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Biography
Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy Award–winning vocal octet dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. By engaging collaboratively with artists, thinkers, and community leaders from around the world, the group seeks to uplift and amplify voices old and new while creating and performing meaningful and adventurous music. Handpicked by founder Brad Wells, their voices cover a five-octave range, from ground-shaking lows to bird-trilling highs.

Through rigorous study with experts and icons of vocal traditions the world over, Roomful of Teeth continuously expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through ongoing commissioning projects, forges not only new music but an entirely new type of repertoire. Notable commissioned composers include Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Missy Mazzoli in addition to maintaining their deep connection to composer Caroline Shaw, one of Teeth’s original members.

Roomful of Teeth maintains an active touring schedule throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with recent appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and King’s Place and the Barbican in London. They have performed Berio’s Sinfonia as well as works for Roomful of Teeth and orchestra with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and others. They have also moved into stage work with the visionary opera director Peter Sellars in an ongoing production of Claude Vivier’s surrealist chamber opera Kopernikus.

Roomful of Teeth has developed a significant discography through a decade-long relationship with New Amsterdam Records. Their eponymous first album, released in 2012, was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance. The group also contributed to Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble’s album Sing Me Home, which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album.

 

 

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