MASS MoCA 2014

 

August 18th marks the start of our 2014 residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art! We'll be studying Hindustani music with teacher, singer and composer Warren Senders and Persian classical singing with Iranian performer and scholar Sepideh Raissadat. Michael Harrison (called "an American maverick" by Philip Glass) will write music informed by his three decades of study and practice of Indian music. Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can co-director, will bring her bracing, fresh compositional voice to the ensemble. And singer/songwriter Sam Amidon, thanks to a commission by Lincoln Center White Lights Festival, will create new music to be premiered at MASS MoCA (and subsequently to be performed in the White Lights Festival in October).

Our concert on August 29th will include the rapturously beautiful Ritornello - music and film by ensemble member (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Caroline Shaw.  

And for the first time, we'll be performing OUTDOORS in Courtyard C (weather permitting! Otherwise, Hunter Center. Plenty of seats this time!)

Reserve tickets in advance here.

Guggenheim Fellowship for composer Elena Ruehr

A belated congratulations to composer Elena Ruehr, who was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to write an opera for Roomful of Teeth. Ruehr is currently composing the opera with librettist Gretchen Henderson, and she, MIT Music and Theater Arts, and the Center for Art, Science and Technology will host Roomful of Teeth as Visiting Artists in residence at MIT in November, 2014.

Click here for more info.

New Music USA Project Grant

Roomful of Teeth is very honored and excited to have received a New Music USA Project Grant, to help fund its fifth residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in mid-August 2014. There the group will study with masters of Hindustani and Persian singing styles and along the way will sponsor open rehearsals and a Kids' Day when children and adults can try the vocal techniques for themselves. As usual, the residency will end with a concert premiering new works as well as other pieces.

Click here for more info on the New Music USA Project Grant.

GRAMMY Award Press Round-Up

Following Roomful of Teeth's performance at the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Awards Ceremony, The Rolling Stone declared it "one of the best musical moments" of the evening. RantChic also included the performance in their "20 Best Moments from The GRAMMYs" and the Daily Illini called it "the best performance you probably didn't see."  

[You can view the performance here at the GRAMMY website at 1:09 and the announcement and acceptance at 1:24.]

Roomful of Teeth's win was also mentioned by NPR Music, Classicalite and Vents Magazine.

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations

Roomful of Teeth has been nominated in three categories for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards! The self-titled debut album has been nominated in the categories of Best Engineer for Classical Album, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices. Roomful of Teeth will also be performing at the GRAMMY Awards Ceremony.

Click HERE to view a listing of all the GRAMMY nominees.

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New York Magazine Feature on Caroline Shaw’s “Partita”

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New York Magazine's Justin Davidson recently wrote a feature on Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, Partita, praising the piece for its "luminous, sensual...clarity of sound" and stating that "the Pulitzer's jolt of affirmation passes through her to a whole new-music ecosystem: to the ensembles in which she plays, to the composer-run label New Amsterdam Records, and to her mostly Brooklynite cohort." To read the full article, click HERE.