Vancouver was treated to an exceptional gift this evening. Roomful Of Teeth performed a set of a cappella music almost completely unlike anything else you’ve ever heard before.
Billed as a project, “dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice”, a major part of their mandate is to study non-western singing traditions and explore the possibilities therein through an ongoing commissioning process. An annual sequestration in an illegal choral music laboratory finds the group receiving instruction in a variety of vocal tradition from Tuvan throat singing, to Korean P’ansori, to Persian classical singing, to straight up yodeling. Commissioned composers then have access to an exceptionally wild palette of colors for their maniacal schemes.