It’s all a cappella singing, but they’re “a band, not a choir,” says Brad Wells of his ensemble Roomful of Teeth. And a roomful is what it sounds like—a veritable throng of vocal styles, spanning history and the globe. The group combines everything from opera to Appalachian yodelling to Tuvan throat singing and much more, each style executed with the expertise of an old practitioner and the enthusiasm of a new convert. They’ve worked with some of the finest contemporary composers around and delighted audiences throughout North America; here they’ll be performing the Pulitzer Prize-winning composition of Music on Main’s composer-in-residence Caroline Shaw, among others.
With a Grammy-winning album to their credit and a steadily growing following, Roomful of Teeth is ready to take Vancouver, and this is your chance to witness some truly unique musical creations. The band’s strengths are its wild eclecticism, its beautiful harmonization and, most of all, its sheer energy. From plaintive melodies to propulsive anthems, these musicians know how to move a crowd. The arrangements are created in fine detail yet, like most great music, they carry the force and the joy of the impulsive. This is multiculturalism at its best—a world of possibilities coming together in art.
…melodic delight, delicious harmonies, and a sense of pure human joy…It’s music that left you with the feeling that maybe there is hope for us after all.