Nov. 3, 2016
Album and DVD produced by Burmer Music nominated for two awards in the 15th annual Independent Music Awards
Origins: Life and the Universe, an innovative multimedia production showcasing the intersection of music, science and art, was nominated in two categories in the 15th annual Independent Music Awards.
The IMAs cover a broad spectrum of today’s global independent music scene. More than 400 nominees in some 80 categories representing albums, songs, music videos and design were culled from thousands of submissions from around the globe. Origins was presented at a world premiere concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 7, 2015.
Origins: Life and the Universe, with Northwest Sinfonia, David Sabee conducting, was nominated in two categories: Contemporary Classical Album and Long-form Video. Winners will be announced Nov. 12 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City during a free, daylong music festival.
Winning projects will be selected by blue-ribbon panels of top recording artists and promoted to millions of music fans via online and broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Past IMA nominees and winners include major label acts such as Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Amanda Palmer, Meghan Trainor, Passenger and many more.
Origins was a singular musical event last fall at Benaroya Hall. The concert began with a percussion group from the University of Washington School of Music, pounding the acoustically superb walls of Benaroya Hall during a composition on the Big Bang.
That concert element was followed by eight new melodic compositions written to enhance high- resolution film creatively assembled from video and still images sent back from space. Each composition featured a different astronomy or astrobiology topic.
Featured composers are: Nan Avant, Barry Dowsett, Eric Goetz, Stan LePard, Howard Mostrom, Glenna Burmer, Tim Huling and Kohl Hebert, a 12-year-old musical prodigy in his orchestral premiere.
At the Origins concert, the music, performed live by Northwest Sinfonia conducted by Grammy award winner David Sabee, was synchronized in real-time to video projected onto a large screen on stage. The audience thrilled to views of some of the most beautiful objects in space and on planet Earth: dark matter and black holes, star nurseries and rivers of galaxies, planetary nebulae and sun-like stars.
Origins: Life and the Universe was presented by Burmer Music, The Composition Lab, University of Washington Astrobiology Program and University of Washington Department of Astronomy. The concert, powered by Shunpike, helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UW Department of Astronomy. A series of lecture presentations on related scientific topics were given in the months leading to the concert premiere.
Faculty members from the University of Washington were resources for the composers, answering questions and guiding them toward the most stunning images on their chosen topic. The concert was a benefit for students at the Astrobiology Program and Astronomy Department at the University of Washington.
In 2014, Burmer Music won its first IMA award with its production of Celebrate World Music, which featured original works by eight composers and 11 solo artists. The music won in the Contemporary Classical category, selected in the 13th IMA Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the award program.
Called “an unexpected new presence in Seattle culture” by the Seattle Times, Burmer Music has produced four concerts since 2012. Three of the concerts premiered at Benaroya Hall and one at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash.
Contact: Glenna Burmer, Burmer Music
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