Special Broadcast: Hear Roomful of Teeth’s Unique Concert At ‘The Tank’

September 15, 2017
Photo: The Tank light string
A string of lights surrounds the audience outside The Tank during a performance by vocal group Roomful of Teeth. 

Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth headed to the northwest corner of Colorado this summer to perform at an unusual venue. 

As CPR News recently reported, "The Tank" is a 60-foot-tall, metal storage unit on a hilltop outside Rangely that boasts freakishly great acoustics inside. The singers in Roomful of Teeth recorded their entire performance there on an evening in June. CPR Classical will broadcast the one-of-a-kind concert on a special edition of Music Forward, our weekly show exploring contemporary classical music.

Hear the performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, or 7 p.m Sunday, Sept. 24. 

Photo: The Tank Roomful of Teeth rehearse
The nine members of Roomful of Teeth rehearse and record inside The Tank in Rangely, Colo.

The performance included music by composers Michael Harrison, Jessica Meyer, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus, and others. 

Roomful of Teeth's visit to The Tank marked a milestone for the unique venue. The Tank's supporters raised thousands of dollars in recent years to convert it to a performance venue and recording studio. 

The vocal group spent several days in Rangely rehearsing and making recordings. For a taste of the unusual sound inside The Tank, check out this rehearsal audio of Judah Adashi's "My Heart Comes Undone, recorded during a rainstorm. Raindrops pelt The Tank's metal walls, creating swells of white noise that blend with the singing.

Or watch footage of the group singing music by Shaw and Ted Hearne in the CPR Performance Studio: