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Southern Exposure music series welcomes Roomful of Teeth

The Grammy-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth will perform at the next Southern Exposure New Music Series at USC.
The Grammy-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth will perform at the next Southern Exposure New Music Series at USC.

The next Southern Exposure New Music Series at the University of South Carolina will take place at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Johnson Hall. The free event will feature Grammy-winning octet Roomful of Teeth, with Pulitzer-winning composer/singer Caroline Shaw.

The Grammy-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, “dedicated to the expressive potential of the human voice,” was founded in 2009. Since then they’ve taken the performing world by storm, incorporating contemporary and non-Western singing techniques into riveting performances and helping create an entirely new vocal repertoire without borders dictated by genre or singing traditions.

Their program highlights the group’s stylistic and vocal range, and takes inspiration from a smorgasbord of traditions, including American folk song, yodeling, throat singing, and Sardinian overtone singing. Its centerpiece is the masterful Partita, by composer and group member Caroline Shaw, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 (making Shaw the award’s youngest recipient).

The concert will also feature visual art by Columbia-based painter Sarah Winstead, also on display at the University of South Carolina Music Library, during the weeks surrounding the concert.

The Southern Exposure program kicks off the College Music Society 2019 Summit, hosted by USC, the topic of which is 21st Century Music School Design. The concert will include a built-in Q&A session with Shaw, artistic director Brad Wells, and the other members of the ensemble.

If you go

Southern Exposure New Music Series

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17

Where: Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Green St.

Cost: Free

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