Roomful Of Teeth
Monday, July 07, 2014
Hear choral works that make use of a choir for color and texture, rather than the delivery of a text on this New Sounds. From violinist and composer Timba Harris, listen to an album length suite of pieces about the Cascade Mountains at the time of Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980. His “neXus I: Cascadia” features a big choir and minimal strings and electronics, depicting a monarch butterfly, black bear, and the flora and fauna in the in the Pacific Northwest affected by the eruption of the volcano. Also, listen to a work without words written for vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, called “AEIOU,” by Ecstatic Music Festival founder and composer Judd Greenstein. Plus, the vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony, makes over the medieval into something modern with their remix of a Gregorian chant piece. And more.
Monday, March 24, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to music from the band itsnotyouitsme, where Grey McMurray is the guitar-playing half and Caleb Burhans is the violin-playing half. Hear them as that duo, and separately with some of their other projects. One of these is a collaborative work between So Percussion and Grey McMurray called “Where (we) Live.” This series of songs is about each members' personal homes, the artistic home when they join forces, and then a questioning of all these homes by purposefully inviting the unknown to “come on over.”
Friday, March 07, 2014
This New Sounds program consists of some mostly wordless vocal pieces, from Philip Glass to Roomful of Teeth, and vocalist and tape loop manipulator, Juliana Barwick. Listen to the Glass score to Koyanisqatsi, and anexcerpt called “Vessels” featuring the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. Then Roomful of Teeth sings a work by Judd Greenstein working in Tibetan-style overtone/undertone chanting, yodeling, and hocketing.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
By Brian Wise
The Minnesota Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for its album of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
It’s a modern liederabend, literally “song night,” for this New Sounds show. Listen to vocal and choral music from living composers like Missy Mazzoli – and some of her multimedia chamber opera about Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as MIT professor Tod Machover – and an aria from his opera VALIS, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel. Also, there’s music by Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky's 1912 manuscript of woodcuts and prose, “Sounds.” Also, listen to new music from Bryce Dessner, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet from his recent release, “Aheym.” And more.
This Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is the third biennial Lieder-pa-looza, featuring many of these works. Details here.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
From the recent New Sounds Live at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, listen to more music by this year's Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. Hear works for both of her groups, the brilliant chamber band ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) and the vocal acrobatics of the octet Roomful of Teeth, performing the work that won the Puliitzer: Partita for 8 Voices. And more.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
From the recent New Sounds Live at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, listen to music by this year's Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. Hear works for both of her groups, the brilliant chamber band ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) and the vocal acrobatics of the octet Roomful of Teeth. Plus, hear a surprise work featuring just Caroline Shaw herself -her voice and violin, with loops and processing - called "Study for Othmar Ammann." And more.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Hear new music based on baroque forms like passacaglias, bourrees and courantes on this New Sounds. Hear a passacaglia from Caroline Shaw, the Pulitzer Prize-winning NYC-based composer from her “Partita for 8 Voices,” a suite of many dance forms. This winning work was written for the vocal group Roomful of Teeth, who are themselves something like a world music rock concert high wire act. There’s also a toccata for Indonesian gamelan, along with contemporary takes on the 400 year old Italian dance form - the passacaglia- from Danish lute player Rolf Lislevand, and more.