Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth.
Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, Jonathan Biss with the Seattle Symphony, the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, the Dover Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Roomful of Teeth, and A Far Cry.
She is currently developing an evening-length performance installation with choreographer Vanessa Goodman, through residencies at Banff, Leña, and Montreal CCOV. Shaw’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline as well as the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR). Once she got to sing in three part harmony with Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center, and that was pretty much the bees’ knees and elbows. Shaw studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. Shaw loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.
Shaw makes a pair of performances at Big Ears: first, a presentation of Let The Soil Play Its Simple Part, her new evening-length collaboration with Sō Percussion, and a solo concert featuring Shaw’s captivating voice and violin.