Roomful Of Teeth
Friday, September 13, 2013
This fall’s New Sounds Live events in October represent the first-ever survey of the music of Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, “a musician of many sorts.” Shaw performs as a violinist with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and as a vocalist with Roomful of Teeth. Earlier this year, the composer/vocalist/violist/violinist became, at the age of 30, the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her work "Partita for 8 Voices." Hear Shaw's remarkable music in a two-part series, featuring both of the ensembles she plays in and her interactive film/music piece called “Ritornello.” That's Roomful of Teeth on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7PM and ACME on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7PM at the Winter Garden of Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center.) Both performances will be taped for later broadcast on WNYC, and streamed live at Q2 Music. Admission is FREE.
Monday, March 25, 2013
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.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2012. There just might be something by a Brooklyn-based Afrobeat party band, a violinist (usually a classical player) in collaboration with a German improvising pianist, and perhaps something from a cult American singer. Listen for a vocal octet and a composer who reworked one of the classical music "war horse" works to great effect.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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.”
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
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.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
This week's Mixtape comes from conductor, singer and composer Brad Wells, who founded the a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth in 2009 with the intention of updating vocal music with a 21st Century bent toward technique and eclecticism.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The a cappella octet Roomful of Teeth have trained in non-Western traditions and have collaborated with several fashionable composers. Hear the results on their debut album.
Friday, October 12, 2012
For this New Sounds program, listen to a suite of pieces by Caroline Shaw, a member of the vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth. All of the movements in her suite are named after baroque dance forms, how J.S. Bach and other baroque composers might have done. Hear those forms echoed in the music of Paul Lansky, and Ralph Towner, along with lute player and composer Rolf Lislevand, and the late Englishman Jon Lord. And more.
Friday, June 29, 2012
The frontwoman of tUnE-yArDs, Merrill Garbus, performs with Roomful of Teeth, William Brittelle and The Yehudim at the Ecstatic Summer concert at the River to River Festival on Saturday night. Download her group's tune "Bizness."
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
On February 23rd, 2012, the Ecstatic Music Festival brought together experimental pop artist Glasser and progressive vocal octet Roomful of Teeth for an evening of experimentation and collaboration. The program also included performances of pieces by Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Sarah Kirkland Snider, and more. You can now stream the whole show on-demand.