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May 20, 8:30pm
Oval Space, London
Barbican Festival
Tyondai Braxton: HIVE

May 18, 2pm
Milton Court Concert Hall
London
Barbican Festival
Crash Ensemble
Iarla Ó Lionáird
Donnacha Dennehy: Grá agus Bás

April 27, 6pm
Zankel Hall, NYC
Alarm Will Sound
Music of Dennehey, King, Moore, Ayres
Collected Stories:
(post)-folk

April 1, 7pm doors
The Pageant
St. Louis, MO
Alarm Will Sound
Music of Reich, Braxton, Aphex Twin

Feb 20, 7pm
Charles Egelhart Court
The Metropolitan Museum
Dance Heginbotham
w/Alarm Will Sound
Twinned

Feb 6, 8pm
The Sheldon
St. Louis, MO
Feb 7, 8pm
The Missouri Theater
Columbia, MO
Alarm Will Sound

Jan 21, 8pm
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia
Tyondai Braxton: HIVE

Jan 17, 8pm
Mona Foma
Tasmania, Australia
Tyondai Braxton: HIVE

Nov 23, 2:30pm
Frankfurt Lab
Cresc Biennale Fest
Frankfurt, Germany
Alarm Will Sound
"New York Times":
Music of Adams, Friar, Zimmerman, Macdonald, Nancarrow

Nov 16, 7pm
Grace Rainey Auditorium
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Alarm Will Sound
The Music of Steve Reich
NY Premier: Radio Rewrite

Nov 9, 4:30pm
White Light Festival 2013
Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center
Lincoln Center, NYC
Moderated by John Shaefer
White Light Conversation:
It's a Matter of Time

Oct 11, 7pm
Grace Rainey Auditorium
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct 9, 8pm
The Sheldon
St. Louis, MO
Alarm Will Sound
Permanent Collection: Music of Wagner, Ades, Ligeti, Ives

Sept 20, 8pm
Malopolska Garden of Arts
Krakow, Poland
Sacrum Profanum Festival
Alarm Will Sound
Acoustica: Aphex Twin, Autechre, Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares

Sept 15, 8pm
Tinning Plant,
ArcelorMittal
Krakow, Poland
Sacrum Profanum Festival
Tyondai Braxton: HIVE

July 15-27, 2013
Columbia, MO
Alarm Will Sound
Mizzou New Music Festival

June 16: 7:30pm
June 17: 7:30pm

Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY
Alarm Will Sound
Reich: Radio Rewrite Preview

June 16, 1-10pm
Schimmel Center
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY
Alarm Will Sound
Bang on a Can Marathon

June 15, 2013
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
New York, NY
Alarm Will Sound
Music of Caleb Burhans

June 13, 2013
National Opera Center
330 7th Ave., NYC
Alarm Will Sound
Neil Rolnick: Gardening

May 31: 8 PM
June 1: 3 PM & 7PM
June 2: 3 PM

The Secret Theater
Long Island City, NY
GLANK Live

May 16, 2013
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Chamber Orchestra of New York

Apr 26, 2013
Touhill Performing Arts Center
St. Louis, MO
Alarm Will Sound: "1969"

Apr 6, 2013
Zankel Hall, NYC
Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound: Premiers by Orfe, Braxton, Wuorinen, Dennehy

Mar 27, 2013
The CenterStage
Reston, VA
ACME: Works by Muhly, Andres, Barr, Friedman, Cage, Andriessen

Mar 20, 2013
The Sheldon
St. Louis, MO
Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound: Music of Dennehy, Reich, Orfe, Aphex Twin

Mar 16, 2013
Bing Concert Hall
Stanford University
Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound: Music of Steve Reich

Mar 8, 2013
Schimmel Center for the Arts
3 Spruce St., NYC
Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra

Feb 19, 2013
Kodak Hall
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY
Alarm Will Sound: "1969"

Nov 9 - Dec 30, 2012
Radio City Music Hall
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

October 25-27, 2012
BAM: Next Wave
Fishman Space
ACME, Theo Bleckmann
Phil Kline: Out Cold

October 18, 2012
The Sheldon, 8 PM
St. Louis, MO
Alarm Will Sound
Music of Adams, Aphex Twin, Freund, Haber, Wuorinen, Cage, Nancarrow

September 22, 2012
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wordless Music Orchestra
Efterklang: Piramida

September 10, 2012
Krakow, Poland
Sacrum Profanum Festival
Alarm Will Sound
Music of Aleksander Nowak

July 17-28, 2012
Columbia, MO
Alarm Will Sound
Mizzou New Music Festival

July 15, 2012
Schimmel Center, NYC
River to River Festival
Alarm Will Sound
John Cage: Songbooks

June 25, 2012
Schimmel Center, NYC
River to River Festival
Oceanic Verses

June 23, 2012
Kennedy Center
Washington Chorus
Oceanic Verses

June 11-17, 2012
Bartlesville, OK
Oklahoma Mozart Festival

June 9, 2012
Holland Festival
Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
Alarm Will Sound
John Cage: Songbooks

June 6, 2012
Cork Opera House
Cork, Ireland
Alarm Will Sound
John Cage: Songbooks

May 11-12, 2012
The Kitchen
New York, NY
ACME: Music of William Brittelle and Mick Barr

May 10, 2012
Merkin Hall, 7:00 PM
129 W. 67th St. NYC

Chamber Orchestra of New York

May 2, 2012
Galapagos Art Space, 8 PM
16 Main St., Brooklyn
BKLN PHIL: Outside-In

April 26, 2012
Town Hall
Seattle, WA
Great Hall, 7:30 PM
Alarm Will Sound

March 31, 2012
Fontana University
Kalamazoo, MI
Dalton Center, 8 PM
Alarm Will Sound

March 30, 2012
Oakland University
Rochester, MI
Varner Hall, 8 PM
Alarm Will Sound

March 28, 2012
BGSU
Bowling Green, OH
Kobacker Hall, 8 PM
Alarm Will Sound

March 18, 2012
Henry Street Settlement
Brooklyn, NY
Carnegie Hall Presents
Neighborhood Series
Alarm Will Sound: Music of Cage, Wilmoth, Nancarrow, Varese, Sharp

March 8, 2012
UConn, Storrs Campus
Von Der Mehden Hall
Line C3

March 7, 2012
Pregones Theater, Bronx
Carnegie Hall Presents
Neighborhood Series
Line C3: World Premiers of Friar, Kapica, Thompson

Feb 18, 2012
Zankel Hall
JACK Quartet & Young People's Chorus of NYC
Carnegie Hall Presents:
Transient Glory

Feb 17, 2012
92nd Street Y
JACK Quartet & Young People's Chorus of NYC
Carnegie Hall Presents:
Transient Glory

Feb 16, 2012
(le) Poisson Rouge
JACK Quartet & Young People's Chorus of NYC
Transient Glory

Jan 31, 2012
The Colbert Report
Comedy Central
Björk: Cosmogony

Jan 26, 2012
Radio City Music Hall
MoMA presents:
Antony & The Johnsons: Swanlights

Nov 11 - Jan 4
Radio City Music Hall
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular!

October 21, 2011
Roulette, Brooklyn
SONiC Festival
Alarm Will Sound
Music of Gryka, Freund, Little, Muhly, Marks, Aphex Twin

October 7, 2011
University of South Carolina
Southern Exposure Series
ACME: Music of Druckman, Burhans, J.L. Adams

September 25, 2011
Alice Tully Hall
World Civic Orchestra

September 14, 2011
Balzano, Italy
TransArt Festival
Alarm Will Sound
Music of Adams, Lang, Aphex Twin

September 13, 2011
Krakow, Poland
Sacrum Profanum Festival
Alarm Will Sound
Music of David Lang

September 12, 2011
Krakow, Poland
Sacrum Profanum Festival
Alarm Will Sound
Music of John Adams and Alexsandra Gryka

September 6, 2011
St. Peter's Church, NYC
Haruka Fujii, Gudula Rosa, w/guests Eric Huebner and Chris Thompson
Koku: Music for Percussion and Recorder

August 25 & 28, 2011
JCC Manhattan, W. 76th St.
Opera Project NY Presents
Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

July 22: 8 PM
July 23: 3 PM & 8PM
July 24: 3 PM
La Mama, NYC
GLANK Live

July 11-16, 2011
University of Missouri
Mizzou New Music Festival

June 10-19, 2011
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
OK Mozart Festival

May 14, 2011
St. George's Church, NYC
Dessoff Choirs

May 10, 2011
(le) Poisson Rouge, NYC
ACME at MATA Festival

April 23, 2011
Newman Center, Denver CO
Alarm Will Sound: "1969"

April 11, 2011
Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
Alarm Will Sound
Meet the Composer
World Premier by Ken Ueno

April 7, 8, 9, 2011
The Kitchen, NYC
21c Liederabend Festival

April 2, 2011
Laguardia Performing Arts Center
Carnegie Hall Presents Neighborhood Concert: Line C3 Percussion Group
Part of JapanNYC Festival

March 21, 2011
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin
MaerzMusic Festival
Alarm Will Sound

March 10, 2011
Zankel Hall, NYC
Alarm Will Sound: "1969"

March 4, 2011
Zankel Hall, NYC
Line C3 with American Composers Orchestra
World Premier: Sean Friar's "Clunker Concerto" 

March 3, 2011, 7:30 PM
Merkin Hall, NYC
Ecstatic Music Festival: Judd Greenstein (The Yehudim) and Olga Bell 

February 10-12, 2011
St. Ann's Warehouse
Brooklyn, NY

"Tell the Way"
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Music of Nico Muhly

January 30, 2011 2 PM
Merkin Hall, NYC
Ecstatic Music Festival: Alarm Will Sound and Face the Music
Steve Reich, "Tehillim"

January 22, 2011 7:30 PM
Merkin Hall, NYC
Ecstatic Music Festival: Jefferson Friedman, Craig Wedren, ACME
Steve Reich, "Tehillim"

December 4, 8 PM
St. Ignatious of Antioch
December 5, 3:30 PM
St. Joseph's Church in the Village
Russian Chamber Chorus

November 15, 7:30 PM
St. Paul the Apostle, NYC
Lincoln Center White Light Festival: Credo
The Hilliard Ensemble
Latvian National Choir
Members of Sigur Ros
Wordless Music Orchestra

November 5, 2010
Miller Theater, NYC
ACME at New York Choreographic Institute
World premiers by Fuerst, Ciupinski, and Blaha. 

October 30, 2010
Mondavi Center, UC Davis
Alarm Will Sound at "Madness and Music Festival"
Music of Aphex Twin, Kurtag, Sciarrino, Hyla, Birtwistle, Orfe

October 11, 2010
Forbes Center, JMU
October 9, 2010
Carlisle Theater, PA
Alarm Will Sound: "1969" 

September 25, 2010
Carlsbad, California
ACME at Carlsbad Music Festival

September 4, 2010
Bremen, Germany
Alarm Will Sound at Bremen Musikfest

July 18 - August 8, 2010
Burlington, VT
Vermont Mozart Festival

July 12 - 19, 2010
University of Missouri
Mizzou New Music Festival

June 25, 8 PM
Barbican, London
Dirty Projectors "Getty Address" with Alarm Will Sound

June 24, 7:30 PM
Wilton's Music Hall, London
Alarm Will Sound at the Barbican Festival

May 27, 8 PM
Galapagos Art Space
21c Aria Salon Series 

May 21, 8 PM
Galapagos Art Space

Archipelago: ACME and ICE with Craig Wedren, Corey Dargel, Kathleen Supové

May 17, 7:30 PM
Trinity Wall Street

Caleb Burhans’ “Super Flumina Babylonis” with Trinity Choir

March 18th and 19th, 8 PM
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St.

Doveman and Peter Pears: Music of Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett

March 14th, 6:30 PM
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. NYC

ACME: Music of John Luther Adams and Kevin Volans

Friday
Apr302010

beautiful song, fondatastic vid


Belong by Washed Out

Thursday
Apr222010

JLA's music is pretty like glacier


In a Treeless Place, Only Snow - John Luther Adams
American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Live at (le) Poisson Rouge
March 14th, 2010


Timo Andres - celeste
Nuiko Wadden - harp
Haruka Fujii, Chris Thompson - vibraphones
Caleb Burhans, Yuki Numata - violins
Nadia Sirota - viola
Clarice Jensen - cello


The entire show, including more John Luther Adams and Kevin Volans, is streaming on Q2 here.
Wednesday
Apr142010

the playoff and a funny thing

This whole post is an excuse to put up a couple recently uncovered drum corps related items. Here's some context:

Traditions have a way of sticking for years or decades in drum corps, be they emotional or borderline psychotic. For one, there's a lot of tradition related to the way the corps moves around before and after the show; 128 people need to get from place to place and on/off the field without breaking character. Stay in step in this situation, walk casually focused in that situation, don't let people break the ranks, don't run in uniform, hold your hat this way not that way, it can get pretty military-ish (blah). But the post show playoff is a cool moment of charming simplicity. Drumlines have been playing parade-ey cadences for ever and ever (some are so great), but I'm not exactly sure when the post-show playoff became the specific responsibility of the bass drum line. Here is the most famous one, if only because of its weirdly ominous simplicity. But here is the classic Santa Clara Vanguard playoff, which has walked the corps off the field for no less than 35 years straight in one form or another, and is referred to by the line as simply "SCV."



I wanted to post this because I finally got around to uploading a video I've been hanging onto for a while: the 1995 bass line, who loved to grab attention in any way they possibly could (it was a long, difficult summer), used to park in front of the stands and extend that cadence into a little post-show. This is the last half of it:


SCV Bass Drum Line 1995 play "Strange Purple Orangoutans" by Ryan Stohs after an early season show in California.

Apologies about embarrassing over-excited drunk guy superfan. That tends to happen. After that summer I had an inspired moment and wrote a playoff of my own, also set up with the classic "SCV" riff, but for the whole drumline. I'm sure nobody ever saw it. I threw it into a box, which I just discovered the other day, omg 15 years later? Crazy. I remember the feeling of writing drumline music back then; it was so exciting to be creating music of my own (I knew next to nothing at that point about writing for pitched instruments, only drums) but also frustrating because I just had to imagine what it might have sounded like. Because of the time involved in learning music and getting 20 kids to play it well enough to be even just recognizable, there just weren't opportunities for "readings" back then.


Playoff (1995, after "SCV")
Chris Thompson

But NOW! My computer is full of tiny magical robots that can read music and also play the drums! So all I have to do is put the notes in to the lefty software Sibelius (also crucial here is Tapspace's "Virtual Drumline," sample library, which every composer should know about because in addition to having the only library of realistic marching percussion samples, it also has some of the best orchestral percussion samples as well), and I can hear just what that piece of music would sound like, played by a live drumline. And so can you!

(audio file above! If you are using google reader, you have to click through to listen)

If you want to see how this all works on the score, here it is!

I plan to write more drumline music but need to figure out a possible scenario in which that might be appropriate in my life today. I'm open to suggestions.

Wednesday
Mar312010

you're already on the internet, so why not

a) ...have a listen to Daníel Bjarnason on Q2. The full recording of his recent show at LPR is now available streaming on the WQXR website here. Daníel is from Iceland and writes contemplative music that features bowed things, absolutely great use of percussion, and gorgeous orchestration.

For example, here's my favorite bit of Spindrift; the soloist slips into the background and you get a simple pairing of vibe and clarinet with piano and tuned gongs gently hovering above and below. It's Orchestration We Can Believe In:

Spindrift - by Daníel Bjarnason (Featuring Vicky Chow, pianist)
And that's also Alicia Lee playing clarinet and Mike Truesdell playing gongs, who has a recital Friday that you should totally go to! (note: if you are using google reader, there is an audio file above you are not seeing, click through to the post to listen).

b) ...check out Alex Ross' followup post on drum corps/marching bands doing Shostakovich. Apparently there were others who wanted to make sure the Phantom Regiment wasn't overlooked (and also point out a Shostakovich 5 from the mid-70s I literally had NO IDEA EXISTED. Warning: those 70s bugles are a little intense). I realize I could have definitely been clearer in my post about my main point, which is simply that it isn't just about Shostakovich; these groups have been doing seriously adventurous repertoire by lots of different 20th century composers since at least the early 90s. For example, the group I marched with's 2010 show is Bartok's CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA. !!!  Bring. It. On. dotcom. Alas, there are not videos yet. But here's their plan.

c) ...watch some dudes in haz-mat uniforms play crotales made out of saw blades. I feel this requires no further explanation.

Tuesday
Mar232010

breathing out

From The Kitchen 3/17/10: I was lingering during sound check; pressed record and happened to catch this quiet, beautiful moment. Had just met some of these guys and really fell in love with their heart and musicianship.
"Breathing Out," by Doveman: Thomas Bartlett, Sam Amidon, Bryce Dessner, Brian Devendorf, and Oren Bloedow. From the new album.

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