Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY Award-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, by commissioning and creating new works, forges a repertoire without borders.
The band has studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P'ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world's top performers and teachers. The project's debut album, Roomful of Teeth, was released in October 2012 on New Amsterdam Records. The New York Times called it "sensually stunning," and it was included on many Best of 2012 lists, topping the classical charts on iTunes and Amazon, even breaking into the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
In April 2013, ensemble member Caroline Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Partita for 8 Voices, the four movements of which appear on the debut album. An iTunes exclusive EP of Partita was subsequently released and ranked no. 1 on iTunes classical charts.
While at the Weis Center, the program will include: Caroline Shaw's Partita for 8 Voices; William Brittelle's High Done No Why To; Caleb Burhans' Beneath; Toby Twining's Dumas' Riposte; Eric Dudley's Suonare / To Sound, which will feature the Bucknell Camerata; and Merrill Garbus' Quizassa, which will feature the University Choir. Professor Beth Willer, music, conducts the University Choir and Camerata.
Additional funding provided by Bucknell University's Class of 1953 lectureship.
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