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Congrats to the 2016 Grammy Award Winners


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Whether or not you caught the glitz, the glam, and the shade-throwing acceptance speeches during the 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony broadcast last night, you still may have missed out on the jazz and classical awards presented earlier in the day. Stephen Paulus’s Prayers & Remembrances (from Paulus: Far In The Heavens – Reference Recordings) was awarded Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Eighth Blackbird picked up Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their album Filament (Cedille Records), and The Maria Schneider Orchestra’s The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare) won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Judith Sherman was once again recognized as Producer of the Year for her work in the classical genre, which included the recording Ask Your Mama, the winner of Best Engineered Classical Album (Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, and Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer – Avie Records). Best Musical Theater Album went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton (Atlantic).

For more on these categories and updates on all the awarded artists, see the Grammy website.

57th Annual Grammy Award Nominations Announced

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Sharpen your pencils, voting Recording Academy members. Nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today.

In the category of “Best Contemporary Classical Composition,” nods were given to John Luther Adams (Become Ocean), Anna Clyne (Prince of Clouds), George Crumb (Voices from the Heartland), Stephen Paulus (Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band), and Roberto Sierra (Sinfonía No. 4).

John Adams’s City Noir (St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, conductor) picked up a nomination in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category. In 27 Pieces – The Hilary Hahn Encores and Dreams & Prayers
(David Krakauer and A Far Cry) were nominated in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” category, as was Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge Records, Inc.) which was also nominated in the “Best Classical Compendium” category.

Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano, and Brad Mehldau were each recognized in the “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” category. Landmarks (Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band), Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio), Floating (Fred Hersch Trio), Enjoy The View (Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco featuring Billy Hart), and All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller (Jason Moran) were nominated for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album.” The L.A. Treasures Project (The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra), Life In The Bubble (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band), Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project (Rufus Reid), Live: I Hear The Sound (Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra), and OverTime: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) were nominated in the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category.

More on these and all the nominated recordings is available here. The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air February 8, 2015, on CBS.

And the Winner Is: 55th Annual Grammys Awarded

The artists crowded into the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night might have been dressed a little classier (well, maybe), but the televised portion of the 55th annual Grammy Awards only included a small portion of the winners. Here are a few classical, jazz, and composition awardees whose statuette pick-ups you might have missed. The full list—in case we missed your favorite category—is available here.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile – Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays
Stephen Hartke, composer (eighth blackbird)
Track from: Meanwhile
Label: Cedille Records

Best Instrumental Composition
Mozart Goes Dancing
Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
Track from: Hot House
Label: Concord Jazz

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
eighth blackbird
Label: Cedille Records

Best Orchestral Performance
Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
Label: SFS Media

Best Choral Performance
Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen
Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)
Label: Chandos

Best Instrumental Arrangement
“How About You”
Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)
Track from: Centennial – Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans
Label: ArtistShare

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
“City Of Roses”
Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)
Track from: Radio Music Society
Label: Heads Up International

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Hot House
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
Label: Concord Jazz

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding
Label: Heads Up International

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Unity Band
Pat Metheny Unity Band
Label: Nonesuch

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)
Arturo Sandoval
Label: Concord Jazz

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen
Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
Label: Chandos

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Blanton Alspaugh

Best Folk Album
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
Label: Sony Classical

Best Musical Theater Album
Once: A New Musical
Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists; Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast With Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti & Others)
Label: Masterworks

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
Label: Null/Madison Gate

2013 Grammy Nominations

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The Recording Academy has released the list of nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. When the awards are presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013, there will be winners in a total of 81 categories (down from 101 last year). Determined by the approximately 13,000 voting members of the Recording Academy, the awards will honor music issued on commercial recordings released between October 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012.

Nominations for Best Contemporary Classical Composition include Steven Stucky’s oratorio August 4, 1964, Tania León’s ballet score Inura, and Stephen Hartke’s Meanwhile (which was composed for and performed by eighth blackbird), plus the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara and Latvian composer Ugis Praulins’s The Nightingale. For Best Instrumental Composition, a separate category, nominees include Ansel Adams: America co-composed by the recently deceased Dave Brubeck and his son Chris Brubeck. Other nominees include Chick Corea, Chuck Loeb, Bill Holman, and Bill Cunliffe.

Corea has also been nominated in the categories Best Jazz Solo Improvisation and Best Jazz Instrumental Album, where two different albums of his (a disc of duets with vibraphonist Gary Burton and a trio disc with Eddie Gomez and the late Paul Motian) will compete against each other as well as with recordings by Ahmad Jamal, Pat Metheny, and Kenny Garrett. Nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album, a category that was originally going to be discontinued but was subsequently reinstated, include albums by pianist Chano Domínguez, the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band, and the Bobby Sanabria Big Band.

The eighth blackbird recording on which Hartke’s Meanwhile appears, which is also entitled Meanwhile and additionally includes works by Missy Mazzoli, Roshane Etezady, and Philip Glass, has been nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance as well, where it will compete with another disc devoted exclusively to recently composed works, the debut disc of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (also nominated for Best Surround Sound Album). Also nominated in this category is a collection of four-hand piano music (including works by Harold Shapero and Leonard Bernstein) performed by the Zofo Duet, the Modern Mandolin Quartet’s album Americana (which features transcriptions of music by Bernstein, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, and Philip Glass), and a disc by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players devoted to 20th-century French works. While the list of nominees for Best Orchestral Performance is, as per usual, dominated by standard repertoire fare, also included is a disc containing John Adams’s Harmonielehre and Short Ride In A Fast Machine performed by the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

The first-ever complete recording of maverick composer Harry Partch’s rambling diary with music, Bitter Music, was given a nod by the Grammys in the category Best Classical Compendium. (The other nominees are a Baroque collection and a disc of works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.) In the “Producer of the Year, Classical” category, it is notable to see that all five of this year’s nominees have at least one recording in their portfolio that features contemporary American music.

Up for Best Historical Album is The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys, an album which Frank J. Oteri examined at length for NewMusicBox last December. Journey was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, a first for a video game soundtrack. Composed by Austin Wintory, the game was reviewed by NewMusicBox in May.

A complete list of 2013 Grammy nominees is posted on the Recording Academy’s website.