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Roomful of Teeth on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Jun 27, 2014 4:05 PM

Sunday, July 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. on witf's Center Stage 

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The stunning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth performs contemporary choral music, much of written by the composers of the New York indie/classical scene.

The singers are classically trained musicians, but they have also studied with masters of non-classical traditions such as Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodeling, belting,  Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing and Sardinian cantu a tenore.   They have been described as a group dedicated to re-imagining singing in the 21st Century.

Founded in 2009 by director Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is made up of Esteli Gomez and Martha Cluver, sopranos, Caroline Shaw and Virginia Wanken, altos, Eric Dudley, tenor, Avery Griffin and Dashon Burton, baritones,  and Cameron Beauchamp, bass. Their debut self-titled album was released in 2012. It topped the classical charts on Itunes and Amazon, and even broke into the top 10 on the Billboard charts. 

Their performance on Center Stage was recorded in November 2013 in the Rubendall Recital Hall of the Weiss Center for the Arts at Dickinson College.

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Caroline Shaw

 

 

In 2013, one of the members, Caroline Shaw, was awarded the Pulitzer prize in music for her work, Partita for 8 Voices, written for the group. She is the youngest person ever to win the Pulitzer in music. The group performs some selections from her work in this evening’s concert, and we’ll be talking with Caroline Shaw as well.

 

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Sir John Tavener

 

 

After the concert by Roomful of Teeth, we’ll hear  choral music by the late British composer Sir John Tavener who died in November of 2013.

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