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Roomful Of Teeth

Roomful Of Teeth
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  New Amsterdam   Catalog #: 41   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Rinde EckertCaleb BurhansMerrill GarbusCaroline Shaw,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roomful of Teeth
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The adventurous and renowned vocal octet Roomful of Teeth released their debut self-titled album Roomful of Teeth in October 2012. This album features a variety of intriguing music.

"Partita for 8 Voices," an a cappella composition by Caroline Shaw, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music. The piece, written for Roomful of Teeth, is in four parts on this album, Passacaglia, Courante, Allemande and Sarabande.

The composer writes: "Partita is a simple piece. Born of a love of surface and structure, of the human voice, of dancing and tired ligaments, of music, and of our basic desire to draw a line from one point to another." - Caroline Shaw

"From the neo-alpine yodel on Rinde
Read more Eckert’s “Cesca’s View” to Caleb Burhans’s stirring post-minimalist take on bel canto singing in “No”, the album breathes fresh life into the a cappella landscape. One of this generation’s most dynamic vocal talents, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, contributes two electrifying songs that explore a range of world-inspired grooves. African pygmy yodels, Inuit rhythmic pulsing, Appalachian hymn tunes, and bracing Eastern European belting all filter through Garbus’s powerful compositional voice. Composer-to watch Caroline Shaw uses her insider vantage as a Roomful of Teeth vocalist to create four sonically exquisite and emotionally charged journeys through the ensemble’s soundworld.

New Amsterdam co-directors William Brittelle, Judd Greenstein, and Sarah Kirkland Snider contribute as well: Brittelle’s daring “Amid the Minotaurs” pushes and pulls before opening into a heart-stopping soprano solo; Snider’s otherworldly “The Orchard” intertwines haunting vocals with the text of poet Nathaniel Bellows; and Greenstein’s three pieces explore the group’s polyphony at its most lively, tender, and affecting. Altogether, the album is a 13-piece showcase of this adventurous ensemble’s staggering range, resulting in an entirely unforgettable listening experience." - New Amsterdam Records Read less

Works on This Recording

Cesca’s View by Rinde Eckert
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No by Caleb Burhans
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Quizassa by Merrill Garbus
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Passacaglia by Caroline Shaw
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Amid the Minotaurs by William Brittelle
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Montmartre by Judd Greenstein
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Courante by Caroline Shaw
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A E I O U by Judd Greenstein
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The Orchard by Sarah Kirkland Snider
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Allemande by Caroline Shaw
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Sarabande by Caroline Shaw
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Run Away by Judd Greenstein
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Ansa ya by Merrill Garbus
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Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw
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Notes: Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in music. The four parts of this suite have separate tracks on this album: Passacaglia, Courante, Allemande and Sarabande. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Slendid May 22, 2018 By Robert C. (Tucson, AZ) See All My Reviews "Shaw's piece is worthy of all the praise it has received. I found the practice of "distributing" a larger work amidst smaller pieces, initially, annoying. I have followed the guidance of choral lovers and practitioners in recognizing that this has been a performance practice with a long and celebated history. Although I am now more appreciative of the format, I do think it enhances the extraordinarily brilliant accomplishment of the "Partita". If my copy had been a vinyl LP, it would be worn out by now. Terrific, in every way!" Report Abuse
 Very Deserving of the Pulitzer Prize May 8, 2015 By Nathaniel Murphy (Tupelo, MS) See All My Reviews "The standout, Pulitzer Prize winning piece 'Partita for 8 Voices' by Caroline Shaw is the wonderful center to this amazing CD. I've listened to this CD more than any other classical CD I've owned the last few months. While the other works surrounding the bizarrely separated 4 movement Partita bring even greater fame to the Roomful Of Teeth ensemble it is Shaw's work that should be added to the great choral works of the last 100 years! I'm just so glad I came across this CD and can't wait to see what they do next. Very Highly Recommended!" Report Abuse
 Unusual recording and demanding music. May 18, 2013 By Dr. Mitchell Gurk (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "The human voice triggers limbic reactions. Various calls in these pieces force us to respond with alarm, concern, shame, relief, compassion, peace, tension, fear. It is a feat of emotional endurance to listen to this album thru. One must be ready for the vulnerable experience and to be rewarded by it. Carolyn Shaw's pieces seem the most inventive conceptually with vocal timbres and the most objectified. In Courante she plays with the limits of the breath of life as in exertion, athletic or sexual. In that we witness more than music, we are joined to what it is to be that particular person, thus the shame or disgust or love responses. Shaw's are mixed into the playlist with the other pieces, so i intend a future hearaing to group the suite, Passacaglia, Courante, Allemande (which mixes spoken word about its own evolving form with choral chanting), Saraband. Greenstein's Montmartre is horrifying, my skin crawled - therefore very very good. What vision of the pretty picaresque Parisian immigrant neighborhood prompted this? His other works similarly are suffused with intensity. His Run Away is a beautiful, organ-like lullaby. Perhaps the most purely and traditionally vocal beauty is in Burhans ironical "No", that shaming syllable in a setting of loveliness and consolation. "Amid the Minotaurs", a modern poem written and set by Wm. Brittelle gives us existence, reality, iconography and death, equivalent to any great Dies Irae, a capella. These vocalists are superb, e.g., Eseli Gomez' yodeling in "Cesca's View". They yodel, croon, whisper, sigh and grunt. Strange. Captivating. Unlike anything else." Report Abuse
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