Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth is bringing its powerful vocal music to the Hopkins Center on January 9, 2018. It will be the group’s first appearance in New Hampshire, and will feature another Hopkins Center-commissioned work.
In partnership with Carnegie Hall, the Hop has supported the development of a new musical piece, Ser Aravote, by Tigran Hamasyan, a noted “next-gen jazz pianist,” who combines improvisational jazz with the music of his native Armenia. Hamasyan will accompany the singers on piano for this world debut of his work. One day later, Roomful and Hamasyan will perform the piece at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Roomful of Teeth, founded in 2009, draws from vocal traditions around the world, including Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Georgian singing, and Broadway belting. The group gathers each year at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA (Mass MoCA) to plunge into ever-new kinds of music and to experiment with fresh vocal techniques. Their concerts—and their albums—are adventures: harmonic and edgy and crackling with energy.
Roomful of Teeth’s collaborations are numerous and eclectic. They have worked with Jeffrey Ziegler, former cellist with the Kronos Quartet, on a documentary film, The Colorado, and with Kanye West. They have made music at venues around the world, from Lincoln Center to hip international music festivals.
As well as performing with Roomful, the eight members are versatile musicians who sing with other groups and perform as soloists. Some work as conductors and sound engineers. And at least one composes. Caroline Shaw, who has busked and fiddled in Sweden and was the inaugural musician in residence at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC in 2014, was the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The group will perform her Partita for 8 Voices as part of the Hopkins Center performance. Roomful of Teeth will appear in Spaulding Auditorium of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College on January 9 at 7 p.m.
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