Roomful of Teeth
Date of EventWednesday, 27. 5. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.30
- Caroline Shaw: The Isle
- William Brittelle: Psychedelics
- Peter Shin: Bits Torn from Words
- Caroline Shaw: Sarabande (from Partita for 8 Voices)
- Brad Wells: Otherwise
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Roomful of Teeth is an American vocal ensemble made up of eight soloists. It was established in 2009 by Brad Wells at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and its phenomenal quality, vocal originality, and superb programming has seen it rise to fame in the 10 years of its existence.
The ensemble develops the expressive potential of the human voice and expands its limits through the study of vocal techniques with masters of the vocal traditions of all parts of the world: from Tuvan throat singing and Korean, Georgian, and Indian vocal culture to belting and death-metal vocalisation. “Darwin believed that music and speech developed in part out of people mimicking natural sounds. Roomful of Teeth, you might say, is another step in that evolution,” remarks Burkhard Bilger in a detailed article about the musicians printed in The New Yorker. Their breadth of vocal expression inspires collaborating composers to create utterly unique new works.
The list of those who have written music for Roomful of Teeth includes Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Merrill Garbus William Brittelle, Toby Twining, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, Ted Hearne, Caleb Burhans, or Ambrose Akinmusire.
One of the leading figures in ensemble is the composer and vocalist Caroline Shaw, whose Partita for 8 Voices won the Pulitzer Prize. Their 2012 debut album earned the ensemble a Grammy the following year.
Roomful of Teeth will have an extraordinarily packed season with a slew of world premieres. One of the highlights of their schedule will no doubt be the repeat performance of Kopernikus by Claude Vivier, who was the pupil of Karlheinz Stockhausen. The New Zealand Festival production will be directed by none other than Peter Sellars.