[ in the press ]

Feast of Music: Conversation with Roomful of Teeth’s Brad Wells ’05 DMA

Feast of Music
By Peter Matthews

RoomfulofTeethIt’s been an exciting year for contemporary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, whose debut album (New Amsterdam) — including Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices — is up for three GRAMMY Awards this month, including Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. I had the chance to sit down a couple of weeks ago with Roomful of Teeth’s Founder and Director, Brad Wells, to talk about the group’s working methods and influences and why they’re not “a &$%ing choir!” (Note: Roomful of Teeth will be performing as part of the upcoming Winter Jazzfest at Judson Memorial Church next Friday, January 10 at 945 p.m. Tickets and info here.)

On Starting Roomful of Teeth: There were these hard lines that had been drawn between classical voice pedagogy and everything else. The mentality was: keep everything else out, because everything else is an inferior use of the voice. But, thinking about how long people have been using their voice in different parts of the world, how could those other techniques be wrong?  MORE

Published January 6, 2014
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Review: “Sixteen Sunsets” by Jane Ira Bloom ’76BA, ’77MM

The Buffalo News
By Jeff Simon

Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets
Review: Four stars

You can’t beat the timing. One of the very best jazz records of the year came out just before 2013 was about to become a memory.

Not only is this one of the best jazz discs of the year, it’s, without doubt, one of the most beautiful records soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has ever made in a recording life that has been replete with the sublime. MORE

Published January 6, 2014
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[ student announcements ]

New course added for spring semester

A new course for the spring term has just been added to the schedule. It is:

MUS 578 1 (24670)
Music and Civil Society: Exploring Possibilities
Sebastian Ruth
M 7.00-8.50p
Spring 2014

The question of relevance plagues arts organizations in the beginning of the 21st century. With changing expectations about how and where the public accesses the arts, arts organizations are reassessing how they do business, and for whom. Meanwhile, artists have long been credited for having meaningful impacts on society. In this class, we will explore three lines of inquiry to understand the potential role the arts can play in building civil society: philosophy of aesthetics, history of social / political arts movements, and education as a strategy for positive change. We will also study examples of musical institutions whose missions are directly related to building civil society.

Students: If you have already handed in your registration form, you will need to fill out an add/drop form and bring it to the Registrar’s Office. Be sure to have it signed by your advisor.


Published January 6, 2014
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