Acclaimed Irish musician Dónal Lunny will receive a Folk Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award a during a special ceremony held during The ExChange, a Micro-Conference that is taking place this week, September 19-21, 2017 in Ireland.
A lifelong musician, Lunny has been at the vanguard of the Irish traditional music renaissance for over five decades. He was a founding member of various essential Irish bands such as Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, and Coolfin. He continues to maintain a busy international recording and performing career with Mozaik, Triad, ZoDoMo, Usher’s Island, and Atlantic Arc Orchestra.
Lunny holds the unique legacy of popularizing the bouzouki (a Greek instrument) in Irish music and has produced some of the most significant albums of the “Trad.” music revival since the 1970s.
Recording and production highlights include work with Kate Bush, Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O’Connor, and Clannad. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Trinity College Dublin and was also made a member of the 250-member national Aosdána, honoring his outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland.
Lunny has written music for many films and theater productions, and he continues to divide time between composing, performance, production, and teaching.
FAI commissioned a special edition, Lifetime Achievement Award documentary short-film, honoring Dónal Lunny. The film will be shown at the event Thursday and followed by a short performance with longtime collaborator Paddy Glackin.
Czech journalist Petr Doružka is 2017’s recipient of the WOMEX Professional Excellence Award. He produces world music shows on both Prague Radio and Czech National Radio, as well as writing for many publications.
Doružka has been part of the World Music Charts Europe nearly since its inception (he joined in 1992), has served in the fRoots Magazine’s critics’ poll since 2001, and participated several times on the jury of the Sayan Ring festival in Siberia.
Malian vocalist and advocate Oumou Sangaré is the winner of the WOMEX 2017 Artist Award. The acclaimed singer will perform as part of the Showcase Festival and Professionals’ Meeting in Katowice, Poland this October.
“This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honored to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017
The award honors Oumou Sangaré’s dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and abroad, her innovative changes to Wassulu music and her longevity as an internationally-cherished star.
Renowned Spanish dancer and choreographer Aída Gómez is one of the recipients of this year’s Medalla de Oro al Mérito en el Trabajo (Gold Medal of Merit at Work) from Spain’s government. The award recognizes her brilliant professional career and her important work in boosting the performing arts.
Aída Gómez is currently directing the 12th edition of the Suma Flamenca festival, produced by the Community of Madrid (Madrid’s regional government). Suma Flamenca started June 6th and will run until June 25.
Suma Flamenca turns the region of Madrid into the European center of flamenco, with remarkable programming that includes top vocalists, guitarists and dancers.
Aída Gómez also directs the Madrid en Danza festival also produced by the Community of Madrid.
Paris-based Mauritanian musician and songwriter Daby Toure is the winner of the International Songwriting Competition in the World [music] category. Dino Miranda from Maputo in Mozambique won second place and Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi and Salar Hamzei from Tehran, Iran came in third.
The Grand Prize is awarded to Canadian singer Matt Epp and Morocco-born Manitoba-raised 16-year old Faouzia for their co-written song “The Sound Ft. Faouzia.” The Grand Prize winners receive $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $45,000 in additional prizes.
In addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other won their respective categories in ISC. The 23 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from rock to pop to jazz and more.
For a complete list of ISC 2016 winners visit: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners
Entries are now open for the 2017 competition. For more information and to enter, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com
“Smaragd” by Austrian band Federspiel won in two categories of the short list 1/2017 at the German Record Critics Award. “Smaragd” won in the Cross border and Traditional ethnic music categories.
The jury issued a statement through Heinz Zietsch about “Smaragd”: “Massive but none the less extremely agile, lively yet elegant – brass ensemble Federspiel, from the Austrian Wachau region, is exceptionally talented.
Alpine Folk Music arranged and played with great humor and a subtle irony, mixed with world music and old Austrian sounds to the beat of Landler and Waltz. Viennese zither and a music box season the sound of the wind instruments and a dash of synthesizer brings refreshing flavors to the table.
The septet radiates wild imagination, enthusiasm and delight in experimenting. Their humming, mumbling and whispering, yodeling and singing, up to the highest reaches of artistic creativity. And then all of it comes down like does a good wine: just like the “Smaragd”, the noble grape produced in the Wachau.”
Austrian act Alma won the 2017 German World Music Award “Festival-Ruth.” The Ruth is one of the four yearly awards from Rudolstadt-Festival, the biggest German World Music Festival TFF Rudolstadt.
Alma (meaning soul in Spanish) includes five musicians from Austria, four women and one man, with roots in Jazz, folk and classical music. Their music crosses boundaries, incorporating Alpine and Transalpine sounds from Central Europe.
The band will release its third album, titled Oeo, in June 2017.
The lineup includes Julia Lacherstorfer on violin, vocals; Evelyn Mair on violin, vocals; Matteo Haitzmann on violin, vocals; Marie-Theres Stickler on diatonic accordion, vocals; and Marlene Lacherstorfer on double bass, vocals.
E Walea (Kalani Pe’a Music) by Hawaiian artist Kalani Pe’a is the winenr of the Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
The other finalists were:
Broken Promised Land (Swallow Records) – Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
It’s A Cree Thing (Canyon Records) – Northern Cree
Gulfstream (Octavia Records) – Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country (Valcour Records) – (Various Artists); Joshua Caffery & Joel Savoy, producers
The album The Last Days Of Oakland by Fantastic Negrito (Believe Global/Blackball Universe) is the winner of the Best Contemporary Blues Album
at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
The other finalists were:
Love Wins Again – Janiva Magness (Blue Élan Records)
Bloodline – Kenny Neal (Cleopatra Blues)
Give It Back To You – The Record Company (Concord Records)
Everybody Wants A Piece – Joe Louis Walker (Provogue)