WNMF 6: Roomful of Teeth

Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:30PM
Centennial Concert Hall

“Gleefully dismantling the traditional definition of ensemble singing right before our ears…Fiercely beautiful and bravely, utterly exposed. “

– NPR

“Experimentation may be the group’s calling card, but its essence is pure joy. “

– The Boston Globe

Mix a bit of yodeling with Tuvan throat singing, add in a pinch of Sardinian cantu a tenore, fold in compositions from cutting-edge composers, and you have the ground-breaking vocal octet Roomful of Teeth. Formed in 2009 by Brad Wells, the group exploded on the contemporary music scene with its ebullient and uncompromising exploration of the human voice, studying with masters from singing traditions from around the world and commissioning composers to observe the process and reincorporate elements into Teeth’s ever-expanding repertoire of bespoke works. Standing at the frontier of 21st-century music, the band won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance for their pioneering eponymous first album and were nominated again for their sophomore record Render.

WNMF proudly presents Roomful of Teeth for the first time in Winnipeg, performing selections from their repertoire by Caroline ShawWilliam BrittelleJudd GreensteinMissy Mazzoli, and Brad Wells, along with world premieres of brand new WSO-commissioned works by Harry Stafylakis and Winnipeg’s own Andrew Balfour.

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WORKS

  • Caroline Shaw Partita for 8 Voices
  • William Brittelle High Done No Why To
  • Harry Stafylakis EIDOS, Book I WORLD PREMIERE • Commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
  • Brad Wells Render
  • Andrew Balfour Asibikaashi: Spider Women/Healer of Dreams WORLD PREMIERE • Commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
  • Judd Greenstein A E I O U

ARTISTS

Roomful of Teeth
Estelí Gomez, soprano; Martha Cluver, soprano; Eliza Bagg, alto; Elisa Sutherland, alto; Steve Bradshaw, tenor; Avery Griffin, baritone; Thann Scoggin, bass-baritone; Cameron Beauchamp, bass; Brad Wells, artistic director


PRE-CONCERT PANEL

Voices from Afar

6:45PM | Piano Nobile

In the 21st century, how do artists engage with musical & cultural influences from around the world?

Andrew Balfour, composer
Cory Campbell, singer
Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth
Estelí Gomez, Roomful of Teeth
Sarah Kirsch, soprano
Harry Stafylakis, host


POST-CONCERT PANEL

Piano Nobile

Roomful of Teeth
Andrew Balfour, composer
Harry Stafylakis, composer
Daniel Raiskin, host


POST-CONCERT RECEPTION

Piano Nobile 
DJ Tony Neu