Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw has announced a new album: Narrow Sea is out January 22 via Nonesuch. She wrote the title composition for Sō Percussion, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and pianist Gilbert Kalish in 2017. The record also includes Taxidermy, which Shaw composed for Sō Percussion in 2012. Below, watch Upshaw, Kalish, and Sō Percussion perform the second part of Narrow Sea.
In a statement, Shaw explained, “All of the texts used in the piece share two features: Each refers to water in some way (the river Jordan, swelling flood, narrow sea—images of what lies between this world and the next), and each has a sense of joy in looking to heaven (crossing over, going home).” She also said:
Narrow Sea follows Orange, Caroline Shaw’s 2019 album performed by the Attacca Quartet. The album earned Shaw and the quartet the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.