|Celebrate World Music!|
Celebrate World Music! was a concert of original beautiful music that featured instruments and gorgeous new melodies representing cultures from around the world. This sold-out event took place on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at magnificent Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. The concert brought together eight composers who were invited to create original works for an instrument associated with a particular country or culture. The instruments included a stringed Persian tar, didgeridoo, bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, Flamenco
guitar, cimbalom, African drums, fiddle, and bass, and all soloists were accompanied by a chamber orchestra composed of musicians from the noted NW Sinfonia, conducted by Grammy-award winner David Sabee.
The concert was co-produced by Glenna Burmer, managing director of Burmer Music (www.burmermusic.com) and Tim Huling of
The Composition Lab (www.timhuling.com). Other productions by Glenna and Tim included the hugely successful Symphonic Stories concert (www.symphonicstories.com) and Dante's Inferno, the Ballet (www.dantesinfernoballet.com).
The CD is now available for sale at CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/NorthwestSinfonia), iTunes, and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Celebrate-World-Music-Various-artists/dp/B00CIAEH36).
Watch the entire concert on Youtube -- Celebrate World Music!
Celebrate World Music, a CD featuring original works by eight composers and 11 solo artists accompanied by the Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra and conducted by Grammy award-winner David Sabee, won for the best Contemporary Classical Album category of the 13th Independent Music Vox Pop Awards (http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/2014/the-13th-annual-independent-music-awards-vox-pop-winners-announced.)
The music was recorded at the renowned Studio X in Seattle, and featured composers Lonnie Mardis, Eric Nielsen, Catherine Grealish, Todd Kovell, Jason Staczek, Nan Avant, Glenna Burmer and Tim Huling. All were Seattle-based musicians, except for Catherine Grealish (Los Angeles). Solo instrumental artists featured on this album were: Kevin Auld, Eliot Grasso, James Howard and Danny Godinez, Greg Powers, Paul Beck, Shourangiz Pourahmadi, Tom Dziekonski, and Arturo Rodriguez. In addition to winning in the Best Album category, composer Nan Avant's piece Tributum also won for best Instrumental Song.
The Independent Music Awards cover a broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene. The winning entries, in some 80 categories representing albums, songs, music videos and design were culled from thousands of submissions from around the globe. For more information on the winning entries for 2013, see http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/.
Congratulations to the composers, soloists, conductor, orchestra, and mixing and mastering engineers for producing this award-winning album!