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Roomful of Teeth at Marylhurst University

Friday, January 29, 2016


Roomful of teeth; via Roomful of Teeth's Facebook page

Not too many groups can claim both Grammy and Pulitzer Prize trophies rest in their display case, but vocalists, and artists-in-residence at Marylhurst University, can boast proudly.

The group will perform two special and distinct concerts this weekend at Marylhurst University, on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30.

Roomful of Teeth is dedicated to “ mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.”

Roomful of Teeth was formed in 2009 by Brad Wells at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as MASS MoCA, in North Adams Massachusetts. The group has  studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Anna Clyne, Fred Hersh, Wally Gunn, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Harrison, Sam Amidon and Ted Hearne.

On Friday, the group will perform in the Art Gym. The performance will be a response to the works in the winter exhibition of regional abstract painting. The performance begins at 7:30 PM and costs $10 for students or senior citizens, and $20 for general admission.

On Saturday, Roomful of Teeth will team-up with the Marylhurst Chamber Choir and the Lane Community College Chamber Choir. The performance will feature Caroline Shaw’s piece Partita for Eight Voices, written specifically for Roomful of teeth and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013. The performance begins at 7:30 PM on Saturday in St. Anne’s Chapel on the campus of Marylhurst University. Admission costs $15 for students or senior citizens and $35 for general admission.

For more information, visit the Marylhurst University website.


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