Coming up to the end of the year, we’ve been watching projects funded through New Music USA’s grant programs turn up on “Best of” lists and snag a couple Grammy nominations, too. It’s great to see stuff we helped make happen do so well out there in the world.
Steve Mackey’s record with eighth blackbird, Lonely Motel—Music from Slide, got a Grammy nomination earlier this month. In 2008, the project won a commissioning grant to create a really wild theater piece, including the music on this disc. Lonely Motel got nominated for both the Best Classical Composition as well as the Best Small Ensemble Performance.
Gabriela Lena Frank’s music is also catching Grammy attention in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category (and as we’ve highlighted before). Currently Music Alive composer-in-residence with the Annapolis Symphony, the nod came for this disc on Naxos.
Gabriel Kahane, currently Music Alive composer-in-residence with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, took the number two spot on Steve Smith’s list of the best records this year with his album, Where Are The Arms.
And Meredith Monk, most recently awarded a Commissioning Music/USA grant with the St. Louis Symphony for Weave, won Musical America’s 2012 Composer of the Year.
What have been your triumphs in 2011? Want to give a shout-out to a project making waves in your world this year? Let us know in comments!