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Sound and the fury

Vocal band uses spoken word, harmony to build musical ideas

Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform next Thursday, March 9, at the University of North Texas.

The 8 p.m. concert is in Winspear Performance Hall at UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard.

Known for incorporating indigenous vocal techniques from around the world into their unique harmonies, Roomful of Teeth's eight members often characterizes their group as a "vocal band." The group is serving as the College of Music's artist-in-residence for 2016-17.

The ensemble won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance in 2013 for its debut album, Roomful of Teeth, and member Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for her composition Partita for 8 Voices.

UNT alumnus Cameron Beauchamp is in the ensemble, and Thann Scoggin, who earned his bachelor's in performance in 2004 and master's degree in library science at UNT in 2007, will also perform with the ensemble.

A performance of Shaw's Partita is online at The 24-minute piece is performed a cappella, incorporating spoken phrases and harmonies.

Tickets cost $10 for guests and $8 for UNT faculty, staff and Alumni Association members. Free tickets are available for UNT students. To purchase tickets, call 940-369-7802 or visit Students can pick up free tickets at the Murchison center's box office.