Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth

Fri, June 28, 2019, 8:00pm


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

“Gleefully dismantling the traditional definition of ensemble singing right before our ears.” — NPR

Roomful of Teeth


Caroline Shaw Partita for 8 Voices— Intermission —Merrill Garbus Ansa YaMerrill Garbus There Will BeTed Hearne “Your People” (From Coloring Book)
William Brittelle High Done No Why ToMissy Mazzoli Vesper Sparrow

7:00pm Pre-concert conversation with Caroline Shaw and members of Roomful of Teeth.

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Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth

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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.