Grammy-Winning Vocal Group to Open Distinguished Artist Series Sept. 13

Roomful of Teeth
Grammy-winning vocal group, Roomful of Teeth (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 9, 2016

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 9, 2016) — Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice, will open Baylor University’s 2016 - 2017 Distinguished Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they have studied such vocal traditions and techniques as 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. Projects for this season include appearances at new music festivals in the United States, Canada and Sweden.

The group’s program at Baylor University will open with Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices from 2011. This piece was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music on April 15, 2013, making Shaw the youngest recipient of the award. Also to be heard is Wally Gunn’s The Ascendant, released earlier this year. These six songs are set to a collection of poetry by contemporary Australian poet Maria Zajkowski.

The Glennis McCrary Music Building is located at 110 Baylor Ave., Waco, Texas. Tickets for this Distinguished Artist Series concert are available online through the Baylor University box office at or in person at the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students, senior citizens and Baylor faculty and staff are $10.

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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