An American Icon on Public Radio International’s STUDIO 360
“53 years ago this week, ‘96 Tears‘ by ? and The Mysterians rose to #1 on the pop charts. This week on Studio 360, the roots of American punk are traced back to Detroit in this brand new American Icons piece produced by Jocelyn Gonzales and Pedro Rafael Rosado, with Rob St. Mary, Ralph Valdez, Mary Cobra, New York Times’ Jon Pareles, and help from Patrick Grant and WDET 101.9FM.” (27 min.)
Composer/producer Patrick Grant / sTRANGE Music contributed distinctive musical mixes to this week’s episode of Studio 360 with tracks performed by ROOMFUL OF TEETH. This episode includes musical selections composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Rinde Eckert, and more. Listen online, download as podcast, or find it on a public radio station near you.
Roomful of Teeth is a cutting-edge, eight-person vocal ensemble that commissions and performs music of all sorts of genres and techniques from all over the world. They’ve studied yodeling, Tuvan throat singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Korean pansori, etc.
“We study with masters from these other singing traditions and get some degree of comfort and flexibility from those interactions,” explains founder and director Brad Wells. “And then the commissioned composers observe that process, hear what the singers are capable of and then explore, ‘Given these possibilities what might I create?’”