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Classical Sprouts: BONUS! Caroline Shaw

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Caroline Shaw released "Evergreen," a new album with Attacca Quartet, in September.

We have a special guest on this week's episode of Classical Sprouts - our producer Emily Duncan Wilson!

Emily is a big fan of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, and she recently got to attend an album release concert for Shaw's new album with Attacca Quartet, "Evergreen."

As Emily says, Shaw's music doesn't quite fit into one specific genre.

Shaw has written music for musicians from Yo-Yo Ma to Kanye West, and says she is "trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before but has always existed."

And Shaw's influences are as deep as they are broad - she often fuses musical techniques from different time periods.

"Evergreen," for example, includes a song whose lyrics are attributed to 12th century composer Gace Brulé.

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While Shaw doesn't confine her music to a certain genre, she does express clear intentions for her listeners' experiences with her works.

“I hope that listening to this record is like walking through the forest floor from an ant’s perspective, looking up at the surrounding moss, water, and wood in all its patient, nourishing, strange complexity," Shaw says, referring to "Evergreen."

Listen to this week's bonus episode of Classical Sprouts to learn about Emily's experience at the "Evergreen" release concert and hear clips from the event!

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Classical Sprouts is produced by Emily Duncan Wilson. Kacie Brown is the digital content manager.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.
Emily Duncan Wilson produces the Classical Sprouts podcast.