“Letʼs be clear: Roomful of Teeth, thanks to their peerless combination of virtuosity and versatility, are the future of vocal music.” – WQXR
“Their singing is fiercely beautiful and bravely, utterly exposed. There’s no electronic wash to hide imperfections, no other instruments add layers of sound. It’s just these eight voices gleefully filling up a huge amount of space, and drawing upon a whole world’s worth of non-traditional techniques.” – NPR
“they persistently plumb the depths to discover new means of musical communication – and they are scary good at it.” – I Care If You Listen
Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a Williamstown-based vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from non-classical traditions the world over, the eight voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an on‑going commissioning project, invites today’s brightest composers to create a new repertoire without borders. The group has performed at several prestigious venues and festivals, including Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival (2014); International Federation for Choral Music symposium, Seoul, South Korea (2014), and Bang on a Can Marathon, New York, NY(2014).
In 2014, Roomful of Teeth won the Grammy for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance. They have been artists-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014) and they are currently artists-in-residence at MASS MoCA (2009-present).
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The project’s debut album, Roomful of Teeth, was released in 2012. The New York Times called it “sensually stunning.” Included on many Best of 2012 lists, topping the classical charts on iTunes and Amazon, even breaking into the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Through ongoing commissions and presentations, Roomful of Teeth has collaborated with internationally acclaimed composers, including Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, Sam Amidon, Julia Wolfe and Roomful of Teeth’s ensemble member, Caroline Shaw (who won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for the song “Partita” on the ensemble’s debut album).