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ABC MUSIC scores 23 ARIA nominations and wins 4 Fine Arts ARIAs


ABC Music has once again scored multiple ARIA nominations across categories ranging from Classical and Jazz to World, Country, Blues and Roots, Children’s and Comedy.

The record number of 23 nominations across nine ARIA categories, announced in Sydney today (Wednesday, 3 October 2012), has once again confirmed the diversity and quality of the ABC Music catalogue.
ABC Music was awarded all four of the ARIA Fine Arts awards: Best Classical Album (William Barton’s Kalkudungu), Best Australian Jazz Album (Sarah McKenzie’s Close Your Eyes), Best World Music Album (Joseph Tawadros’ Concerto of the Greater Sea) and Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album (triple j – Straight To You – triple j’s Tribute To Nick Cave).
Acting Director of ABC Commercial, Robert Patterson congratulated all the nominees and winning ABC artists: ‘We are so proud of the depth and breadth of quality shining through in all our specialist genres, and I wish the nominees all the very best of luck in the forthcoming awards to be announced in late November.’ Patterson also noted that it was pleasing to see not just such a broad range of musicians represented in the awards, but also the growing number of new and emerging Australian artists who have been recognised. ‘To have won four out of four Fine Arts Awards is a great acknowledgement of our ongoing support for quality musical performance and composition in such a wide range of genres,’ he said.
The 23 nominations were:
José Carbó + Slava & Leonard Grigoryan – My Latin Heart
Orchestra of the Antipodes – Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Sally Whitwell – The Good, The Bad and The Awkward
Sydney Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy – Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
William Barton– Kalkadungu (Winner)
Grace Knight – Keep Cool Fool
Sarah McKenzie – Close Your Eyes (Winner)
Steven Rossitto – Night & Day
Joseph Tawadros and the Australian Chamber Orchestra – Concerto of the Greater Sea (Winner)
Sarah Calderwood – As Night Falls
Warren H Williams & The Warumungu Songmen – Winanjjara: The Song Peoples Sessions
Jane Rutter – An Australian In Paris
triple j – Straight To You – triple j’s Tribute To Nick Cave (Winner)
Chong Lim – Sarah McKenzie, Close Your Eyes
Virginia Read – Sally Whitwell, The Good, The Bad and The Awkward
McAlister Kemp – Country Proud
Catherine Britt – Always Never Enough
Jeff Lang – Carried In Mind
Paul Greene & The Other Colours – Behind The Stars
Buddy Goode – Unappropriate
The Wiggles – Surfer Jeff
Rhys Muldoon – I’m Not Singing
Bananas in Pyjamas – Playtime
In the Best Classical Album category, didjeridu player William Barton’s Kalkadungu was the winner – the 24th time that an ABC Classics album has won in the 26 years of the awards . Barton’s groundbreaking album features some of Australia’s best orchestras including Sydney Symphony, The Queensland Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as a host of internationally renowned conductors including Richard Gill and Arvo Volmer.
‘We all think that we know what a didjeridu sounds like,’ says international reviewer Graham Rickson, from The Arts Desk. ‘Mere words can’t begin to describe the noise made by William Barton in full flow. It’s a sonorous, low roar that sets your stomach wobbling, made more startling by the array of harmonics and overtones which buzz around over the top. There’s also Barton’s sheer technique, circular breathing allowing him to sustain notes for improbable lengths.’
In the Best Jazz Album category, Sarah McKenzie won with Close Your Eyes. Recorded by nominated-producer-of-the-year Chong Lim, the album marks a crucial milestone in the rapidly developing career of the Melbourne-based artist, whom critics around the country have identified as a once-in-a-generation talent.
Sarah reflects: ‘My style and sound are constantly evolving and I try to incorporate new influences all the time. I am always discovering new material and working out something I can do with it to make it different. That to me is what I really want to do because, as an artist, I don’t want to be known simply as, “that jazz and blues girl”. I want to be known as “Sarah McKenzie, that girl who does something fresh with every song she delves into”.’ One to watch!
The Best World Music Album was taken out by nine-time ARIA nominee Joseph Tawadros with his stunning album release Concerto of the Greater Sea. The album showcases not only Joseph’s incredible instrumental skill, but also his talents as a composer. As well as seven tracks for oud and orchestra, performed by Tawadros and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tawadros performs his original six-movement suite ‘The Greater Sea’ in a quartet with Australian jazz piano legend Matt McMahon, ACO Principal Viola Christopher Moore, and percussion prodigy James Tawadros, Joseph’s brother and closest collaborator. Orchestra and quartet together complete a single, delicate emotional journey, with the oud at the heart of the album, weaving the two musical worlds into one.
Joseph speaks of the concept behind this album: ‘I have always been fond of the sea, its movement, its silence, its energy and its freedom, and the new compositions are about being immersed in this. The ocean represents a return to oneself, a rediscovery, an emotional reinvention, musically, spiritually and beyond.’
The Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album was awarded to Straight To You – triple j’s Tribute To Nick Cave.
‘Cave has been the most continually played artist on triple j. That in itself is astounding, given how many new artists, musical movements and industry changes have arisen across the past four decades,’ says triple j’s Richard Kingsmill. ‘With no shortage of artists keen to volunteer their time, the line-up of vocalists and musicians that helped us celebrate the work of Nick Cave was intentionally diverse – to show the man’s influence across the genres. Each of them was passionate in doing justice to the legacy of these songs.’

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