On February 25, 2012, Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival brought together experimental pop artist Glasser and progressive vocal octet Roomful of Teeth for an evening of experimentation and collaboration.
The music of Glasser, a.k.a. Cameron Mesirow, blends acoustic and electronic layers for a sound that occasionally recalls fellow pop experimentalists Björk and Bat for Lashes. Glasser's music falls somewhere between ethereal, 80's-style dance music, sleek pop and off-kilter indie rock. New-music vocal octet Roomful of Teeth draws from a toolkit of techniques that range from contemporary classical singing and pop stylings to Inuit throat singing, Korean p’ansori and yodeling. The ensemble's debut album will be released on New Amsterdam Records in 2012.
In the spirit of the Ecstatic Music Festival, Saturday's performance was full of unexpected surprises. In addition to a set of brand new-music composed by (and performed with) Glasser, Roomful of Teeth delivered works by Judd Greenstein, Merrill Garbus (better known as tUnE-yArDs), Sarah Kirkland Snider, Rinde Eckert and Roomful's own Caroline Shaw.