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Friday, September 5, 2014

In Context: Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound performs at BAM September 12 & 13. Context is everything, so get even closer to the show with this curated selection of articles, interviews, and videos related to the group. Once you've seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.

Program Notes

Alarm Will Sound (Pdf)

Read & Listen

10 Facts About Alarm Will Sound (BAM Blog)
Members heart physics and Whitney Houston, among other things.

Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” (Spotify)
The song, from the band’s record Kid A, is one of two tracks that Steve Reich glosses in his Radio Rewrite, which will be performed on September 13.

Meet the Composer: Donnacha Dennehy (WQXR)
Violist and WQXR host Nadia Sirota profiles the Irish composer, whose Grá agus Bás will be performed on September 13.


The Nonesuch/BAM Connection (BAM)
BAM and Nonesuch go way back. Bob Hurwitz and David Bither of Nonesuch elaborate.

Steve Reich and Alan Pierson in Conversation (YouTube)
The composer and Alarm Will Sound conductor casually discuss their first meeting, flirtations with 12-tone music, and a thousand duck-sized horses.

Tyondai Braxton on Fly By Wire (YouTube)
Alarm Will Sound trombonist Mike Clayville talks to Braxton about his latest work.

Steve Reich on Radio Rewrite (YouTube)
Reich’s work had its seeds in a meeting with Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood.

A Profile of Alarm Will Sound (YouTube)
Interviews with conductor Alan Pierson and managing director Gavin Chuck, plus excerpts of works by Varèse and Aphex Twin.

John Adams on Son of Chamber Symphony (YouTube)
The composer, whose work will be performed September 12, discusses the musical progeny of his first chamber symphony.

NEA Opera Honors: Interview with John Adams (YouTube)
Adams recalls appearing in the musical South Pacific and his third-grade impulse to start writing music.

Now your turn...

So how did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below.


  1. I was sorry to see the house not completely full for the Friday 9/12 performance by Alarm Will Sound. The whole program (music by John Adams) was fantastic. These musicians are supremely talented and a real thrill to hear live. I selected this evening's performance as much for the opportunity to hear Alarm Will Sound as I did for John Adams' works. I was not disappointed by either. I am glad I attended.

  2. My husband and I attended the Sept. 13 performance and enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the Ty Braxton piece. We try to see Alarm Will Sound any time they're in the the area; they never disappoint.


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