Alarm Will Sound: Video Chat Variations with music by John Fitz Rogers, Meredith Monk, Tyshawn Sorey, and others
Alarm Will Sound, returns to Southern Exposure fifteen years after the group’s first appearance, this time in an all-virtual concert. The adventurous group has explored new ways to make music together virtually during the pandemic, including recording a series of commissioned works called “Video Chat Variations” that take advantage of the medium’s quirks and idiosyncrasies. This livestream, hosted by Southern Exposure’s artistic director and the group’s bassoonist, Michael Harley, includes new pieces by Meredith Monk, Tyshawn Sorey (conducting the group in an extended free improvisation), and Rohan Chander, and features the world premiere of “Respiration,” a major new piece by John Fitz Rogers. “Respiration” was written for AWS; on this special recording the group is joined by New Sounds +, a quintet comprised of UofSC string students.
The concert will conclude with a live discussion and Q&A with Rogers; Alarm Will Sound’s conductor, Alan Pierson; Executive Director Gavin Chuck; and flutist Erin Lesser. The audience will be encouraged to submit questions via chat in real time during the broadcast.
Anthem, by Meredith Monk
Autoschediasms, by Tyshawn Sorey
Prayers are Made of Silicon, Book I, by Rohan Chander (sneak preview)
Respiration, by John Fitz Rogers
Post-Concert Discussion with Alan Pierson, Gavin Chuck, John Fitz Rogers, and Erin Lesser, hosted by Michael Harley
Alarm Will Sound, conducted by Alan Pierson