»Emergency exit only – alarm will sound«: Every emergency door has this label in the US. In 2001, Alan Pierson was looking for a name for the new ensemble for contemporary music he was founding at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York with fellow students. The writing on an emergency door at his gym caught his eye.
»We liked the connotations of it. It suggested a place to go that might be a little dangerous and scary and adventurous. The idea of going to unexplored places was an appealing association for us.« – Alan Pierson
The ensemble went on to open new doors and proceeded far beyond the limits of so-called new art music. Alarm Will Sound threw open new doors for the audience at Beethovenfest 2022 too. The four concerts that the ensmeble brought to Bonn for its residency showcased the unique characteristics of the chamber orchestra: The close and longstanding collaboration with composers for commissions of new pieces; the passion and immense skill in performing avantgarde music; and the exploration of musical worlds outside of academia, outside of classically trained composers, namely in electronica. New York Times has fittingly called Alarm Will Sound »one of the most vital and original ensembles in the Amerikan music scene«.