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The Britt Festival Orchestra’s 2021 Season Features a Unique Musical Experience-in-Motion – the World Premiere of Brush: Music in the Woodlands by Caroline Shaw (July 30-Aug 2)

Under the galvanizing leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, the 2021 summer season of the Britt Festival Orchestra (BFO) features the world premiere of Brush: Music in the Woodlands, a new work by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy-winning musician and composer Caroline Shaw, who served as Britt’s Composer/Conductor Fellow in 2019. This site-specific musical installation brings the countryside to life, with audience members walking along a 2.5-mile, eight-station loop on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail system above the Britt Pavilion, through groups of musicians spread along the trail. Six free performances of the work take place from July 30–Aug 2. Registration is required, available starting June 25, when the rest of the offerings for the 2021 BFO season will be announced. Throughout the summer, the orchestra also presents Soundwalk, another kind of musical installation by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Reid. Using a phone app and headphones, audience members will explore Jacksonville, Oregon to discover music selections around the town (July 1–Oct 15).

Caroline Shaw: Watermark

In printing and publishing, a watermark is a faint design in paper that's used to identify the time and place the paper came from. Composer Caroline Shaw had a poetic version of that idea and composed a piece that references a Beethoven piano concerto. On today's show, hear Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra play Watermark, by Caroline Shaw.
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Attacca Quartet, Caroline Shaw team up for intimate program at the Phillips

On Sunday the Phillips Collection streamed the latest installment of its virtual concert series, recorded in the music room. It was almost like being back in the music room of the house once owned by Duncan Phillips. With Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party to their left and Degas’s Dancers at the Barre to their right, the Attacca Quartet surveyed music of Caroline Shaw for string quartet, with the composer herself serving as vocalist.

Opera Philadelphia presents Caroline Shaw and Anne Carson’s ‘We Need to Talk’

The highly lauded composer Caroline Shaw is artistically outgoing and musically embracing, often taking the myriad bombarding influences we might ignore, and making music from them. The highly lauded poet Anne Carson is a classicist, steeped in Greek drama and ancient references, whose inward-facing, highly personal look at the world results in poems redolent with mystery. But both artists are known for their genre-crossing work, and the two women found mutually fertile creative ground in We Need to Talk, the fourth and final offering in Opera Philadelphia’s exciting spring 2021 season of digital commissions.
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Extra Eclectic: Caroline Shaw leads a new generation of women composers

Do you remember the two "golden records" sent along with the Voyager spacecraft launched by NASA in 1977 - records that contained the "sounds of planet Earth?" It was a fanciful but hopeful notion, that intelligent extraterrestrials might someday find one of the records, figure out how to play it, and learn a little about humankind in the process.
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Can Caroline Shaw Make Classical Cool?

This article was published online on February 13, 2021. A few months before the coronavirus pandemic made even the smallest gatherings seem quaint, the composer Caroline Shaw asked her audience at the Kings Place concert hall, in London, to hum in B-flat while she sang from the stage, accompanied by the strings of Attacca Quartet. This was not a typical classical concert. For much of it, Shaw sat atop a barstool, either singing or introducing her works to the audience. After the intermission, she joined the quartet as second viola for a more conventional performance of a well-loved classic, Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2.

Caroline Shaw Dissects Shape-Note Hymns, Water, and Heaven on 'Narrow Sea'

Caroline Shaw is a composer whose approach redefines the term "multifaceted". The North Carolina native received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for her Partita for 8 Voices (the youngest recipient of that Pulitzer category, at age 30). She composed the soundtrack for the film Madeline's Madeline, collaborated with Kanye West, Nas, The National, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire. Shaw has also had works commissioned by – among others – the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
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Caroline Shaw: what next for the Pulitzer-winner who toured with Kanye? Opera – and Abba

When Caroline Shaw became, at the age of 30, the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer prize for music, she described herself as “a musician who wrote music” rather than as “a composer”. Partita, her winning score, is a joyful rollercoaster of a work, encompassing song, speech and virtually every vocal technique you can imagine. It was written for Shaw’s own group, Roomful of Teeth.

Music to my Ears: Composer Caroline Shaw

Get 2 years for the price of 1 when you subscribe to BBC Music Magazine today!. In this week’s episode of the Music to my Ears podcast, we talk to the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, violinist and producer Caroline Shaw about the music that underscores her day-to-day life and how she balances the various facets of her fascinating career. Orange, her album of string quartets recorded and performed by the Attacca Quartet, was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award earlier this year.
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Few common experiences are as frightening and disorienting as getting taken out by an ocean wave. It starts with the surprise of lost footing, the sudden weightlessness followed by the panic of trying to find breath and bearings. Elbows, knees, and knuckles scrape against sand and craggy detritus as you attempt to right yourself, hoping to beat nature’s clock before another salty sheet crashes upon your head. Emerging intact can feel like a bewildering victory.
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7 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Palberta, Caroline Shaw, and More

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums, projects, and EPs from Palberta, Caroline Shaw, Logic1000, Peewee Longway and Cassius Jay, Mason Lindahl, Lande Hekt, and Asphyx. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

Caroline Shaw Offers Her Own Spin on Folk Tradition

While waiting out the COVID-19-forced halt to live music, multitalented Caroline Shaw slowed down the pace of her composing — or so she said in an interview with CapRadio in Sacramento. But there is always stuff in reserve to put out, and so out comes an EP-length CD of Shaw compositions for Sō Percussion called Narrow Sea (Nonesuch), featuring two top-rank performers familiar to longtime Nonesuch consumers — soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Gilbert Kalish.
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River Town Duo Releases Debut Album Featuring Original Works by Six Contemporary Composers Including Pulitzer Prize-Winning Caroline Shaw

Label: Furious Artisans (#6824) Performers: River Town Duo: Philip Alejo (double bass) and Claire Happel Ashe (harp) Composers: Caroline Shaw (b.1982), Whitney Ashe (b.1971), Derick Evans (b.1991), Hannah Lash (b.1981), Evan Premo (b.1985), Stephen Andrew Taylor (b.1965) Works: 1. For Claire & Philip (2014) by Caroline Shaw, 2. The Circuitous...