Nightcap: Curated by Roomful of Teeth
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Roomful of Teeth Takeover

CANCELLED: Nightcap: Curated by Roomful of Teeth


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Date & Times


Feb, 2021

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. The cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth curates a program as part of its two-week Philharmonic takeover.


Roomful of Teeth


Roomful of Teeth


Roomful of Teeth


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.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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