- Cory Weaver
- Cory Weaver
- Justin Bernhaut
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Alarm Will Sound Performs New Works by Steve Reich, Donnacha Dennehy; Dennehy Named Fort Worth Symphony Composer-in-Residence
Alarm Will Sound will perform a program of new works, featuring Steve Reich's Radio Rewrite and scenes from Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger, at Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday. The group gave the US premiere of Radio Rewrite at Stanford University last Saturday and gives the NY premiere of The Hunger at Carnegie Hall on April 6. Dennehy has been named composer-in-residence for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra next season, which will include performances of his That the Night Come. Crash Ensemble and Dawn Upshaw will perform the piece at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall this May.
- Monday, January 30, 2012
Carnegie Hall has announced its 2012–13 season, and featured among the performers taking the esteemed hall's stages are a number of artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal, including Kronos Quartet, Richard Goode, Dawn Upshaw, and Alarm Will Sound, as well as world and New York premiere performances of works by Steve Reich, Timothy Andres, and Donnacha Dennehy. In addition, John Adams will lead a Professional Training Workshop for emerging talents through Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.
About Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. They have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. ASCAP recognized their contributions to new music with a 2006 Concert Music Award for “the virtuosity, passion and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century.” Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the London Financial Times and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says that Alarm Will Sound is “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene.”
The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. Alarm Will Sound has been associated since its inception with composers at the forefront of contemporary music, premiering pieces by John Adams, Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Aaron Jay Kernis, Augusta Read Thomas, Derek Bermel, Benedict Mason, Wolfgang Rihm, Stefan Freund, Payton MacDonald, Gavin Chuck, and Dennis DeSantis, among others. The group itself includes six composer-performers, which allows for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.
Alarm Will Sound may be heard on four recordings. Their genre-bending, critically acclaimed Acoustica features live-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin. This unique project taps the diverse talents within the group, from the many composers who made arrangements of the original tracks, to the experimental approaches developed by the performers. Reich at the Roxy, is an award-winning, surround-sound DVD/CD recording of a live concert of music by Steve Reich performed in the famed New York nightclub. Van Gogh, the group’s latest release, features the music of Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon in settings of letters by the painter.
Members of the ensemble began playing together while studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. With diverse experience in composition, improvisation, jazz and popular styles, early music, and world musics, they bring intelligence and a sense of adventure to all their performances.
September 15, 2009
The New York Times has called Alarm Will Sound "one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American scene." On its Nonesuch debut, the group performs works that challenge in playful ways conventional notions of rhythm and pulse. The Guardian gives the album a perfect five stars for its "exuberant mix" of pieces, "dazzlingly well played, and a startlingly good beginning to their association with Nonesuch."
- June 16, 2013 – 07:30 pmPeter B. Lewis Theater, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
- June 17, 2013 – 07:30 pmPeter B. Lewis Theater, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
- June 20, 2013 – 07:00 pmThe Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
- October 11, 2013 – 07:00 pmGrace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
- November 16, 2013 – 07:00 pmGrace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
- February 20, 2014 – 07:00 pmCharles Engelhard Court, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY