The Grammy Award-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth comes to UCSB Arts and Lectures tonight. Using only their voices, the musical octet takes audiences on an aural journey which spans “from mere whispers to moments of unearthly beauty” (The Seattle Times). Roomful of Teeth is particularly versed in their style of musical production, as the group has studied in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenòre, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers. To hone the progression of the ensemble, Roomful of Teeth acquires commissioned composers, the likes of which include Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Harrison, Sam Amidon and Ted Hearne. There is perhaps no group on earth that is as versed in vocal music as Roomful of Teeth.
Roomful of Teeth has been an extremely successful musical project. Their debut album struck many “best of 2012” lists, and was lauded by The New York Times. The album topped classical charts on iTunes and Amazon and even broke into the top 10 Billboard chart. In 2013, ensemble member Caroline Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Partita for 8 Voices, the four movements which appear on the debut album. This EP eventually reached the top spot on iTunes classical charts.