The Grammy nominations were announced last night (Dec. 5) in Nashville, Tenn., and receiving nods with the the pop-centric sounds of The Black Keys, fun. and Taylor Swift were CalArtians: Ravi Coltrane (Music MFA 99) and The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ).
Three of LAPQ's members are graduates of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts: Matt Cook (MFA 10), Dr. Justin Dehart (MFA 04) and Nick Terry (MFA 04), with Eric Guinivan rounding out the group. Specializing in 20th and 21st century repertoire, LAPQ was nominated in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for its first major label release, Rūpa-khandha (Sono Luminus records).
The album is also nominated for Best Surround Sound Album, and Rūpa-khandha producers Marina Ledin and Victor Ledin are also up for the Producer of the Year, Classical Grammy.
Ravi Coltrane (Music BFA 90) has been nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the track "Cross Roads" from his album Spirit Fiction (Blue Note).
And though not directly nominated, CalArts alumni Richard Valitutto (Music MFA 11) and Paul West (Music MFA 10) performed piano and kithara, respectively, on the album Harry Partch: Bitter Music (Music of Harry Partch Vol. 1), which is up for Best Classical Compendium.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on Feb. 10 on CBS.