Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound is committed to innovative performances and recordings of today's music.
The ensemble has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic
skill. Alarm Will Sound's versatility 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. Since its inception, Alarm Will Sound has been associated with
composers at the forefront of contemporary music. Through its work as the resident ensemble
at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, the ensemble also champions the work of the
next generation of composers. The group includes many composer-performers, allowing for an
unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new works.
Conductor Alan Pierson serves as artistic director of Alarm Will Sound and principal
conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the
London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Ensemble ACJW,
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Silk Road Project. He also
served as a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Mr. Pierson has collaborated with major composers and performers who include Yo-Yo Ma,
Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang,
Michael Gordon, and La Monte Young, as well as with choreographers Christopher Wheeldon,
Akram Khan, and Eliot Feld. Mr. Pierson has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe
Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.