This Grammy-winning experimental vocal project explores the possibilities of the human voice by studying with masters of singing technique around the world, from Tuvan throat singing to yodeling to Hindustani music to Broadway belting. The program includes Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices, the work which made her the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music and brought her to international prominence. “Experimentation may be this group’s calling card, but its essence is pure joy.” — The Boston Globe
Roomful of Teeth
Caroline Shaw Partita for 8 Voices
— Intermission —
Missy Mazzoli Vesper Sparrow
Merrill Garbus Ansa Ya
William Brittelle High Done No Why To
Ted Hearne “Letter to my Father” (From Coloring Book)
Merrill Garbus There Will Be
7:00pm Pre-concert conversation with members of Roomful of Teeth.
New! Summer Series
This performance is part of the New Music Series, the Vocal Series, and the Caroline Shaw Series.
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Roomful of Teeth
Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.
Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing, and Death Metal singing. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Toby Twining, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, Ted Hearne, and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.
Thursday , June 20 , 7:00pm
Sunday , June 23 , 4:00pm
Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano
Sunday , June 30 , 4:00pm
Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Jonathan Biss, pianoSunday , July 7 , 4:00pm
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Friday , July 12 , 8:00pm
Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux
Saturday , July 13 , 7:30pm
Friday , July 19 , 8:00pm
Sunday , July 21 , 4:00pm
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Paul Appleby, tenor
Matthew Aucoin, pianoThursday , July 25 , 7:00pm