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Thursday, January 23, 2025 7:30 PM // Rackham Auditorium

Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane

Performance
 

Both Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane are respected as performers and contemporary composers whose work exists at the intersection of art and social practice.

Now, the two embark on their first large-scale collaboration after working together for more than a decade.

This new work, co-commissioned by UMS, is inspired by the magical realism of Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges’s 1939 short story, “The Library of Babel.” In this enigmatic narrative, Borges conjures a captivating and perplexing universe where the notion of infinity collides with the fragility of human understanding. Randomly arranged books, each containing exactly 410 pages, fill the Library of Babel’s infinite expanse of interlocking hexagonal rooms, encompassing all knowledge that currently exists or may exist in the future while paradoxically offering no true enlightenment. Shaw and Kahane invite audiences to contemplate the joy, grief, wonder, and bewilderment that spring from a life oversaturated in information.

PROGRAM

Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane The Library of Babel (UMS Co-Commission)
Additional works to be announced

Meet the Artists

Caroline Shaw
Caroline Shaw
Gabriel Kahane

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Order 2024/25 Season Tickets

Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane
Rackham Auditorium
Season Ticket packages now available
Individual event tickets on sale Aug 1

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Thursday, January 23, 2025 7:30 PM
Rackham Auditorium

Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane

Performance
Order 2024/25 Season Tickets
Season Ticket packages now available
Individual event tickets on sale Aug 1

Both Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane are respected as performers and contemporary composers whose work exists at the intersection of art and social practice.

Now, the two embark on their first large-scale collaboration after working together for more than a decade.

This new work, co-commissioned by UMS, is inspired by the magical realism of Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges’s 1939 short story, “The Library of Babel.” In this enigmatic narrative, Borges conjures a captivating and perplexing universe where the notion of infinity collides with the fragility of human understanding. Randomly arranged books, each containing exactly 410 pages, fill the Library of Babel’s infinite expanse of interlocking hexagonal rooms, encompassing all knowledge that currently exists or may exist in the future while paradoxically offering no true enlightenment. Shaw and Kahane invite audiences to contemplate the joy, grief, wonder, and bewilderment that spring from a life oversaturated in information.

PROGRAM (Thu 1/23/2025: Rackham Auditorium)

Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane The Library of Babel (UMS Co-Commission)
Additional works to be announced

Meet the Artists

Caroline Shaw
Caroline Shaw
Gabriel Kahane

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PERMANENTLY ENDOWED SUPPORT

  • Helmut F. and Candis J. Stern Endowment Fund

Buy Tickets

Caroline Shaw and Gabriel Kahane
Rackham Auditorium
Season Ticket packages now available
Individual event tickets on sale Aug 1

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Order 2024/25 Season Tickets

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Caroline Shaw
Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw is a musician who moves among roles, genres, and mediums, trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before but has always existed. She works often in collaboration with others, as producer, composer, violinist, and vocalist. Caroline is the recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, several Grammy awards, an honorary doctorate from Yale, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

Learn more at carolineshaw.com

Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane is a musician and storyteller whose work increasingly exists at the intersection of art and social practice. Hailed as “one of the finest songwriters of the day” by The New Yorker, he is known to haunt basement rock clubs and august concert halls alike, where you’ll likely find him in the green room, double-fisting coffee and a book.

Learn more at gabrielkahane.tumblr.com