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Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble founded in 2009 by Brad Wells. Its stated mission is to "mine the expressive potential of the human voice". Through study with masters from non-classical traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning project, invites composers to create a new repertoire without borders; the ensemble gathers annually at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, where they have studied Tuvan throat singing, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean p’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers of the styles. Commissioned composers include Elena Ruehr, Christine Southworth & Evan Ziporyn, Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus, William Brittelle, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, Sam Amidon, Michael Harrison, Ted Hearne and 2015 Pulitzer Prize recipient Julia Wolfe.

Roomful of Teeth has performed at Merkin Hall, Poisson Rouge, Town Hall and Carlsbad Music Festival, Fusebox Festival, MIT Sounding, Lincoln Center among others. The group leads vocal technique workshops, master classes, improv-based workshops and concerts at colleges, elementary schools, high schools and community centers across the country. In August 2014, Roomful of Teeth was spotlighted at the International Federation for Choral Music symposium in Seoul, Korea; the project’s debut album, Roomful of Teeth, was released in 2012 and nominated in three categories for the 2014 56th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best Engineer for Classical Album, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The album subsequently received a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. In April 2013, ensemble member Caroline Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Partita for 8 Voices, the four movements of which appear on the group’s debut album.

An iTunes exclusive EP of Partita was subsequently released and ranked no. 1 on iTunes Classical charts. Roomful of Teeth’s second full-length recording, was released April 2015, featuring works by Wally Gunn, Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, ensemble tenor Eric Dudley and artistic director Brad Wells. Roomful of Teeth was one of the featured ensembles at the 2016 Ojai Music Festival. In October 2019, Roomful of Teeth was the subject of a controversy on Instagram and Twitter when several performers of katajjaq, including Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, accused Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth of having engaged in cultural appropriation and exoticism for their use of throat singing without sufficiently crediting or compensating the creators of that intellectual property, in particular in regards to the ensemble's signature work, Partita for 8 Voices; as a result of this criticism, the ensemble agreed to make a number of changes in how they approached source materials including more prominently crediting teachers and coaches, reading a source acknowledgment statement before performances, exploring other ways to support the work of indigenous musicians.

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Anna Harrison (netball player)

Anna Maree Harrison is a New Zealand netball and beach volleyball player. She stands at 1.87 m. In netball Harrison plays as goal-defence and/or wing-defence. Anna Maree used to play netball and basketball in winter and played beach and indoor volleyball during summer when she was in a boarding high school, she was raised in Karamea on the South Island's west coast and in 2002 joined the New Zealand national netball team, the Silver Ferns, travelling to the Commonwealth Games with the team as a training player. She went on to earn 39 caps in the Silver Ferns by the end of 2006, but was not selected for the 2007 World Netball Championships squad, subsequently retiring from netball to focus on beach volleyball, partnering with Susan Blundell. After several years on the international beach volleyball circuit, Harrison left the sport in 2010 and announced her intention to return to netball, she signed with the Northern Mystics for the 2011 season of the ANZ Championship, regained her place in the Silver Ferns lineup for 2010.

She made the team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she was used in the Wing Defence position throughout the pool games. She was not named in the starting line-up for the final, but was injected into the game at half time, in the unfamiliar WD position, helped to turn around the deficit and win the gold medal. During the 2012 ANZ Championship season, Anna was married to sports scientist Craig Harrison, she made the Silver Ferns again in 2012, was used in WD, to cover the loss of Joline Henry. In the 2012 ANZ Championships, Harrison was lifted up by her teammate in order to block a shot above the rim, during the round 8 match against the Melbourne Vixens, it was pulled off two more times in the game. The controversial move was dubbed the'Harrison Hoist' by the media, attracted a massive response from fans and casual netball followers, many believing the move should be banned, she has performed this move several times since, including on the international scene. In February 2013, Harrison announced that she was three months pregnant and did not take part in the 2013 ANZ Championship.

On 1 September 2013, Anna gave birth to her and Craig's first child, a son, Isaac and in 2015 gave birth to a daughter, Georgia. Harrison announced her retirement in 2018, was the pioneer of the Harrison Hoist, similar to the line-out maneuvre in rugby union, the move is used to hoist her up above the rim to block shots, as there are no goaltending rules in netball, as it would in basketball, block shots are not a statistical category in netball. 2011 Silver Ferns profile 2011 ANZ Championship profile