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Alarm Will Sound
Alan Pierson, conductor

Harrison Birtwistle
Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum (1977/1978)
Wolfgang Rihm Will Sound (2005/2006)
John Adams Son of Chamber Symphony (2007)
John Orfe Dowland Remix (Flow My Tears) (2009)
Aphex Twin Cock/Ver 10 arr. Stefan Freund (2001 arr. 2004)
Aphex Twin Omgyjya Switch 7 arr. Evan Hause (2001 arr. 2005/2010)
Aphex Twin Gwely Mernans arr. Ken Thomson (2001 arr. 2004)
Stefan Freund Unremixed (2005)

With the support of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Recorded by Deutschlandradio Kultur
Broadcast 23 March, 20:03

Concerts with Alarm Will Sound have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance and virtuosity”. Most of the musicians from this experimental ensemble met one another as students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (USA), an elite school for classical music instruction. To begin with they specialised in contemporary composers such as David Lang, Anthony Gatto and Steve Reich. Later they mastered improvisation, jazz and world music and staged new music performances. Finally they added the arrangement of electronic music for acoustic instruments to their areas of expertise.
In particular Alarm Will Sound attracted attention in 2005 with their album Acoustica, for which they recorded acoustic versions of Aphex Twin tracks. Compositions by Wolfgang Rihm, John Adams or John Dowland also feature on their repertoire. Alarm Will Sound play music that is a pleasure to discover, even if it means that they have to arrange it themselves, according to Alan Pierson, artistic director and conductor. It is said that if you want to know who is at the forefront of contemporary music, you must experience Alarm Will Sound.