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Saturday, October 31st

what’s new

Tyshawn Sorey (1980-, composer, drummer, percussionist, trombonist, pianist, MacArthur Fellow [“genius grant”], professor [University of Pennsylvania]) & Alarm Will Sound, Video Chat Variations, published 10/30/20

 

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Post-performance interview with Tyshawn Sorey (Alan Pierson, AWS Artistic Director), published 10/30/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, September 2nd

what’s new

Peter Shin (1991-), Dogwhistling (2019); Alarm Will Sound (with recording: “This Little Light of Mine,” near Huntsville, Tx., 1939 [John Lomax, et al.]), live, Columbia, Mo., 2019 (published 9/1/20)

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Monday, August 24th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound, “Anthem” (M. Monk), published 8/22/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago

Monday, February 24th

more

This I could listen to all day.

Steve Reich (1936-), Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ (1973); Alarm Will Sound, live, New York, 2004

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Saturday, December 6th

two takes

Need a lift?

Charles Ives (1874-1954), Ragtime Dance No. 4 (1904)

Alarm Will Sound, live, New York, 2013


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Orchestra New England, recording, 1990


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musical thoughts

As I remember some of the dances as a boy, and also from father’s description of some of the old dancing and fiddle playing, there was more variety of tempo than in the present-day dances. In some parts of the hall a group would be dancing in polka, while in another, a waltz. Some of the players in the band would, in an impromptu way, pick up with the polka, and some with the waltz, and some with a march. Often the piccolo or cornet would throw in asides. Sometimes a change in tempo, or a mixed rhythm would be caused by a fiddler who, after playing three or four hours steadily, was getting a little sleepy. Or maybe another player was seated too near the hard cider barrel. Whatever the reason for these changes and simultaneous playing of things, I remember distinctly catching a kind of music that was natural and interesting and which was decidedly missed when everybody came down ‘blimp’ on the same beat again.

—Charles Ives

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