Roomful of Teeth is a multi-Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble devoted to the boundless expressive capacity of the human voice. Founder and artistic director Brad Wells has handpicked a group of the most versatile classically trained singers from around the United States, whose voices cover a five-octave range, from ground-shaking lows to dog-whistle highs. Through rigorous study with masters of vocal traditions the world over, Roomful of Teeth continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges not only new music but an entirely new type of repertoire.
Founded in 2009, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. While in residence, the members work intensively with master singers and teacher-experts in a wide range of vocal styles, from katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) to Korean p’ansori, Georgian folk music, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani classical singing, Persian classical singing, and even death metal screaming.
Through this process, Roomful of Teeth has worked with a strikingly wide range of composers to create a significant and continuously growing repertoire. Recent commissions have included works by William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli, Terry Riley, Julia Wolfe, and many others. The group has a special relationship with composer Caroline Shaw, who is one of Teeth’s eight founding members and whose Partita for 8 Voices won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Roomful of Teeth maintains an active touring schedule throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Recent appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, King’s Place in London, the Barbican, and many others. The members of the group reside around the United States, from San Francisco to San Antonio to New York.