4 Songs, 25 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shaw’s ambitious Partita is a postmodern, polyphonic fantasia of sound and text. Reminiscent of Philip Glass’ contemporary masterpiece Einstein on the Beach, Shaw’s prismatic work—a winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music—derives its power from her juxtaposition of lines of abstract text spoken against colorful, shifting harmonies, creating an aura only possible from the most diligent painters of sound. The Passacaglia is a chromatic journey that blossoms into a rich study in timbre, and the Sarabande features brilliant tone groupings and uniquely modern polyphony.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shaw’s ambitious Partita is a postmodern, polyphonic fantasia of sound and text. Reminiscent of Philip Glass’ contemporary masterpiece Einstein on the Beach, Shaw’s prismatic work—a winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music—derives its power from her juxtaposition of lines of abstract text spoken against colorful, shifting harmonies, creating an aura only possible from the most diligent painters of sound. The Passacaglia is a chromatic journey that blossoms into a rich study in timbre, and the Sarabande features brilliant tone groupings and uniquely modern polyphony.

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About Roomful of Teeth

Formed in Massachusetts in 2009 under the direction of Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is an a cappella octet specializing in contemporary compositions that bridge classical, world music, and pop at their most virtuosic. With a founding membership of Cameron Beauchamp, Dashon Burton, Martha Cluver, Eric Dudley, Esteli Gomez, Avery Grifftin, Caroline Shaw, and Virginia Warnken, the ensemble's name was taken from a line in the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby film Road to Morocco, indicative of the group's free-spiritedness. Their self-titled debut album, which employed elements a diverse as (but not limited to) distortion and overtone singing, was released on New Amsterdam Records in late 2012. It featured two works by indie rock maestro Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs, with whom they have performed live, and member Caroline Shaw's Partita for 8 Voices, which won her a Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2013. The album went on to win a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance in 2014. The group's sophomore album, Render, followed in the spring of 2015 and featured works by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, Wally Gunn, Missy Mazzoli, and their own Eric Dudley and Brad Wells. ~ Marcy Donelson

ORIGIN
Massachusetts, United States
FORMED
2009

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