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Alarm Will Sound

Nathalie Joachim and Alyssa Pyper

“As modern music moves beyond modernism, the classical community is still scared of the innovations of 75 years ago. Alarm Will Sound tackles those scary sounds and finds new life.” — Pitchfork


Alarm Will Sound is “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times). With classical skill and unlimited curiosity, the 20-member ensemble has been associated since inception with composers at the forefront of contemporary music, establishing a reputation for performing innovative music ranging from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced with energetic virtuosity. 

The evening includes a performance of multi-instrumentalist Eartheater’s When Fire is Allowed to Finish. Alarm Will Sound are joined on stage by Haitian-American artist, performer, composer and flutist Nathalie Joachim who uses the vibrant tapestry of her voice and electro-acoustic elements to explore her family’s history — and violinist Alyssa Pyper, whose debut album, Salt Crust (2021) is a genre bending dive into the trauma of being Mormon and gay, a grappling for footing while stepping into adulthood.


Funds provided by the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director's Discretionary Fund.

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