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An Avant-Garde That’s Easy to Love: NY Mag on Caroline Shaw

carolineshaw2New York Magazine
By Justin Davidson

Last month, David Byrne ­worried in the Guardian that New York has grown so homogeneously prosperous, so deprived of dilapidated apartments, that its creative wells might soon run dry. He has a point: It’s gotten harder to arrive with almost nothing and live on less. But the drought in young ­talent would be news to Caroline Shaw, a 31-year-old choral singer, freelance ­violinist, and occasional filmmaker who in her spare time cooked up a piece of music that won a Pulitzer Prize. The vocal group she sings in, Roomful of Teeth, used that piece, Partita for Eight Voices, as the anchor for a concert last week at (Le) Poisson Rouge, where the room was packed, awed, and full of fellow composers. You couldn’t have invented a better refutation of Byrne’s pessimism. MORE

Published November 10, 2013
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