Caroline Shaw


Attacca Quartet / Caroline Shaw, 'First Essay (Nimrod)'

Have you ever fallen through a musical trap door? This piece contains a few of them, along with other compositional entanglements, according to its composer, the Pulitzer-winning Caroline Shaw. Part of her inspiration, she says in the notes to her forthcoming album of string quartet music, is the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, where God scattered the peoples and confused their languages.
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Who is Caroline Shaw?

Caroline Shaw is an American composer, singer and violinist , who, at 30, became the youngest ever musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music (in 2013) for her a cappella piece Partita for 8 Voices. When and where was she born?. Shaw was born on 1 August 1982 in...

This Saturday, June 18, Yo-Yo Ma & The Knights Kick Off Full Summer at Caramoor; Other Highlights Include Bill Barclay’s The Chevalier, J’Nai Bridges, Stephanie Blythe, Caroline Shaw, Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens, William Christie and Much More (June 18–Aug 19)

Clockwise from top left: J’Nai Bridges, Yo-Yo Ma, Matthew Whitaker, Kronos Quartet, Shemekia Copeland, Angelique Kidjo, Silkroad Ensemble, Dawn Upshaw. (June 2022)— Caramoor’s 2022 summer season kicks off this Saturday, June 18 with an Opening Night Gala featuring incomparable cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his frequent collaborators The Knights, the trailblazing, Grammy-nominated orchestral collective conducted by Eric Jacobsen. Marking the cellist’s first return to Caramoor since 2016, the concert showcases Ma and violinist Colin Jacobsen in Brahms’s Concerto for Violin and Cello, alongside music by Bernstein, Kodály and Joplin, as well as an arrangement of the big band-era classic The Big Noise From Winnetka. This launches a full summer of world-class music that spans a broad spectrum of genres (June 18–Aug 19). With performers and composers representing a vast array of backgrounds and lived experiences, Caramoor’s summer spotlights many whom systemic forces have historically suppressed, and focuses on music as a collective cultural heritage for the entire world. Read Caramoor’s full season announcement here.

“Are you still there?” Caroline Shaw at Willamette University

An evening of music (February 2) at Willamette University celebrated the evocative music of Caroline Shaw. The concert–the culmination of Shaw’s residency at the university–featured a number of her works in varying formations for piano, voice, choir, and string ensemble. Students, faculty, and professionals unaffiliated with the campus participated with verve, creating a memorable event for the audience at Hudson Hall and those watching the livestream.

Perpetual Motion Machine: Eva LeWitt ’07 Collaborates with Justin Peck and Caroline Shaw on Partita, a New Work for the New York City Ballet

Translating Caroline Shaw’s “Partita for 8 Voices” for the stage, Justin Peck collaborated with Shaw and Eva LeWitt ’07 to create Partita, a new ballet for the New York City Ballet. While developing Partita, Peck discovered Sol LeWitt, Eva’s father, was an inspiration for the original score, which led him to her work, which he described as having “a dimensionality and theatricality” integral to this new adaptation. For LeWitt, the ballet spoke to her sense of her own work, especially her use of gravity. “That’s so linked to dance, to humans moving through space, and to the voice too,” LeWitt says. “Those gravitational universes are important to all our art forms.” Partita, performed by eight dancers in sneakers, featured set design by LeWitt, whose “vibrantly colored hanging fabric sets” served as the backdrop for the ballet when it premiered January 27, 2022.
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Caroline Shaw to host concert at Willamette

Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music, is visiting Willamette University on Feb. 2. As part of the university’s Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series (DAS), which draws renowned musicians to interact and perform with students in Salem, Shaw is hosting a public concert that includes a world premiere work at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall.

Willamette University: Caroline Shaw

Willamette University’s Roger’s Music Center and the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series brings Pulitzer Award winning composer Caroline Shaw to Willamette University campus for a small residency starting January 31, with this concluding concert on February 2, 2022. Included in the concert will be a world premiere by...

With a delightful Caroline Shaw premiere, the Miró Quartet heralds a joyous return of live music to Shriver Hall

It was a time for celebration and thanksgiving when the Miró Quartet took the stage at Shriver Hall Sunday evening. The event was the first live concert at the venue, on the campus of Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, in 617 days. Like most presenters the series weathered the coronavirus pandemic with streaming concerts, but now it welcomed back listeners to its renovated hall, completed in 2019 to the tune of $14 million.

Shriver Hall Concert Series Presents The Miró Quartet in World Premiere by Caroline Shaw

Shriver Hall Concert Series Presents The Miró Quartet in Mozart,. Beethoven, and a World Premiere by Caroline Shaw – November 14. In-Person Season Offers Livestream Option to all Ticket Holders. “Explosive vigor and technical finesse” – The New York Times. | Baltimore, MD (October 5, 2021) — Shriver...

Sept. 24: Sono Luminus Releases Cellist Hannah Collins’ Resonance Lines - Music by Colombi, Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, Britten, & Thomas Kotcheff

Music for Solo Cello by Colombi, Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, Britten, and Thomas Kotcheff. Pre-Order Now: Sono Luminus announces the September 24, 2021 release of Resonance Lines from cellist Hannah Collins. Making her label debut with this album, Collins created a tribute to people with whom she has had inspiring interpersonal connections, celebrating the rich collaborative worlds that lead to these works which are performed alone. The album features music by composers from the Baroque to the 21st century: Giuseppe Colombi, Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, Benjamin Britten, and a world premiere recording by Thomas Kotcheff.

Caroline Shaw: Let the Soil Play its Simple Part

Caroline Shaw seems to sprinkle a special kind of magic across every project she embarks on. This latest venture with Sō Percussion is every bit as vivid and colourful as the acclaimed Narrow Sea released earlier this year. While Let the Soil Play its Simple Part is in one sense a ‘solo album’ (Shaw’s radiant vocals are heard throughout), it is also an experiment in deep collaboration: ‘The prompt for all of us was: What would we make in the room together with no one person in charge, like a band writes in the studio?’ The result is a glorious, genre-defying disc by turns poignant, celebratory, complex and direct.

Caroline Shaw Is Not Here To Save Classical Music

When the Pulitzer-winning composer Caroline Shaw wants a snack, she soft-boils an egg. She knows that six minutes and 15 seconds leads to the ideal texture — a jammy yolk, with a chalky outer edge and a flowing center. But her ritual for the past few years has been to surrender the process to music, letting whatever she's listening to that day dictate the precise cook time. She documents her research on Instagram, archiving each test in a collection titled "eggtime": A screenshot of a piece of music around six minutes long, like a movement from an Alban Berg string quartet or a song by the band Japanese Breakfast, will precede a picture of the finished egg, annotated with her notes on texture. (After testing a Beethoven piano sonata movement played by Mitsuko Uchida: "Mitsuko's cadences are on the safe side for salmonella.")