ABC Music wins all four 2014 ARIA Fine Arts Awards and receives 22 nominations across 11 categories
At a ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW today (7 October 2014), it was announced that ABC Music had been awarded all four of the 2014 ARIA Fine Arts Awards, and received a total of 22 nominations across 11 categories.
The winners of the four Fine Arts Awards, all of which were taken by ABC Music, were:
Compassion – Lior, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake (Best Classical Album);
The Bitter Suite – Paul Grabowsky Sextet (Best Jazz Album); Permission to Evaporate – Joseph Tawadros (Best World Music Album); and Gurrumul: His Life and Music – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu / SSO (Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album). Winners of the further categories will be unveiled on 26 November 2014.
Natalie Waller, General Manager of ABC Music, commented:
“We extend huge congratulations to all of our winning and nominated artists. We are very proud of the breadth of ABC Music’s output, and our 22 nominations across 11 categories – from Classical to Comedy, Jazz to Children’s – speaks volumes about the quality and variety of the artists with whom we are so privileged to work.
“Today we offer special congratulations to the ABC Music artists who have won all four Fine Arts Awards, including Joseph Tawadros who took a hat-trick of Best World Music Albums and Paul Grabowsky, who has now won an ARIA in every decade since the 1980s. Good luck to all our nominees in the remaining categories for the ceremony on 26 November!”
ARIA 2014 Fine Arts Awards: The Winning Albums
The Award for Best Classical Album was taken by Compassion, a collaboration between composer Nigel Westlake, singer Lior and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Compassion, a “Symphony of Songs”, draws from the rich worlds of Islam and Judaism to present a collection of profound and poetic insights into the practice of compassion and its ability to transform our relationships as human beings. Recorded at the Sydney Opera House, the work has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike: it was awarded five stars by The Australian and has been revived as a live concert on numerous occasions including in Melbourne's Myer Music Bowl.
Australian jazz legend Paul Grabowsky was presented with the Award for Best Jazz Album for The Bitter Suite, recorded with the Paul Grabowsky Sextet – a group which comprises some of the finest players on the Australian jazz scene. The album was written in an “urgent tumble” in just a couple of weeks, and draws on everything from The Rolling Stones to Rachmaninoff. Awarding the album five stars, The Australian acclaimed the “superb interpretations of imaginative compositions”.
Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros took his third ARIA Award in succession for Best World Music Album with Permission to Evaporate. Recorded in New York in February 2014, Joseph was joined by Christian McBride (bass), Mike Stern (guitar) and Matt McMahon (piano), and by his long-time musical companion and brother James Tawadros (req and bendir). The album takes inspiration from a wide variety of styles and sounds from bluegrass to world, jazz to folk.
The incomparable Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu won the Award for Best Original / Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album for Gurrumul: His Life and Music. Recorded live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the album presents some of Gurrumul’s most famous works accompanied by orchestra, alongside introductions from Gurrumul’s family which give a rare insight into the people, the country and the stories behind one of Australia’s most popular musicians.
2014 ARIA Awards: ABC MUSIC NOMINATIONS
Best Classical Album
Compassion – Lior / Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Nigel Westlake (Winner)
Adès: Polaris / Stanhope: Piccolo Concerto
Andrew Macleod / Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Benjamin Northey / Markus Stenz
Empires – Latitude 37
Mozart Arias – Emma Matthews / Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Marko Letonja
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring / Mahler: Symphony No.1 – Australian World Orchestra / Zubin Mehta
Best Jazz Album
The Bitter Suite – Paul Grabowsky Sextet (Winner)
Best World MUSIC Album
Permission to Evaporate – Joseph Tawadros (Winner)
Birdsong at Dusk – William Barton
Flute Spirit: Dreams and Improvisations – Jane Rutter
Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album
Gurrumul: His Life and Music – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu / SSO (Winner)
triple j’s One Night Stand – Various Artists
Engineer of the Year
Virginia Read (Gershwin: Take Two)
The winners of the following categories will be announced on 26 November 2014
Best Male Artist
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Best Live Act
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Best Blues and Roots Album
‘Til My Tears Roll Away – The Audreys
Best Children’s Album
Let’s Put The Beat In Our Feet – Alex Papps
Jazzamatazz! – Ali McGregor
Christmas at Jay’s Place – Jay Laga’aia
Apples & Bananas – The Wiggles
Best Comedy Album
It’s a Buddy Goode Christmas – Buddy Goode
Learning To Be Me – Ja’mie
Best Country Album
My Side of the Street – Adam Brand
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