Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth

by Roomful of Teeth


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Roomful of Teeth

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: New Amsterdam
UPC: 0884501764780
catalogNumber: 41
Rank: 57325

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)
Estelí Gomez   Soprano (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Caroline Shaw   Composer
Caleb Burhans   Composer
Mark Donahue   Engineer
William Brittelle   Composer,Text
Rinde Eckert   Composer
Judd Greenstein   Composer,Text
Jesse Lewis   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Merrill Garbus   Composer
Sarah Kirkland Snider   Composer
Nathaniel Bellows   Text
D.M. Stith   Artwork

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