Sō Percussion with Caroline Shaw
Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part
Works by Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion, Eric Cha-Beach, Angélica Negrón and Nathalie Joachim
Sō Percussion offers an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” The New Yorker
“Whether inverting an old song or sculpting a whirlwind from dust, Shaw’s work highlights the divine in the ordinary.” Pitchfork
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and vocalist Caroline Shaw joins Sō Percussion for a concert featuring work she co-composed with the members of the group, plus an opening set of pieces by a trio of young contemporaries: Eric Cha-Beach, Angélica Negrón and Nathalie Joachim. In the second half of the program, Shaw and Sō will perform Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, a suite in 10 sections that explores soil cultivation as a metaphor for creativity and collaboration. Taking inspiration from James Joyce, ABBA, American roots music, plainchant, Christian hymns and stories from the Hebrew Bible, Sō Percussion and Caroline Shaw dissolve the boundaries between classical and pop.
Presented in association with UCSB Department of Music