Freund is a professor of composition and the artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, as well as the cellist and a co-founder of Alarm Will Sound.
Recorded live in February 2015 at The Newman Center in Denver, Colorado, Omnisphere represents the first collaboration between “one of the most adventurous groups to emerge in jazz and improvised music in the last three decades” and “an orchestra that counts among the boldest forces in contemporary classical.”
The album features original music by members of both groups, as well as new arrangements by AWS members of two compositions from MMW’s 2004 release End of the World Party (Just in Case).
Freund’s arrangement of that album’s title track “End of the World Party” re-imagines the original’s mostly electronic accompaniment and production by the Dust Brothers’ John King as an orchestral score realized by Alarm Will Sound. The track has been released as the first single from Omnisphere, and was premiered online last week by DownBeat magazine.
Omnisphere will be released on Friday, September 14 on MMW’s Indirecto Records label as a limited-edition set of two vinyl LPs and in digital formats.