Alarm Will Sound and Caleb Burhans

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The versatile, 20-piece chamber band Alarm Will Sound led by Alan Pierson is made up of many stellar musicians who also perform double-duty as accomplished composers and arrangers. In this February 23 show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Alarm Will Sound performs the music of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and ensemble member Caleb Burhans -- who was the first composer featured on Q2's Composer Introduction series, earlier this year.

The musicians of Alarm Will Sound, who are as comfortable playing arrangements of Aphex Twin as Conlon Nancarrow, bring an intelligence and sense of adventure to all of their performances. Firmly committed to music of the immediate present, the group regularly premieres new works by composers such as David Lang, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Gordon, Dennis DeSantis and Payton McDonald -- another ensemble member -- in concerts all over the world.

Listen to Alarm Will Sound's entire program above or check out excerpts below, and don't forget also to explore the Q2 Live Concert archive. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes.

(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Bill Bowen.

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Caleb Burhans opens the show with two of his solo piano pieces, In Time of Desperation and A Moment in the Rothko Chapel.

Exhibiting his many talents, Burhans picks up his electric violin and with the assistance of a looping pedal, he performs Walk Through the Valley of Dead Flowers.

Alarm Will Sound members, Bill Kalinkos, clarinet and John Orfe, piano, take the stage to play As Desperation Sets In.

Alarm Will Sound finally appears in full force to finish out the show with 3 large ensemble pieces: Amidst Neptune, Iceman Stole the Sun, and oh ye of little faith... (do you know where your children are?).