Alarm Will Sound
|Alarm Will Sound|
|Origin||Rochester, New York|
|Genres||Classical, Experimental, IDM|
|Years active||2001 – present|
Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member chamber orchestra that focuses on recordings and performances of contemporary music. Its performances have been described as "equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity" by the Financial Times and as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times said that Alarm Will Sound is "one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene."
Alarm Will Sound's repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. The group has worked with contemporary composers, premiering pieces by Steve Reich, John Adams, David Lang, Anthony Gatto, Cenk Ergün, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, Stefan Freund, and Wolfgang Rihm.
From 2004 to 2007, they were musical artists-in-residence at Dickinson College. ASCAP recognized Alarm Will Sound with its Concert Music Award in 2006 for "the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century."
Their 2009 album a/rhythmia, released on Nonesuch Records is an eclectic mix of rhythmically complex music by Benedict Mason, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, Mochipet, Johannes Ciconia, Conlon Nancarrow, Harrison Birtwistle, Josquin des Prez, and Autechre.
In 2010, the group collaborated with Dirty Projectors to develop and perform The Getty Address in its new identity as a live performance piece at Lincoln Center, Disney Hall and the Barbican Centre. Music that Dirty Projectors front-man Dave Longstreth created on a computer by meticulous and complicated sampling, looping and layering was translated and arranged by Matt Marks, Alan Pierson, and Chris Thompson for 23 musicians of both bands.
Members of the ensemble began playing together while studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and have diverse experience in composition, improvisation, jazz, popular styles, early music, and so-called world music.
- Erin Lesser – flute
- Christa Robinson - oboe
- Elisabeth Stimpert – clarinet, sax
- Bill Kalinkos – clarinet, sax
- Michael Harley – bassoon, voice
- Matt Marks – horn, keyboards, electronics, composer
- Jason Price – trumpet, electronics
- Michael Clayville, trombone
- Payton MacDonald – percussion, tabla, composer
- Christopher Thompson - percussion
- John Orfe – keyboards, composer
- Courtney Orlando – violin, voice, keyboards, accordion
- Caleb Burhans – violin, viola, voice, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, composer
- Nadia Sirota - viola
- Stefan Freund – cello, composer
- Miles Brown – bass
- Alan Pierson – Artistic Director, conductor, keyboards
- Gavin Chuck – Managing Director, composer
- Nigel Maister – Staging Director
- Jason Varvaro – Production Manager
- 2001. Steve Reich, Music for Large Ensemble (CD) Nonesuch Records
- 2002. Steve Reich, Tehillim/The Desert Music (CD) Cantaloupe Music
- 2005. Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound performs Aphex Twin (CD) Cantaloupe Music
- 2006. Reich at the Roxy (CD/DVD) Sweetspot Music
- 2007. Michael Gordon, Van Gogh (CD) Cantaloupe Music
- 2009. a/rhythmia (CD) Nonesuch Records
- 2012. Canzonas Americanas (CD) Cantaloupe Music
- Kosman, Joshua (2 Dec.). "Astonishing Steve Reich". The San Francisco Chronicle. p. 48.
- Kozinn, Allan (September 9, 2007). "Just in Time for Timeless Melodies". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Kozinn, Allan (March 5, 2009). "Some Boundaries Are Broken, Others Are Defined". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010.