Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part: Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion

Caroline Shaw wears a brown jumpsuit and sings into a microphone with her eyes closed, on a darkly lit stage.
Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part: Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion, Tang Teaching Museum, September 23, 2022, photo by Cindy Schultz

Join us on Friday, September 23, at 7:30 pm, for a performance by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musician Caroline Shaw and GRAMMY Award-winning percussion ensemble Sō Percussion. The musicians will perform work from their 2021 album Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, released by Nonesuch Records.

This performance is co-organized by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and the Tang Teaching Museum. Generous support for the program was provided by Dexter and Deborah Senft.

This concert is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Listen to the album.

About the Artists

Caroline Shaw is a musician who moves among roles, genres, and mediums, trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before but has always existed. She is the recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, several Grammy awards, an honorary doctorate from Yale, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She has worked with a range of artists including Rosalía, Renée Fleming, Yo Yo Ma, and Kanye West, and she has contributed music to films and tv series including Bombshell, Yellowjackets, Maid, Dark, and Beyonce’s Homecoming. Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite smell is rosemary.

For twenty years and counting, Sō Percussion (Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting) has redefined chamber music for the 21st century through an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker). They are celebrated by audiences and presenters for a dazzling range of work: for live performances in which “telepathic powers of communication” (The New York Times) bring to life the vibrant percussion repertoire; for an extravagant array of collaborations in classical music, pop, indie rock, contemporary dance, and theater; and for their work in education and community, creating opportunities and platforms for music and artists that explore the immense possibility of art in our time.

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