Sō with Caroline Shaw at the University of California, Berkeley

April 20, 20237:30pm

The group’s second concert features Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw as guest vocalist, in the West Coast premiere of a luminous new set of 10 songs Shaw co-composed with the members of the quartet. Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, an exploration of soil cultivation as a metaphor for creativity and collaboration, exploits Shaw’s remarkable ear for melody and harmony and Sō’s playful sense of rhythmic invention. The artists draw inspiration from James Joyce, ABBA, American roots music, plainchant, Christian hymns, and stories from the Old Testament. “Whether inverting an old song or sculpting a whirlwind from dust, Shaw’s work highlights the divine in the ordinary” (Pitchfork).