Roomful of Teeth to perform with Bucknell University Choir at Weis Center
LEWISBURG — Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform with the Bucknell University Choir and Camerata at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Weis Center. There will be a free pre-performance talk in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby from 6:45-7:15 p.m.
Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the group gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and death metal singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Fred Hersch, Wally Gunn, Michael Harrison, Sam Amidon, Ambrose Akinmusire, Toby Twining and Ted Hearne, among many others.
The project’s debut album, Roomful of Teeth, was released in October 2012 on New Amsterdam Records. The New York Times called it “sensually stunning,” and it was included on many Best of 2012 lists, topping the classical charts on iTunes and Amazon, even breaking into the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
The ensemble is made up of Esteli Gomez, soprano; Martha Cluver, soprano; Caroline Shaw, alto; Elisa Sutherland; alto, Eric Dudley; tenor, Thann Scoggin, baritone; Williamsport native Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; and Cameron Beauchamp, bass.
While at the Weis Center, their program will include: Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw, High Done No Why To by William Brittelle, Beneath by Caleb Burhans, Dumas’ Riposte by Toby Twining, Suonare/ To Sound by Eric Dudley featuring Bucknell Camerata and Quizassa by Merrill Garbus featuring Bucknell University Choir with Beth Willer as conductor.
Tickets are available at several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling 570-577-1000.