Roomful of Teeth won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance thanks to their unparalleled choral repertoire incorporating Appalachian yodeling and Tuvan throat singing. The octet will perform at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in March and April.
Here in the dwindling nights of the American Composers Orchestra's aptly titled showcase SONiC: Sounds of a New Century, composers aged 40 and under are filing out of venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, all of which have played safe harbor to their thoroughly modern machinations. Saturday night's performance at National Sawdust, care of the unflappable vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, duly certified festival, venue and ensemble together as one hell of a discovery.
Roomful of Teeth's sophomore album, 'Render,' is out April 28 via New Amsterdam Records. And, quote, "this video is about slow bubbles in Florence and the release of Roomful of Teeth's sophomore album, Render." So, watch the beguiling two-minute album trailer above, go watch the Classicalite premiere of RoT's first-ever music video for William Brittelle's "High Done No Why To" and then, of course, pre-order 'Render' on Bandcamp.
With Ward Swingle gone from the SATB earth and Tim Hauser transferring no more 'cross Manhattan, the timing couldn't be any more right for Roomful of Teeth to become our starriest vocal band. Fresh off one of the most exciting drones at the Met's Temple of Dendur since, well, Interpol's record release party, the GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) with that youngest-ever Pulitzer recipient (Caroline Shaw) on one of the best labels in the new music biz (New Amsterdam) hasn't yet made a music vid proper. Until now, of course.
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform with Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in the world premiere of Jóhannsson’s 'Drone Mass.' Jóhannsson, known for his 'The Theory of Everything' score, will present his piece as a part of the Met’s "Museum Presents" series at the Temple of Dendur.
This fall, New Amsterdam Records will present Sound / Source, an all-day electronic music festival at MoMA PS1. Produced in collaboration with L3M, the Oct. 19 event will feature Tyondai Braxton, Paul Lansky (with members of Roomful of Teeth), Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich, Holly Herndon, Alvin Lucier's I am sitting in a room and Huerco S.
For the first time, 50% of the awards were given to artists on majors, and the other half to those signed either to an indie label, boutique label or a label of their own. For artists like Macklemore and his producer-cum-engineer-cum-friend Ryan Lewis and Vampire Weekend, the Grammys yielded a nominal "ton" in winnings.