, June 8, 2023

Dayton Kizzire joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee as a doctoral student in August, 2017. Coadvised by Prof. David Keffer and Prof. David Harper at the Center for Renewable Carbon at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Dayton received his PhD in May, 2021. Dr. Kizzire went on work as a post-doctoral researcher developing a molecular dynamics interaction potential for cerium on a project coadvised by Prof. Orlando Rios and Prof. Keffer. Today, Dayton bids farewell to the University of Tennessee and heads off to the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He stopped by Ferris Hall to share a parting gift with his former advisor.

Over the course of six years, conversations between Dr. Kizzire and Dr. Keffer spanned many diverse subjects beyond materials science, including, as it would happen, music. Dayton learned of Prof. Keffer's music class, The Golden Age of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation, and in particular his long-standing interest in the work of the Japanese experimental musician, Keiji Haino. Some months ago, Dayton contacted Keiji Haino and as a parting gift to Prof. Keffer arranged to have an original artwork by Haino-san and an original copy of Haino-san's 1981 debut album, Watashi-dake, shipped from Tokyo to Knoxville. He presented the gift today.

Artwork by Haino of this same style appears on the covers to albums, including a couple of duets between Haino and the British guitarist, Derek Bailey, Drawing Close, Attuning - The Respective Signs Of Order And Chaos (Tokuma Japan Communications, 1997) and Songs (Incus, 2000). Not by chance, since 2006 a graphic design by Prof. Keffer has hung in his office on campus. The work features a memorial reflection by Haino upon the death of Derek Bailey in 2005 and artwork of this same style.

More photos on the Keffer research group site.