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Alarm Will Sound Gives the World Premiere Performance of Tyondai Braxton's Fly By Wire on Saturday, April 6 in Zankel Hall

On Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, the innovative contemporary chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound gives the world premiere of Fly By Wire by former Battles singer and guitarist, composer Tyondai Braxton, a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Artistic Director Alan Pierson conducts the program of music written expressly for Alarm Will Sound, which also includes New York premieres by Charles Wuorinen and John Orfe—the ensemble’s pianist— as well as Dublin-based composer Donnacha Dennehy, whose scenes from The Hunger will be performed with mezzo-soprano soloist Rachel Calloway. David Lang’s 2002 work, increase, completes the program.

About the Artists
Praised by The New York Times for her “considerable depth of expression” and “dark and sizeable voice,” mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway’s 2012–2013 season highlights include her Latin American debut at the Festival Internacional Cervantino alongside the Amernet String Quartet and the world premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Holy Sisters with the San Francisco Girls’ Choir and Joana Carneiro. This January, she created the title role in the first staged production of Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumedia’s Song in the inaugural Prototype Festival in New York City and returned to France for performances of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She joins Ensemble Signal for a portrait concert of Oliver Knussen at Miller Theater. Ms. Calloway makes her debut with Alarm Will Sound in Zankel Hall and in St. Louis, and she also appears in numerous performances with the new music vocal ensemble Ekmeles. A proponent of contemporary and lesser-known music, Ms. Calloway has given numerous world premieres including New Andean Songs by Gabriela Lena Frank on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nico Muhly’s Stabat Mater with Signal, and Steven Stucky’s orchestration of Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch. Ms. Calloway is a founding member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of Jewish art music suppressed by the Nazis and Soviets.

Alan Pierson has been praised as “a young conductor of monstrous skill” by Newsday, “commanding” by The New York Times, and “gifted and electrifying” by the Boston Globe. In addition to his work as Artistic Director of Alarm Will Sound, he is the Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, and has appeared as a guest conductor with the London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Ensemble ACJW, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Silk Road Project. He also served as a visiting faculty conductor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Pierson has collaborated with major composers and performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, and Elliot Feld. Mr. Pierson has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.

Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. They have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the Financial Times of London and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says Alarm Will Sound is “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene.”

The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. Alarm Will Sound has been associated since its inception with composers at the forefront of contemporary music. Through their work as the resident ensemble at the Mizzou International Composers Festival they also champion the work of the next generation of composers. The group itself includes many composer-performers, allowing for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.

Members of the ensemble began playing together while studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. With diverse experience in composition, improvisation, jazz and popular styles, early music, and world music, they bring intelligence and a sense of adventure to all their performances.

Program Information
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor
Rachel Calloway, Mezzo-Soprano

JOHN ORFE Journeyman (NY Premiere)
DAVID LANG increase
TYONDAI BRAXTON Fly By Wire (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
CHARLES WUORINEN Big Spinoff (NY Premiere)
DONNACHA DENNEHY Scenes from The Hunger (NY Premiere)

The Fast Forward series of concerts is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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