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September 21, 2013

Roomful of Teeth: a gallery of abstract, arresting sound

Seattle Times (WA):

Roomful of Teeth: A highly unusual name for a highly unusual group of eight classically trained young singers, who in 2009 formed this group to commission and perform works which explore the outer ranges of possible vocal technique. They came to Town Hall Thursday night under the auspices of Town Music, the series curated by cellist Joshua Roman, himself always interested in expanding the possibilities available to a classical musician.

The singers stood in a shallow arc, two sopranos, two altos, a tenor, two baritones and a bass. Their concert was a short one, perhaps necessary given the extreme energy, concentration and technical wizardry required, using just their own human instruments. They performed — it’s not quite right to say sang, as often they were making other sounds — 10 pieces and an encore, using voices as pure as English choirboys, or as earthy as any singer belting out lyrics today, in styles from Sardinia’s cantu a tenore to Inuit throat singing, Bulgarian-style singing, even yodeling. They used microphones, not for loudness, I would think, but to protect their voices yet still project while singing quietly. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at September 21, 2013 12:00 AM