Guest Artists in Residence: Roomful of Teeth

Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence (EMAR) presents two days with Roomful of Teeth

Group Photo: Roomful of Teeth, eight-member vocal arts chamber ensemble.
Roomful of Teeth, eight-member vocal arts chamber ensemble.

About Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Toby Twining, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, Ted Hearne and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

Roomful of Teeth vocal project members include Martha Cluver, Eliza Bagg, Virginia Warnken, Eric Dudley, Avery Griffin, Dashon Burton, Cameron Beauchamp and Brad Wells. 

About the Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence

The Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence program is made possible through support from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. Additional support provided by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Crane Group. Dublin Guitar Quartet international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

Monday, January 27: EMAR Residency Day 1

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  |  Community Sing Along 
CMS East Lansing, open to high school and middle school students.

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  |  Student Composition Reading
Cook Recital Hall, free and open to public.

Tuesday, January 28: EMAR Residency Day 2

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  |  Entrepreneurship Q&A
Music Building room 206, free and open to public.

12:40 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   |   Vocal Arts Workshop
Hollander Hall, Music Building room 120, Not open to public (MSU College of Music voice students only)

1:50 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.  |  Panel Discussion: “Thinking about cultural appropriation”
Join a panel of faculty from the College of Music to think about issues of cultural appropriation across different disciplines-education, performance, musicology, and composition—and some of the challenges facing our field today.
Hollander Hall, Music Building room 120, free and 
open to public.

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  |  Performance: Roomful of Teeth and Dublin Guitar Quartet
Part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series. Reserved seating: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for students. Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

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