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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Alarm Will Sound: "We've got a mission to make St. Louis our second home."

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Alarm Will Sound - CARL SOCOLOW
  • Carl Socolow
  • Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound paints electronica with all the colors of an orchestra. By arranging the works of composers like Steve Reich, Tyondai Braxton and John Orfe, the ensemble provides a live exploration of classical sound. Alarm Will Sound is a big band, twenty strong, with an emphasis on rhythmic drive and progression. Tonight, the chamber group will reach a milestone by performing for the first time at the Pageant, a venue usually reserved for pop and rock artists.

Last year the band played to a captive audience at the Sheldon, so bars and clubs aren't the typical space for an ensemble like Alarm Will Sound. But that's the point. It seeks to eschew assumptions and notions that it needs to behave or play a certain way. After all, in 2005 Alarm Will Sound released a full-length album of pieces born from the mind of Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin) titled Acoustica.

See also: Reich Rewrites Radiohead: A twenty-piece Chamber Ensemble Plays Steve Reich's Radiohead-inspired opus at the Sheldon

Tonight at the Pageant, fans will get a chance to hear those Aphex Twin arrangements alongside "Radio Rewrite," essentially a love letter to Radiohead composed by Steve Reich. Tyondai Braxton, known for his work in seminal math rock band Battles, even arranged an original piece specifically for Alarm Will Sound.

We met with managing director Gavin Chuck to discuss the methods behind the chamber group in great detail. Read on as Chuck explains Alarm Will Sound and its deep connection to the city of St. Louis before tonight's big show at the Pageant.

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