Roomful of Teeth


[posted by BR; apologies for the somewhat tangential nature of this post]


Roomful of Teeth is an exciting new vocal ensemble (founded and directed by my friend, and the choral director at Williams College, Brad Wells) that will perform publicly for the first time this Friday, June 26, at Mass MoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts. If you happen to be in the area, come check them out!

What Roomful of Teeth does is not directly related to either ordinary language philosophy or literary studies, but the ensemble was conceived by Brad as a way of artistically exploring the meaning and powers of the singing human voice, and because the concept of “voice” is at the very heart of OLP (especially Cavell’s version of it), I thought some readers of this blog might be interested — indeed excited — to know about this potentially path-breaking aesthetic experiment with, and investigation of, the transformative powers of the human voice in song. The project has just gotten off the ground, and so it may be a little while before they perform at a venue near you, but this ensemble is definitely one to keep an eye on.

To find out more about the ensemble, check out their website. And here is a fundraising video in which Brad explains his vision for the project (the video includes brief, but stunning, audio clips of singing styles from around the world):

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