Event Info

The Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir join the GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in concert.

Roomful of Teeth have strong connections with Princeton University. Graduate composer Caroline Shaw is a founding member of the ensemble, and her Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices will be featured on this program. The Glee Club will open the performance with music from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, a work reflecting on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across northern Spain, which the Glee Club will perform on tour in Santiago this winter. Following this, Roomful of Teeth will perform an hour-long set, before the two ensembles come together for a performance of Merrill Garbus’ Quizassa.

This concert will be the culminating event of Roomful of Teeth’s mini-residency at the Princeton University Department of Music, in which Princeton University undergraduate composers will get a precious chance to workshop their own compositions created specially for the group. The workshop will take place Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30pm in Taplin Auditorium (Fine Hall), and is free and open to the public.

About the Artist:

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Commissioned Composers include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Toby Twining, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, Ted Hearne and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

Projects in 2016-2017 include The Colorado, a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin (featuring former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche); collaborations with A Far Cry and Nick Zammuto of The Books; appearances at new music festivals in the US, Canada and Sweden; and partnerships with nearly two dozen higher education institutions across the country.