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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:  5 Customer Reviews )
 I can't believe it is back ordered. August 14, 2020 By Michael K. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I only ordered this recording today and I am reviewing it based on the YouTube video of Shaw's Partita for 8 Voices. While that is probably unfair, the stunning quality of the work and the fact that it has already been back ordered prompt me to act quickly, and hope enough others will order the CD to allow it to remain in Arkiv's catalog. I had never heard of Caroline Shaw or Roomful of Teeth before I saw the ensemble mentioned in a stereo magazine and a modern a cappella group piqued my interest. I searched for them on YouTube and am obviously happy it did." Report Abuse
 Great recording. Great ensemble, July 29, 2020 By Rimas D. (Etobicoke, ON) See All My Reviews "I like this CD. My only gripe is I wanted to hear Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices" in its entirety. On this recording sections of it are scattered throughout the album." Report Abuse
 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
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