for 8 voices
Roomful of Teeth
2009-2012 | Mass MoCA
UPDATE 4/20/13: new EP just released on iTunes
Caroline Shaw: Partita for 8 Voices
Here’s the premiere of Passacaglia up at Mass MoCA in 2009. (This was our first time ever performing together as Roomful of Teeth. A little bit o’ magic that night…)
Partita is a simple piece. Born of a love of surface and structure, of the human voice, of dancing and tired ligaments, of music, and of our basic desire to draw a line from one point to another.
It was written with and for my dear friends in Roomful of Teeth. Inspired by Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 305.
The four pieces of Partita were written for the innovative vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and premiered individually from 2009-2011, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA. Additional performances of selections from the set have occured at Merkin Hall, the Lincoln Center Atrium, Williams College, Principia College, and Philadelphia University. Live concert recordings from 2010-2011 have been used for broadcast on WNYC, WQXR, WBUR, and WAMC, for a dance performance at Mass MoCA, and for a short film trailer. The four pieces were recorded by Roomful of Teeth and released together on the self-titled debut album Roomful of Teeth on October 30, 2012 (New Amsterdam Records). Jesse Lewis was the producer and engineer.