She sings, plays the violin, composes and works as a producer: Caroline Shaw lives and breathes music. The Pulitzer prizewinner has worked together with rapper Kanye West; she has written film soundtracks and orchestral and chamber music for stars like Renée Fleming and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, only to join forces the next minute with indie rock band The National. In her Elbphilharmonie Talk she talks about experiencing nature in a city, about what her own roots mean and the deep declaration of belief contained in her album »Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part« with the percussion quartet Sō Percussion.
»Caroline Shaw sees the divine in ordinary things. The power inherent in a hymn written 300 years ago. A pop song heard on the radio. If we switch to the right wavelength, Shaw says, than we are part of it.«
Allison Hussey (Pitchfork), 2021