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Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound

Sep 19th 2019 @ Merkin Concert Hall At Kaufman Music Center

New York, NY
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About Alarm Will Sound
Genres:
Avant-Garde, Avant-Garde music, Classical, Jazz, Contemporary classical
Band Members:
Erin Lesser – flute; Christa Robinson - oboe; Elisabeth Stimpert – clarinet sax; Bill Kalinkos – clarinet, sax; Michael Harley – bassoon, contrabassoon, voice, keyboards; Matt Marks – horn, keyboards, electronics, composer; Tim Leopold – trumpet; Michael Clayville - trombone; Matt Smallcomb - percussion; Christopher Thompson - percussion; John Orfe – keyboards, composer; Courtney Orlando – violin, voice, keyboards, accordion; Caleb Burhans – violin, viola, voice, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, composer; Nadia Sirota - viola; Stefan Freund – cello, composer; Miles Brown – bass; Alan Pierson – Artistic Director, conductor, keyboards; Gavin Chuck – Managing Director, composer; Nigel Maister – Staging Director; Jason Varvaro – Production Manager
Hometown:
New York, New York

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Ecstatic Music - Alarm Will Sound
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
7:30 PM
Merkin Concert Hall At Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10036
Alarm Will Sound launches the 10th season of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall with music a performance featuring "The Hunger" by Donnacha Dennehy and music by Queens-based musician Alexandra Drewchin (aka Eartheater).

"The Hunger" is a riveting modern cantata by renowned contemporary composer Donnacha Dennehy rooted in the emotional, political, and socioeconomic devastation of Ireland’s Great Famine (1845- 52) and features soprano Katherine Manley, and sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird with Alarm Will Sound.

The libretto draws from rare, first-hand accounts by Asenath Nicholson, an American humanitarian so moved by the waves of immigrants arriving in New York that she traveled to Ireland to bear witness, reporting from the cabins of starving families. The cantata gives a unique perspective on a period of major upheaval during which at least one million people died, and another million emigrated — mainly to the US, Canada, and the UK — forever altering the social fabric of both countries.

The piece "bears hearing and rehearing," said the Washington Post. "It is powerful, and it makes a statement."

Program:
Eartheater, When Fire is Allowed to Finish
- Iridescence of the Char (arr. Aaron Parker)
- Candied Inferno (arr. Steven Snowden)
- Frustra Incandescent (arr. Parker)
- The Slow Burning Chambers of My Heart (arr. Conrad Winslow)
- Arson of Comfort or Claustrophobia (arr. Snowden)
- Late Blooms in Fertile Ash (arr. Steven Snowden)

Donnacha Dennehy, The Hunger
with Iarla O'lionaird and Katherine Manley
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About Alarm Will Sound
Genres:
Avant-Garde, Avant-Garde music, Classical, Jazz, Contemporary classical
Band Members:
Erin Lesser – flute; Christa Robinson - oboe; Elisabeth Stimpert – clarinet sax; Bill Kalinkos – clarinet, sax; Michael Harley – bassoon, contrabassoon, voice, keyboards; Matt Marks – horn, keyboards, electronics, composer; Tim Leopold – trumpet; Michael Clayville - trombone; Matt Smallcomb - percussion; Christopher Thompson - percussion; John Orfe – keyboards, composer; Courtney Orlando – violin, voice, keyboards, accordion; Caleb Burhans – violin, viola, voice, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, composer; Nadia Sirota - viola; Stefan Freund – cello, composer; Miles Brown – bass; Alan Pierson – Artistic Director, conductor, keyboards; Gavin Chuck – Managing Director, composer; Nigel Maister – Staging Director; Jason Varvaro – Production Manager
Hometown:
New York, New York

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 mus...
Read More