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SONiC Festival:
Alarm Will Sound

Thursday, October 22, 2015  |  8:00pm



TEXU KIM  -  Bounce  (New York Premiere)
CHARLIE PIPER  -  Zoetrope
KATE SOPER  -  I Was Here I Was I  (excerpts)
JOHN ORFE  -  Dowland Remix  (New York Premiere)
World Premiere of a film by MAX FREEMAN and MARGARET SINGER

“As close to being a rock band as a chamber orchestra can be” (The New York Times), Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member touring ensemble led by Artistic Director Alan Pierson that commissions, performs, and records innovative works by established and emerging composers, especially works that incorporate theatrical and multimedia elements by choreographers, visual artists, designers, and directors. Its wide-ranging artistic vision looks beyond genre—electronic vs. acoustic, high-modernist vs. pop-influenced, conventional classical concert vs. multimedia experience.  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

This concert is part of the 2015 SONiC - Sounds of a New Century festival: 9 days of 21st century music by composers age 40 and under produced by American Composers Orchestra. Alarm Will Sound's performance is made possible with the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Alarm Will Sound's SONiC performance showcases works by Texu Kim, Jeremy Podgursky and Charlie Piper that were written for Alarm Will Sound through the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival. Each year the festival hosts eight resident composers who work closely with Alarm Will Sound to record and premiere their works. The resident composers also have the opportunity to work with with guest composers, most recently Hans Abrahamsen, Andrew Norman, Zhou Long and Nico Muhly.

Charlie Piper's Zoetrope is presented as live accompaniment to the world premiere of a film by Margaret Singer and Max Freeman, which was inspired by surrealist artist Claude Cahun. In a series of self-portraits, Cahun transformed herself into a weightlifter, the devil, a Buddha and other personae. In the film, these characters, played by Margaret Singer, come to life inside a spinning zoetrope, while another figure, played by fashion model and artist Casey Legler, assembles an enormous collage.

Kate Soper's and Nigel Maister's operatic work I Was Here I Was I was created for and premiered at the Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur during Alarm Will Sound's residency at the Museum. The work skips across centuries and generations in a story based on the saga of the Temple itself, from its origins in Egypt to its present home at the Metropolitan. This performance premieres a new concert suite from the opera.

Closing the program is an electronica-influenced take on John Dowland's Flow My Tears by Alarm Will Sound's pianist, John Orfe.

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