Music Composition artistic director and Professor Julia Wolfe and adjunct faculty Caroline Shaw are both nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. Dr. Wolfe is nominated for her oratorio Fire in my mouth, while Professor Shaw’s nomination was for her string quartet Orange.
Two Music Technology alumni received nominations in the Album of the Year category: David "Swagg R'Celious" Harris (MM ’10) as a producer and songwriter on I Used to Know Her by H.E.R. and Emily Lazar (MM ’96) as mastering engineer on Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride. Harris, who joined our Songwriting faculty this year, was also nominated as a songwriter on two H.E.R. songs: “Hard Place” (Song of the Year) and “Could’ve Been” (Best R&B Song). Both Harris and Lazar won their first Grammys last year, Harris as a producer of H.E.R. (Best R&B Album) and Lazar for her work as a mastering engineer on Beck’s Colors (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical).
Music Therapy alum Jon Samson was nominated for his children's album Ageless: Songs for the Child Archetype.
Ruben Blades, the school's Scholar-in-Residence, received a Best Latin Jazz Album nomination for Una Noche Con Rubén Blades.
In addition, several members of our faculty performed on Grammy-nominated recordings this year. Percussion Studies adjunct faculty Javier Diaz plays on Best Musical Theater Album nominee Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. Hiding Out by Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, a Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album nominee, features three Jazz Studies faculty members: program director Dave Pietro on sax and flute, and adjuncts Rogerio Boccato on percussion and Alan Ferber on trombone. Boccato also plays on Sorte!: Music by John Finbury, a Best Latin Jazz Album nominee, while Ferber worked as an arranger on Sara Gazarek's Thirsty Ghost, a Best Jazz Vocal Album nominee. Another Jazz adjunct, Michael Rodriguez, is the trumpet player on Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band’s Antidote, also a contender for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Finally, Music Technology adjunct Alan Silverman mastered two nominated records: Catherine Russell’s Alone Together, nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and Joseph Habedank’s Deeper Oceans, nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album.
Grammy Awards are presented annually to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in the recording industry. The Recording Academy will announce the winners on Sunday, January 26.
Congratulations to all of our nominees!