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Partita for 8 Voices

Roomful of Teeth

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From light-hearted pop songs to atonal music, from crystal clear close harmony to yodelling – Roomful of Teeth has an immense range. This young American ensemble (which can also be seen and heard at this festival’s Mapplethorpe performance Triptych) consists of eight singers, known for their genre-defying experiments, versatility and humour. It is understandable that young American composers like to write especially for them. In this concert they sing work by Missy Mazzoli (who studied with Louis Andriessen and David Lang), Ted Hearne and Caroline Shaw, a member of the ensemble. Her overwhelming Partita for 8 Voices, this concert’s main piece, earned Shaw the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013. Aged thirty, she was the youngest composer ever to win this prize.