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Roomful of Teeth, Pamela Z & The Living Earth Show: This Impossible Building


  • Archive, Work-in-Progress: Live Music

  • Thursday, August 17, 2023
  • $25 Advance,
    $35 Day of
    $55 Preferred
    Free Kids 5 and Under
  • Hunter Center

Grammy-winning vocal titans Roomful of Teeth return to their summer home at MASS MoCA to create new works and hone techniques. Roomful of Teeth will be in residence for a week with special guests — composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z and San Francisco-based electric guitar/percussion duo The Living Earth Show — culminating in a knock-out work-in-progress performance of This Impossible Building.

This Impossible Building is an evening-length multi-media work for soloist, vocal octet, guitar, and percussion. Using live sampling, gesture control, and images of (impossible and possible) spaces, the all-star cast of musicians create, demolish, and renovate sonic and visual worlds within This Impossible Building. With her signature approach to her compositional practice, Z incorporates speech fragments—taken from interviews with architects, dwellers, workers, and the ensemble members themselves—as sonic building blocks for the harmonic and melodic motifs and the structural foundation of the piece.

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  • This performance will take place inside MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Masks are required during the performance, except while eating and drinking.
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If you’re seeking a bite, check out restaurants in downtown North Adams, or find a nosh right here on campus: BIGGDADDY’s Philly Steak House, Bright Ideas Brewing, Casita, or Lickety Split Café. A full bar serves Bright Idea Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits.

Image courtesy of Anja Schütz