Pasadena's Southwest Chamber Music receives Latin Grammy nomination
Wednesday's announcement of the Latin Grammy nominations saw hundreds of artists and music groups honored for their work in the past year. Among them was the Pasadena-based Southwest Chamber Music group for its work on William Kraft's "Encounters" in the classical album category.
The three-CD recording features Southwest Chamber Music and the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble performing Kraft's series of "Encounter" compositions. A percussionist long associated with the Los Angeles area, Kraft was a musician with the L.A. Philharmonic for many years, as well as a composer-in-residence for the orchestra from 1981 to 1985.
"Encounters" was recorded over a two-year period beginning in 2007, according to Jeff von der Schmidt, artistic director of Southwest Chamber Music.
The album is up against five other competitors in its category -- "Integral Cuartetos De Cuerda"; "Old Havana Chamber Music Vol. I"; "Salón Buenos Aires"; "Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony"; and "Vital."
-- David Ng
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