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"Fiercely beautiful and bravely, utterly exposed." -NPR

The University of the Pacific's Conservatory announces a three-day residency with the GRAMMY award winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth on Octocber 3-5, 2017.

Roomful of Teeth is a band of superb and visionary musicians who are broadening notions of what it means to be a musician today. The Teeth seem to be everywhere, from new music events at the Big Ears Festival, National Sawdust, and the Ojai Music Festival, to performances with Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. We are thrilled to welcome Roomful of Teeth to the University of the Pacific - their performance on Oct. 4 will be a can't miss event.


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. Collaborators include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Glenn Kotche, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), Nick Zammuto (of The Books), Toby Twining, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ted Hearne, Silk Road Ensemble and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

Roomful of Teeth Residency Schedule

All Events Open to the Public  

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017   

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM                                       Music for the 21st Century - a conversation with Roomful of Teeth, moderated by Dean Peter Witte
Recital Hall 

3:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Side-by-side coaching of the Passacaglia from Caroline Shaw's PartitaConservatory students and members of Roomful of Teeth
Recital Hall

3:00 PM-4:40 PM     

Roomful of Teeth Discussion on the Music Industry:  Follow the Money    

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM                  Roomful of Teeth Masterclass with Conservatory's Opera Workshop students
Choral Rehearsal Hall  
7:30 PM Concert - University of Pacific presents Roomful of Teeth
Ballroom, DeRosa University Center

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Roomful of Teeth on Musicianship
123 Buck Hall
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Roomful of Teeth on Popular Song Writing
209 Buck Hall
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Roomful of Teeth on the Music of the World's Peoples
Recital Hall
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Roomful of Teeth on Musicianship
123 Buck Hall


Masterclass events subject to change

Visit the university events calendar for more details on each of the above events CALENDAR.PACIFIC.EDU

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