“A thoroughly 21st-century re-imagining of a capella vocal music - experimental, multi-textured and more than ready to blur the lines between pop and art music” – NPR
Roomful of Teeth is a vocal octet dedicated to re-imagining singing in the 21st century. Through study with vocal masters from non-classical traditions the world over, Roomful of Teeth continually expands their vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an on-going commissioning project, invites today’s brightest composers to create a repertoire without borders. Winners of the 2010 American Prize, two-time TimeOut New York Critic’s Picks, and featured ensemble in the 2011 Merkin Hall Ecstatic Music Festival, the group brings audiences to their feet with vibrant performances of all-new music.
Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth consists of eight classically trained vocalists. At their annual residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), the ensemble has studied Tuvan throat singing, belting and pop techniques, yodeling, Inuit throat singing and, in their summer 2012 residency, the group will coach with master singers from Sardinia and Korea. Featuring the vocals and compositional talents of Caroline Shaw (2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Composition), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Cameron Mesirow (Glasser), Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, William Brittelle and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
An evening with A Roomful of Teeth feels less like a classical new music performance and more like a world music rock concert high wire act. Or, perhaps, just something completely different.