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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques, and through an ongoing commissioning process, it forges a new repertoire without borders. The group has studied Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodeling, belting, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, and Persian classical singing. A New York Times reviewer calls the ensemble’s eponymously titled debut album, released in 2012, “sensually stunning.” In 2013, octet member Caroline Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Partita for 8 Voices, which was included on the album. “Experimentation may be this group’s calling card,” writes a Boston Globe reviewer, “but its essence is pure joy.”

Artist website: Roomful of Teeth

1Project Events

A Cappella Club Coaching

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016
107 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Not open to the public

Roomful of Teeth performers will coach members of Penn State’s nine a cappella clubs on belting techniques for power vocals.

State College Choral Student Coaching

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Not open to the public

Roomful of Teeth performers will coach State College Area High School choral students on belting techniques for power vocals.

Classical Coffeehouse

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Council of LionHearts and the Blue & White Society.

8 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Roomful of Teeth will share excerpts of its work, demonstrate vocal techniques from around the world with participation from the audience, and reflect on the group’s intercultural research.

Each Penn State student in attendance receives—at the end of the coffeehouse—a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students. A $5 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

Comparative Literature Class Visit

10:35 a.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016
Not open to the public

Whether it belongs to familiar types of literature in the Western tradition or is a fable, folktale, hero story, play, or narrative from another cultural tradition, this course—The Forms of World Literature: a Global Perspective—presents a sampling of masterpieces of world literature with which Roomful of Teeth’s broad vocal practices correlate. Roomful of Teeth artists will amplify understanding of written-word vocal demonstration and provide context for their interactions with cultural narratives in creative capacities.

Linguistics Class Visit

12:05 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016
Not open to the public

Foundations of Linguistics engages the search for the unconscious knowledge that humans have about language(s), an understanding of the structure of language, and knowledge about how languages differ from each other. From their vast repertoire, Roomful of Teeth artists will share and demonstrate their knowledge of varied vocal practices.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Class Visit

12:05 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016
Not open to the public

Roomful of Teeth artists will share information about their development as professionals and as a company. They will discuss what is necessary to continue growing and managing an organization with an international presence.

Partita for 8 Voices and other works

7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016
Schwab Auditorium

The program includes Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices and other music.

Roomful of Teeth vocalists Estelí Gomez and Shaw will be the featured speakers in a post-performance discussion with audience members.

Tickets

Adult $42  |  University Park Student $15  |  18 and Younger $32

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sponsor

Eileen Liebowitz

media sponsor

WPSU

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.

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