The 2014 ARIA Fine Arts Awards were announced earlier today. Congratulations to ABC Classics which won all four of the Fine Arts Awards.
The award for Best Classical Album was won by Compassion, a collaboration between composer Nigel Westlake, singer Lior and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Westlake. Compassion is a ‘Symphony of Songs’, drawn from the rich aesthetics of Islam and Judaism presenting a collection of poetic insights into the quality of compassion and its ability to transform our relationships.
Read our review of Compassion.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu won the Award for Best Original / Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album for Gurrumul: His Life and Music. Recorded live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the album presents some of Gurrumul’s most famous works accompanied by introductions from Gurrumul’s family giving rare insights into the people, the country and the stories behind one of Australia’s most talented musicians.
Jazz legend Paul Grabowsky won the award for Best Jazz Album for The Bitter Suite, recorded with the Paul Grabowsky Sextet.
Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros took his third ARIA Award in succession for Best World Music Album with Permission to Evaporate. Recorded in New York in February 2014, Joseph was joined by Christian McBride (bass), Mike Stern (guitar) and Matt McMahon (piano), and by his long-time musical companion and brother James Tawadros (req and bendir). The album takes inspiration from a variety of styles from bluegrass to world, jazz and folk.