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8 October 2014

ARIA Fine Arts Awards to Westlake/Lior, Grabowsky, Tawadros

Paul Grabowsky Sextet: The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz) Image: Paul Grabowsky Sextet: The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz)  

The ABC Classics recording of Nigel Westlake and Lior's collaborative work Compassion, performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, has won an ARIA Fine Arts Award in the Best Classical Album category, as announced in Sydney yesterday. An album of Paul Grabowsky's compositions and arrangements, The Bitter Suite, recorded for ABC Jazz by Paul Grabowsky Sextet (Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, Andrew Robson, James Greening, Cameron Undy, Simon Barker) won the Award for the Best Jazz Album.

The ARIA Award for the Best World Music Album went to Joseph Tawadros's Permission to Evaporate (also featuring Christian McBride, on the bass, US guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Matt McMahon and James Tawadros on req and bendir). The Award for the Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album went to Gurrumul: His Life and Music, recorded live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Both albums were also released by ABC Music. Winners of the further ARIA categories will be announced on 26 November 2014.

> More information: ARIA Awards website (www.ariaawards.com.au)

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