Roomful of Teeth

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Roomful of Teeth is a New York-based a cappella octet, but if you think you have any idea what they sound like now that you're armed with that information, think again. It's been said that Roomful of Teeth straddles the boundary between classical music and pop, but more accurate would be to say that the group goes so far beyond existing conceptions of a cappella vocal music in both the classical and pop spheres as to make the terminology meaningless. This is one wild ride. The 13 compositions on the album are by a variety of contemporary composers, but rarely have composers been so subordinate to the capabilities of an individual group. Those capabilities begin with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Roomful of Teeth is a New York-based a cappella octet, but if you think you have any idea what they sound like now that you're armed with that information, think again. It's been said that Roomful of Teeth straddles the boundary between classical music and pop, but more accurate would be to say that the group goes so far beyond existing conceptions of a cappella vocal music in both the classical and pop spheres as to make the terminology meaningless. This is one wild ride. The 13 compositions on the album are by a variety of contemporary composers, but rarely have composers been so subordinate to the capabilities of an individual group. Those capabilities begin with classical training and a mastery of virtuoso close-harmony singing, but they expand outward from there in a way that may seem limitless to those hearing Roomful of Teeth for the first time. The extra ingredient in most of the pieces is not classical extended technique but vocal devices borrowed from world music traditions, including Tuvan throat singing, Korean traditional music, pop belting, and more. The texts are mostly simple and incantatory, something resembling vocal exercises. They are there as a vehicle for Roomful of Teeth above all. Even those who might find this album on the extreme side will concede its absolute originality. In short, it's like nothing else you've ever heard. The engineering is nearly as original as the music, making creative use of distortion but not interfering with the basic immediacy of the singers' natural voices.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: New Amsterdam
  • UPC: 884501764780
  • Catalog Number: 41
  • Sales rank: 956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Passacaglia (5:55)
  2. 2 Amid the Minotaurs (7:42)
  3. 3 Montmartre (5:16)
  4. 4 No (6:43)
  5. 5 Courante (8:59)
  6. 6 AEIOU (6:17)
  7. 7 The Orchard (4:45)
  8. 8 Cesca's View (3:03)
  9. 9 Allemande (5:53)
  10. 10 Quizassa (3:42)
  11. 11 Sarabande (4:49)
  12. 12 Runaway (4:17)
  13. 13 Ansa Ya (6:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roomful of Teeth Primary Artist, Vocal Ensemble
Brad Wells Conductor
Caroline Shaw Alto (Vocal)
Cameron Beauchamp Bass (Vocal)
Virginia Warnken Alto (Vocal)
EstelĂ­ Gomez Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Caroline Shaw Composer
Caleb Burhans Composer
Mark Donahue Engineer
William Brittelle Composer, Text
DM Stith Artwork
Rinde Eckert Composer
Judd Greenstein Composer, Text
Jesse Lewis Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Merrill Garbus Composer
Sarah Kirkland Snider Composer
Nathaniel Bellows Text
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