Alarm Will Sound returns to the University of Missouri in Columbia for the second performance of our 2022-23 Missouri Season.
Join us for music of electro-acoustic artists Daniel Wohl (WORLD PREMIERE), Chris Thompson (WORLD PREMIERE), Jlin, and composer/producer JG Thirlwell (WORLD PREMIERE).
On the program:
Thirlwell’s Execution: a forty-minute, non-stop, reflection of the anxiety of our time that pushes Alarm Will Sound to the limits of our intensity. Alan Pierson, AWS Artistic Director/conductor, sat down with Thirlwell to discuss the piece. You can learn more about it here.
“Hanabi” by Chris Thompson (arr. Miles Brown): an all-acoustic version of the electronic track from AWS composer/percussionist Chris Thompson’s album Everything Imaginable Comes True. Miles Brown, Alarm Will Sound bassist, arranged the work for the band. In the piece, Thompson explores and blends the sounds of marching percussion, metronomes, and fireworks samples to create both highly organized and totally chaotic beat-driven music.
Wohl’s Artificial: a new work in which the composer explores the question: “How can the limitless palette of electronic sources be convincingly realized by human performers playing traditional instruments that have existed for hundreds of years?” Learn more about Artificial here.
Also on the program is “Back Against the Wall” by Jlin, one of the most prominent producers of the current generation, as arranged by Igor Santos. In order to emphasize the gritty nature of the original synthesizers, Santos transcribed melodic lines as microtonal clusters and many of the track’s “glitchy” effects are captured by extended instrumental techniques such as string overpressure, scraped percussion, etc.
This concert is free and open to the public.