Alarm Will Sound: Cradle & Love Always

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 3:00pm

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland presents the world premiere of Love Always, co-commissioned by The Clarice and the Matt Marks Impact Fund, along with Alyssa Piper’s Cradle.

Alyssa Pyper initially created Cradle as a solo work for violin, loop pedal and voice as part of a symbolic journey into the trauma of growing up queer, classically trained and Mormon. In equal part, the composition of the piece emerged through the composer’s dissonance with not only fundamentalist religion, but a pedagogy of classical violin dispersed through the frame of a perfectionist religious culture. Through a close mentorship, members of Alarm Will Sound co-created with Pyper a version of Cradle that allows for members of an ensemble to tap into its arc and participate in its call.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park, MD 27042
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Matt McBane & Sandbox Percussion

Friday, December 16, 2022 - 6:30pm

Chamber quartet Sandbox Percussion will perform composer and violinist Matt McBane’s Bathymetry in its entirety in this world premiere performance featuring an opening set by Matt McBane. 

Bathymetry – a reference to how bass synthesizers affect percussive sounds, mimicking how the ocean floor shapes the waves above–draws from western classical minimalism and incorporates modern electronic music production. McBane first became interested in the ocean floor as a teen surfer, and this album sees him recreate that mysterious underwater world. Created for analog synthesizer and percussion, Bathymetry also utilizes a mix of found instruments like mixing bowls, ping-pong balls, and glass bottles in a nod to Youtube ASMR videos. McBane’s use of a singular synthesizer acts as a unifying line throughout Bathymetry, shaping each movement like the tide on sea glass.

Journey through Earth's final frontier with Sandbox Percussion and Matt McBane as they explore the various ways sound can shape and move us. 

Bathymetry is available everywhere on November 4, 2022 (CD and LP).

National Sawdust
80 North 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY
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