I just noticed that Alarm Will Sound made the upper right "brilliant/highbrow" corner of this week's New York Magazine's Approval Matrix:
Alarm Will Sound explores "a/rhythmic" music at Zankel Hall, in arguably the number-one a/rhythmia show in town.
Usually, the only classical artists to make the matrix are legends like Steve Reich or Philip Glass. Despite the fact the group's Zankel Hall concert was last month and the even more newsworthy "1969" concert just played at The Kitchen this weekend, I'm impressed with the recognition. Note that the Zankel concert was what I saw at Stanford last year (posts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5); the more recent show was a themed extravaganza, including works by Berio, Bernstein, Stockhausen, and a re-creation of the Beatles' Revolution No. 9.
Keeping with all things musical and New York, Alarm Will Sound also has a call for scores:
Alarm Will Sound invites submissions for a 5-15 minute piece to be performed as part of a March 2009 Alice Tully concert of music by New York City composers. Works should be submitted in PDF and/or MP3 format to email@example.com. Preference will be given to works that use Alarm Will Sound's full instrumentation and which do not require additional personnel. This call for scores is directed at New York City composers -- the connection of the composer to New York City should be explained as part of the submission. All submissions must be received by 5:00PM EDT on April 1st.
- bernstein mass wikipedia entry.
- alarm will sound website.
- youtube video from the band in the lowbrow/despicable corner of the approval matrix, complete with warning "This video may not be suitable for minors." the nsfw content probably isn't suitable even for those of us who actually remember the year 1969.
- "behind the approval matrix" blog.
- an approval matrix from earlier in the month points out prince is getting a hip replacement.