October 19, 2002
Composer Portrait: David Lang
Miller Theatre, New York, NY

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  • The Passing Measures
    Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet
    With So Percussion, Tarab Cello Ensemble, A Loose Band of Women, and musicians from the Manhattan School of Music

November 16, 2002
The Festival Dancing in Your Head Music Marathon
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Philip Glass, Music in Similar Motion arr. Rob Haskins
  • Anthony Gatto, Ripening
  • György Ligeti, Chamber Concerto
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Silbury Air
  • Steve Reich, Drumming
    With So Percussion

January 16, 2003
WNYC's New Sounds Live
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

  • Philip Glass, Music in Similar Motion arr. Rob Haskins
  • Dennis DeSantis remix of Philip Glass' Music in Similar Motion
  • Cenk Ergün, ladybugbringmeluck
  • Dennis DeSantis remix of Cenk Ergün's ladybugbringmeluck
  • Derek Bermel, Three Rivers
  • Dennis DeSantis remix of Derek Bermel's Three Rivers
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Silbury Air
  • Dennis DeSantis remix of Harrison Birtwistle's Silbury Air

June 15, 2003
15th Anniversary Bang on a Can Festival Marathon
Symphony Space, New York, NY

  • Aphex Twin, Cock/Ver 10 arr. Stefan Freund
  • Aphex Twin, Jynweythek Ylow arr. John Orfe
  • Aphex Twin, Mt. Saint Michel arr. John Orfe and Payton MacDonald
  • Cenk Ergün, ladybugbringmeluck
  • Michael Gordon, Yo Shakespeare

Featured Recording

The Shaggs’ Philosophy of the World

Gavin Chuck, our Managing Director, arranged Philosophy of the World by The Shaggs, the girl band who never heard music before they began inventing their own from the ground up. The results are wonderfully strange—unlike anything else at the time or since—and strangely joyous.

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Where We Perform

Alarm Will Sound tours nationally and internationally, having been presented by

  • Carnegie Hall
  • Disney Hall
  • Lincoln Center
  • The Sheldon Concert Hall
  • (Le) Poisson Rouge
  • Miller Theatre
  • Bang on a Can Marathon
  • Merkin Concert Hall
  • The Kitchen
  • The Whitney Museum
  • Kimmel Center
  • Duke Performances
  • Cal Performances
  • Stanford Lively Arts
  • Library of Congress
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • The Newman Center
  • The Warhol Museum
  • The Barbican in London
  • Märzmusik in Berlin
  • Holland Festival in Amsterdam
  • Cork Opera House in Ireland
  • Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg
  • Pro Arte in St. Petersburg
  • ArtNovember in Moscow
  • Musikfest Bremen
  • Sacrum Profanum in Krakow
  • TransArt in Bolzano

Member Spotlight

Caleb Burhans

Caleb Burhans

Caleb almost went to Indiana University for college but he decided on Eastman partly because he didn’t like that IU had the highest-paid basketball coach in the country. His life could have turned out pretty differently if Bobby Knight made a little less money back in the late 90s. But Eastman it was.

As a 17-year old, Caleb had a thing for Ligeti’s music so he emailed Alan before he got to Eastman to ask for an audition with Ossia to play on their Ligeti concert. He was late to the first rehearsal because he was getting his nose pierced, but he soon became a regular. Just before graduating, he terrified his conservative grandmother by telling her he wanted to move to NYC to live paycheck to paycheck as a freelance musician. Now he’s doing exactly that (although maybe not living quite paycheck to paycheck) as a freelance violinist, violist, countertenor, composer, and improviser.

Caleb started singing in a boys’ choir at age 9 then quickly picked up several instruments. At 10, he wrote his first piano piece in C major. The only early composition he’ll live up to now is a piece for 2 violins that he wrote on his first day back to school as a high school sophomore called What a Shame. It was quite a shame that summer was over.

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