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Pasadena's Southwest Chamber Music receives Latin Grammy nomination

September 9, 2010 |  8:57 am

Kraft 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

Photo credit: Cambria Master Recordings / Naxos


Kraft's 'Encounters' with percussion art 

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