By Wendy Elliott
The East Coast Music Award nominations announced last week made five Kings County musicians very happy.
Entertainers Donna and Andy were nominated for Children’s Recording of the Year with their French CD, La vie pour moi.
This was the Kentville duo’s fifth nomination in the children’s category.
Classical Composition of the Year nods went to Acadia University music profs Derek Charke for Between the Shore and the Ships and Steven Naylor for Aboiteau. A further nomination for Electronic Recording of the Year went to Naylor for his work, Lieux imaginaires.
Charke, a professor of music theory and composition, won a Juno Award last April for Classical Composition of the Year for his work called Sepia Fragments.
Jeff Hennessey, who directs the school of music, said he was proud that several faculty members had received nominations.
Hennessey noted that Between the Shore and the Ships was also the title track of one of the albums nominated for Classical Recording of the Year. This album resulted from a concert of new music that formed part of the 2010 Shattering the Silence New Music Festival at Acadia.
In addition, Acadia guitar instructor Jeff Torbert was nominated for Jazz recording of the Year for his album Urban Poultry and Other Hopes.
“I want to congratulate these outstanding musicians on their achievements. Also, it is worth noting that in each case, the nomination was received for new music creations,” Hennessey said.
“The School of Music is very proud to be an active site for creation and presentation of new music, which will culminate in our 2013 Shattering the Silence New Music Festival at the end of this month.”
For information about the festival, he suggested checking out the web site.
“All of the nominated faculty members will be participating, in addition to many other faculty and students and some exciting guests, including Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass,” he said.
The dates of the festival are Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.
East Coast Music Week 2013, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, takes place in Halifax from March 6-10 and features some of the region’s most celebrated and renowned acts.