Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning eight-person vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. They have studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Hindustani music and other vocal techniques from around the world to shape their unique sound. The performance at Aria will include a world premiere of a new commission by experimental pop artist Nick Zammuto and the Minnesota premiere of group member Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, Partita for 8 Voices, “A highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects” (New Amsterdam Records).
Co-presented by The Schubert Club, Walker Art Center and the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series
Roomful of Teeth
Roomful of Teeth was founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the group gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Anna Clyne, Fred Hersch, Wally Gunn, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Harrison, Sam Amidon, and Ted Hearne.
Projects in 2015-2016 include The Colorado, a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin (featuring former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche); collaborations with NOW Ensemble, Kanye West and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME); performances with the Seattle Symphony featuring Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, appearances at new music festivals in the US, Mexico and Canada; and partnerships with over a dozen higher education institutions across the country.
Lead sponsorship for Roomful of Teeth’s 2015-2016 season is generously provided by Sharon Banker, the Lenore S. & Bernard A. Greenberg Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and New Music USA. Additional support provided by Herb Allen, Katie Schmidt, Virginia Philhower, Pacific Harmony Foundation, the Amphion Foundation and the Cheswatyr Foundation.
Nick Zammuto is a sonic experimentalist also known for his work in bands The Books and Zammuto. In addition to making music, Zammuto and his wife, Molly, built their own home and music studio in Vermont, where they are homesteading and raising three boys.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and sonic experimentalist Nick Zammuto assemble a custom-built evening of sound explorations in a world premiere collaboration: Self_one. The composer writes, “It [Self_one] cycles between solos sung through a pitch/delay unit with an analog synth accompaniment, and highly rhythmic ensemble sections. It’s about finding our identities within a digital house of mirrors.” In addition, the vocal ensemble performs the Minnesota premiere of Partita for 8 Voices, group member Caroline Shaw’s mesmerizing Pulitzer Prize-winning composition.
Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.
The voices and percussion meshed to colorful effect, the story propelled by a high-energy blend of stylistic influences including reggae, hip-hop and rock, with Mr. Cole a charismatic contemporary bard.New York Times
On the L train from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, after an impressive concert by the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth on Saturday evening, I overheard a young woman enthusiastically describe the group as 'like a glee club, but cool in a really nerdy way.'New York Times
It all feels so easy, looks so casual. But it sounds unlike anything.Philly.com