September 10, 2012 at 8:00pm
Sacrum Profanum Festival, Krakow, Poland

  • Aphex Twin, Cock/Ver 10 arr. Stefan Freund
  • Aleksander Nowak, Hit 2
  • Aleksander Nowak, Night Transit
  • Aphex Twin, Omgyjya Switch 7 arr. Evan Hause
  • Aleksander Nowak, Dark Haired Girl in a Black Sports Car
  • Aphex Twin, Gwely Mernans arr. Ken Thomson
  • Stefan Freund, Unremixed

October 18, 2012 at 8:00pm
American Arts Experience Festival, St. Louis, MO

  • Aphex Twin, Cock/Ver 10 arr. Stefan Freund
  • Conlon Nancarrow, Player Piano Study no. 2A arr. Gavin Chuck
  • Charles Wuorinen, Big Spinoff
  • John Adams, Son of Chamber Symphony
  • Edgard Varèse, Poème électronique arr. Evan Hause
  • Yotam Haber, We Were All
  • Stefan Freund, Unremixed

February 19, 2013 at 8:00pm
Kodak Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

  • 1969

Just over forty years ago, the Beatles and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen arranged to meet in New York City to plan a joint concert. No such performance would ever take place. But its tantalizing promise is the departure point for Alarm Will Sound's 1969. Told through their own words, music, and images, 1969 is the story of great musicians—John Lennon, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Paul McCartney, Luciano Berio, Yoko Ono, and Leonard Bernstein—striving for a new music and a new world amidst the turmoil of the late 1960s.

Created and developed by Andrew Kupfer, Nigel Maister and Alan Pierson
Directed by Nigel Maister

Projection Design by Peter Nigrini and Dan Scully
Sound Design by Dan Bora
Lighting Design by Aaron Black
Written by Andrew Kupfer
Conceived by Alan Pierson

performed by Alarm Will Sound
Robert Stanton, Jon Patrick Walker, David Chandler, Actors
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor

March 16, 2013
Stanford Lively Arts, Palo Alto, CA

  • Steve Reich, Clapping Music
  • Steve Reich, Four Genesis Settings arr. Alan Pierson
  • Steve Reich, New York Counterpoint
  • Steve Reich, City Life
  • Steve Reich, Piano Counterpoint
  • Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite

March 20, 2013 at 8:00pm
Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO

  • Donnacha Dennehy, new work from The Hunger
  • Aphex Twin, Meltphace 6 arr. Payton MacDonald
  • John Orfe, Journeyman
  • Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite

April 6, 2013 at 9:00pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City

  • John Orfe, Journeyman
  • David Lang, Increase
  • Charles Wuorinen, Big Spinoff
  • Tyondai Braxton, Fly by Wire
  • Donnacha Dennehy, Scenes from The Hunger

April 26, 2013 at 8:00pm
Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, MO

  • 1969

June 15, 2013 at 7:30pm
(le) Poisson Rouge, New York City

  • Caleb Burhans, oh ye of little faith… (do you know where your children are?)
  • Caleb Burhans, Amidst Neptune
  • Caleb Burhans, Iceman Stole the Sun

June 16, 2013 at 1:00pm
Bang on a Can Marathon, New York City

  • Charlie Piper, zoetrope
  • Derek Bermel, Canzonas Americanas
  • Jeffrey Brooks, After the Treewatcher
  • Caleb Burhans, oh ye of little faith… (do you know where your children are?)

June 16 & 17, 2013 at 7:30pm
Guggenheim: Works & Process, New York City

  • Steve Reich, excerpts from Radio Rewrite

July 25, 2013 at 7:30pm
Mizzou International Composers Festival
Missouri Theatre

  • Augusta Read Thomas, Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour
  • Thomas Adès, Living Toys
  • Stefan Freund, Unremixed
  • Autechre, Cfern arr. Dennis DeSantis
  • Dan Kellogg, Dust Returns
  • John Orfe, Journeyman

July 27, 2013 at 7:30pm
Mizzou International Composers Festival
Missouri Theatre

  • Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Asymptotic Flux: Second Study in Entropy (Static Foxy Lump: [II] Second Nudist Tyre Pony
  • Ryan Chase, Flea Circus
  • Andrew Davis, The Deep End
  • Eric Guinivan, Pocket Concerto
  • Elizabeth Kelly, Slide
  • Wei-Chieh Lin, half-glimpsed…
  • Greg Simon, Draw Me the Sun
  • David Witter, Compassionate Lights

Venues

Where We Perform

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

  • Carnegie Hall
  • Disney Hall
  • Lincoln Center
  • (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

Featured Recording

David Biedenbender’s Schism

This is our world premiere performance at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in 2011.

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Member Spotlight

Alan Pierson

Alan Pierson

Before being part of the founding of Alarm Will Sound in 2001, Alan Pierson’s creative interests were all over the map: he tried his hands at writing scripts for Star Trek before getting his physics degree at MIT -- where he finished a thesis on planetary dynamics -- after which he started (but never finished) a Masters degree in composition at the Eastman School of Music. His first encounters with contemporary music were at a high school program at Northwestern, where he fell in love with Reich’s Tehillim and experienced a head-scratching but eye-opening evening watching one of Cage’s Europeras with the composer in attendance. It was through his work with his colleagues in Alarm Will Sound that Alan discovered a passion for conducting contemporary music. Since beginning his career with Alarm Will Sound, Alan has also served as Artistic Director and conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of Ireland’s Crash Ensemble, and visiting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern’s Bieden School of Music. He’s also conducted numerous other ensembles and orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta, and the Silk Road Project. But Alarm Will Sound always remains Alan’s artistic home, the group of musicians whom he finds most stimulating, challenging, and inspiring to work with.

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