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
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Listen through to the end if you're feeling dazed and confused about why this brand new piece sounds familiar. Premiered at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in 2011.
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When Payton finds something that piques his interest, he pursues it with passion: from collecting tarantulas to composing, competing in endurance sports to learning Hindustani tabla drumming—he’s done it all.
With a nuclear engineer and teacher for parents, Payton didn’t get his early musical inspiration from home, but rather from the public library in Idaho Falls, Idaho back in the ‘pre-Internet’ days. He spent many hours in the library listening room with huge stacks of tapes and LPs after school and soon took up jazz drums in his school’s band.
Payton has been with Alarm Will Sound from the very beginning and recalls the early days of meager pay, and sleeping on the floor in studio apartments while on concert tours.
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