"Global Music Awards is music's golden seal of approval."
Global Music Awards: Winners - September 2012
Best of Show __________________________
Mohammed Haddad (Bahrain), Tarafa, album, is the musical interpretation of the life of poet Tarafah ibn albd (543-569AD) and his psychological transformation with his lover, relatives, faith and his painful and mysterious death at the hands of King Amr ibn Hind. With a Western piano in one hand and an Eastern lute in the other, Haddad attempts to bridge the gap between the two worlds. Haddad is a Bahraini musician, a leading composer of Bahraini films scores and music critic. He is best known for his work on the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed Bahraini motion picture A Bahraini Tale. LINK
Awards of Excellence __________________________________________________________________________
Boston College - Ralf Gawlick, Berlin Suite, original score for documentary film, for string quartet, was commissioned by the German Embassy and Boston College for the documentary, Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall. The score unfolds in eight distinct, dramatic musical reflections that parallel the images and segments of the documentary that honor the liberation from Communist oppression. LINK Christiane Kenney - Celestial Records, Ceili, instrumental performance in a group, features music by Christiane Kinney on piano. The performance is part of her album, Metamorphosis, which was on the Grammy entry nomination list for best contemporary folk album and best instrumental composition for Ceili. Kinney is currently touring to promote her band Riddle the Sphinx's latest album, Professional Pretender, which was released worldwide in 2012. LINK Dave Pierce (Canada), Arab Games Cauldron Lighting, show music, for the 12th Arab Games Opening Ceremony as a live spectacle from Doha, Qatar, broadcast to a television audience of 1.1 billion viewers. Under the music direction of Canadian composer Dave Pierce the Arab world was introduced to the first hybrid presentation of their music combined with traditional Arabic instruments, symphonic orchestra and modern Western music driving the rhythm section. LINK Federico Ferrandina (Italy), Pardigma, composition, played by classically trained guitarist Ferrandina. He is composer and producer of diverse music that also includes jazz and pop/rock. Ferrandina's compositions have been used in films and television including HBO's Big Love. LINK Jade Yeh (Canada), Europa, album art/graphics are an exquisite 24 page hard cover limited edition of beautiful original photography by the designer. Each page illustrates and enhances the experience of listening to the companion songs on the album. LINK Jeremy Soule - Max Steiner Agency, Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack, video game music, the sound track represents years of development. Soule says, the heroic and the tragic elements of the saga have brought forth my own inner struggles with harmony, rhythm and melody. Soule's soundtracks receive critical acclaim as the best in the video game industry. Often Soule's music is electronic and is frequently indistinguishable from live music. LINK Jonathan Beard, Three Days (of Hamlet), original score, stands as one of the flag-bearers of an emerging generation of young composers who have grown up deeply steeped in worlds of both orchestral and electronic sound. The score will soon have a big screen theatrical run as part of the independent film, Three Days (of Hamlet), starring Richard Chamberlin and Stefanie Powers. He is a faculty member at UCLA in electronic music. LINK Juan Fourcade (Spain), The End, original soundtrack, composed by Fourcade. The End is the story of the relationship among a writer and his character, and the music develops along this fantastic thriller, in occasions psychologically. This is the second award to Juan Fourcade this year for original soundtrack. LINK Moritz Schmittat (United Kingdom), Shady Lady, composition, is music for the epic documentary about the B-24 Liberator aircraft called, Shady Lady. The sound track was recorded by the Horsham Symphony Orchestra under conductor Steve Dummer. Schmittat has scored two cinema released features, seven television documentaries, various television commercials and approximately 40 short films. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London. LINK Ron Korb (Canada), Europa, is an album of original flute music that takes us across Europe and back into history. Some of the music is inspired by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart while others express the flavor of a region or culture. LINK Stephen P. Brown, Tapestry Tampa Bay, original score, is an affectionate tribute to the distinct wonders of the Tampa Bay area, from the beaches to the local arts scene to the inexplicable number of churches. He even included a movement called Grouper in honor of the fish that strikes him asÂ funny. Brown's career spans more than 30 years performing and conducting music in Europe, the United States and Africa. LINK Swara Sisters (Malaysia), Vrnda, vocal group, are classically trained musicians and are established performers in the Malaysian music circuit. They have their own brand of vocal, reggae-fused Carnatic music. Carnatic music is written to be sung, even when played on instruments it is meant to be performed in gyaki (singing) style. The Swara Sisters are 100% Malaysian although the origin of their music is the classical musical tradition of Southern India. LINK
Awards of Merit ______________________________________________________________________________
Anna Schulze,Â 6-String & Me, student songwriter LINK Christiane Kenney - Celestial Records, Loch Lomond, female vocalist LINK Dave Pierce (Canada), Arab Games Opening, creativity/originality LINK Federico Ferrandina (Italy),ÂWhat We Are, song LINK Gernot Wolfgang, Theremin's Journey, composition LINK Ian Honeyman, The Philly Kid, original score LINK Jeremy Soule - Max Steiner Agency, Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack, song (Fear Not This Night) LINK Jonathan Beard, Three Days (of Hamlet), soundtrack motion picture and television LINK Michael Z. Gordon, Outer Limits, song LINK Moritz Schmittat (United Kingdom), Shady Lady, soundtrack motion picture and television and sound editing/sound mixing LINK Riddle the Sphinx, Within Reach, songwriter (Christiane Kinney) LINK Ryan McQuinn, A Look into Christopher's Mind, soundtrack motion picture and television LINK Sanjay Wandrekar (India), Indian Dusk, experimental LINK Stephen P. Brown, Wind Quintet 1, composition LINK Wayne State University - Russell Miller, Suite Justice: A Jazz Setting of the Beatitudes for Big Band and Chorus, composition and choral music LINK