No tickets required: please note the change in ticket policy for this concert. No tickets or reservations are necessary for entry.
Sō Percussion, Princeton University’s Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, perform a FREE concert that explores the incredible range of percussion instruments, with guest artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Princeton alumna Caroline Shaw and guest percussionist Ji Hye Jung. The second of two free concerts that the ensemble presents annually, this event will feature a new set of songs, Let the Soil Play its Simple Part, co-composed by Sō Percussion and Caroline Shaw. The program also features music by contemporary composers Wally Gunn, Roshanne Etezady, and Jason Treuting.
In 2013, composer, violinist, and singer Caroline Shaw became the youngest recipient ever of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, while she was pursuing a graduate degree in composition at Princeton University. Since that time, she has taken both the pop and classical music worlds by storm. Her latest collaboration with Sō Percussion touches upon a diverse array of influences – including James Joyce, American roots songs, and even the pop group ABBA. The thrill in this collaboration lies partly in the sense that each entity adds dimensions to the other’s music which revitalizes them both. Shaw gives voice and melody to the years of experimentation in rhythm, color, and complexity which defines Sō’s work over two decades and more than twenty albums. Sō opens a world of sonic possibilities and rhythmic virtuosity which dramatically expands Shaw’s palette beyond the vocal and string writing which she is best known for.
This performance is FREE, and no tickets are required to attend. General admission seating is first-come, first-served.
Sō Percussion and Caroline Shaw combine forces for a powerful project: a new original set of songs co-composed by Sō and Caroline. Sō's rhythmic invention and compositional experimentation, combined with Caroline's faultless ear for melody and harmony, make for a world of sonic richness that feels fresh and unique.