The nominations for Grammy Awards were announced last week. While the classical category nominations get lost amid the pop hoopla, major kudos go out to eighth blackbird for their nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance! Their album, strange imaginary animals, was recorded at Ball State University in the summer of 2005.
Two other people related to the project also received nominations. Jennifer Higdon received a nomination in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition Category for Zaka, and Judith Sherman was nominated for Classical Producer of the Year. In the producer category, each person had 4 or 5 CD’s noted. In addition to Sherman’s work on strange imaginary animals, she also produced releases by the Kronos Quartet and the Ying Quartet.
The members of eighth blackbird are understandably exuberant.