New Roomful of Teeth Released – Check Out ‘Render’ Here!

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New Roomful of Teeth Released – Check Out ‘Render’ Here!


 Here’s what people are saying now:

4.28.15 – The Nation – A More Perfect Pitch 

“Roomful of Teeth is making some of the most rigorously venturesome and thrillingly inventive music being made by any ensemble, vocal or instrumental, today.”

4.27.15 – secondinversion.org – ALBUM REVIEW: “Render” by Roomful of Teeth

“The ensemble’s voices ebb and flow in soft waves, gracefully gliding in and out of near-silence to create a serene and mystical sound world.”

4.25.15 – Roomful of Teeth: A Vocal Group That’s ‘A Band, Not A Choir’

“For me, it’s the idea of seeing distinct particles slowly come together and create an image — that’s what video rendering is,” [Shaw] says. “And I think our next journey through this second album, and beyond, is to see how our distinct voices come together and keep creating new music.”

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“Warnken’s dark, rich voice was a pleasure to hear, especially because she deployed it with such elegance and taste.”

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“Warnken’s dark, rich voice was a pleasure to hear, especially because she deployed it with such elegance and taste.”

 

Seraphic Fire provides excellent view of young Mozart in context
BY GREG STEPANICH

...Alto Virginia Warnken was a very fine soloist in the single-movement cantata Bekennen will ich seinen Namen (BWV 200), which features one of Bach’s most endearing melodies. Warnken’s dark, rich voice was a pleasure to hear, especially because she deployed it with such elegance and taste...

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“Warnken, a bright-voiced mezzo, then delivered a richly ornamented rendition of Caccini’s “Dispiegate guancie amate,” a melancholy, sinuous song of seduction” – The New Yorker

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“Warnken, a bright-voiced mezzo, then delivered a richly ornamented rendition of Caccini’s “Dispiegate guancie amate,” a melancholy, sinuous song of seduction” – The New Yorker

Eyes and Ears

At the Metropolitan Museum, early music in the galleries.

BY ALEX ROSS

 

The sixteenth-century art historian Giorgio Vasari describes a picture by Fra Bartolomeo—“The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine,” at the Pitti Palace—in which two child angels are seen playing stringed instruments. One of them, Vasari writes, is a lutenist painted “with a leg drawn up and his instrument resting upon it, and with the hands touching the strings in the act of running over them, an ear intent on the harmony, the head upraised, and the mouth slightly open, in such a way that whoever beholds him cannot persuade himself that he should not also hear the voice.”

 

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Reviews for “Green Mountain Project”

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Reviews for “Green Mountain Project”

(Excerpt) Halfway through the Green Mountain Project’s Monday performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Vespero della Beata Vergine,” as Jason McStoots and Owen McIntosh virtuosically tripped through the echoing angelic lauds of “Duo seraphim,” Brian Giebler sidled in at mention of the Trinity, and the song coalesced into triadic solidity. It epitomized the music’s palpable architecture. Monteverdi historically straddled a shift in musical thought, from horizontal counterpoint to vertical harmony. One could hear ideas that once would have made Renaissance waves being stacked into pillars and vaults.

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The Symbiotic Evolution of ‘Partita’ - Roomful of Teeth Performs at Trinity Wall Street

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The Symbiotic Evolution of ‘Partita’ - Roomful of Teeth Performs at Trinity Wall Street

(EXCERPT) There aren’t many words among the sighs, belts and purrs of Caroline Shaw’s vocal octet “Partita” (2009-12), and at first hearing they sound like gibberish. Take these, purloined from Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing 305”: “The eighty-sixth, eighty-seventh and eighty-eighth points are located symmetrically across the central vertical axis of the wall.” It’s about lines and connections, words that in Ms. Shaw’s “Passacaglia” movement disappear into a thicket of nonsensical sibilance as eight speakers overlap.

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“Roomful of Teeth mesmerizes at MIT” – The Boston Globe

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“Roomful of Teeth mesmerizes at MIT” – The Boston Globe

 

(Excerpt) The saucy “Allemande” from Shaw’s “Partita for 8 Voices” provided some welcome levity, the singers combining geometry (“To the side,” “To the midpoint”) with square dancing (“Allemande left and right”) before swinging into a fugal treatment of “The detail of the pattern is movement,” from T. S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton.” Judd Greenstein’s more straightforward “Run Away” featured a clarion solo from Virginia Warnken, and Wells’s “Otherwise” was anchored by a resonant Dashon Burton. The premieres were intriguing, but it was the performers who starred, Roomful of Teeth creating a roomful of voices.

Jeffrey Gantz can be reached at jeffreymgantz@gmail.com.

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts - Featuring Virginia Warnken with Roomful of Teeth

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts - Featuring Virginia Warnken with Roomful of Teeth

November 10, 2014 by TOM HUIZENGA • Mix a bit of yodeling with Tuvan throat singing, add in a pinch of Sardinian cantu a tenore, fold in compositions from cutting-edge composers and you have the vocal group Roomful of Teeth. This eight-voice ensemble, which includes the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, is gleefully dismantling the traditional definition of ensemble singing right before our ears (and teeth!).

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Concerto Delle Donne - Featuring Virginia Warnken

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Concerto Delle Donne - Featuring Virginia Warnken

 

The Renaissance (“rebirth”) in Italy paved the way for incredible discoveries in all areas of human existence. It was a time of great invention, scientific exploration, and lavish expression through art and music.  A renewed focus on the classicsled to many new musical art forms such as opera, and its related focus on philology greatly impacted compositional style.

At the end of the 16th century, the Duke of Ferrara began hosting private events shrouded in secrecy featuring the concerto delle donne, an ensemble of renowned professional women musicians who were hired to entertain guests of the court. By all accounts, these women were phenomenally gifted and they inspired composers to write extraordinarily florid and virtuosic music for them. Rival courts throughout Italy quickly mimicked the original trio to form other concerti delle donne.

During this time of extraordinary creativity, there was greater awareness and limited acceptance of the many women who were composing and performing.  A few stand-outs were Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, Antonia Bembo, Isabella Leonarda, and Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, among many.  Some lived and worked in wealthy courts while others lived in convents that allowed for surprising freedoms, but it was clear that these women participated handsomely in the world of music during their day.

TENET’s modern take on the tradition of concerti delle donne is rooted in a love of music and history.  For this project, we focus our attention on 17th century Italy in a program featuring sopranos Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn and Virginia Warnken, who have teamed up to share the story of these amazing women and the musical world they inhabited while shedding light on the courtly culture known as as Musica Segreta (“secret music”).

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Nola.com Features Grammy Winner Virginia Warnken

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Nola.com Features Grammy Winner Virginia Warnken

 

Virginia Warnken was recently featured on Nola.com for her win at the 56th Grammy Awards with ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Louisiana native and Roomful of Teeth mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken discusses her win and her journey from beginning her career to performing at the Grammy’s.

Regarding winning a Grammy Award, Warnken said, “It’s a cool honor … It’s really surreal. But the thing is, nothing’s changed so far. Honestly, I don’t think it’s set in yet.” –Virginia Warnken

Read the full article on Nola.com here.

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Virginia Warnken and Roomful of Teeth Win Grammy Award

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Virginia Warnken and Roomful of Teeth Win Grammy Award

As a member of Roomful of Teeth, Virginia Warnken performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Award Pre-Telecast. In addition to performing, the group was honored with a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance.

RantChic recently listed the Roomful of Teeth performance at the 56th Grammy Awards as one of the twenty best moments from the event.

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Watch the full Pre-Telecast ceremony here and see Virginia perform with Roomful of Teeth at 01:09:40.

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