October 19, 2013
Stevens-Stockley Album Up for Grammy Nomination
: Peter Vukmirovic Stevens. Courtesy of the artist.
: CD cover, August Ruins, detail. Courtesy of the artist.
: Paige Stockley. Courtesy of Cornish College of the Arts.
Alum Peter Vukmirovic Stevens’ May release, August Ruins, submitted for Grammy nomination — time for Academy members to vote.
August Ruins for cello, an album of music composed by Peter Vukmirovic Stevens [MU ’06] and performed by Cornish faculty member Paige Stockley, has had its title track submitted by Navona Records for this yearʼs Grammy award for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo,” category 76. Recording Academy members can help turn this submission into a nomination by voting for August Ruins when they receive their Grammy ballot in October.
“Join us in moving this record onto the next step towards a Grammy! Your vote is key,” writes Stevens of the submission for nomination. At this writing, Academy members should have received their ballots and are no doubt pondering the many choices.
The recording has been well received. Gavin Borchert of the Seattle Weekly writes: “This five-movement, 53-minute suite for solo cello is lush and uncompromisingly brooding. Paige Stockley plays it stunningly; I would relish the chance to hear it live.”
August Ruins is selling well, too, by all reports. At Amazon, it is a top 100 seller for “modern classical.”
“The goal of my music is to strip away the unnecessary and extraneous to reveal simplicity,” says Stevens. “Love, ire, adventure, unrest. The human experience, in profuse and stark landscapes. Countless influences informed my musical and artistic ethos, including early-modern graphic design, linguistics, literature, and philosophers from Aristotle to Guy Debord.”
Peter Vukmirovic Stevens is a composer, pianist and multimedia artist. He serves as the Artistic Director of the Seattle Pianist Collective. He is a 2006 graduate of Cornish’s music department.
Cellist Paige Stockley is a native of Seattle Washington. She attended the University of Washington where she studied with Toby Saks while double majoring in political science and english, and then attended the Manhattan School of Music where she received her masterʼs degree. Her teachers have included Valentin Hirsu, Ardyth Alton and Michael Haber. After playing in orchestras in Mexico City and Spain, and studying for a year in Prague and Krakow, Paige returned to Seattle where she joined the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, and formed the Saint Helens Quartet. She freelances regularly in the Seattle area, performing with the Pacific NW Ballet Orchestra, Auburn and Tacoma Symphonies, and recording film and television soundtracks. The Saint Helens Quartet is releasing it’s first CD this Fall, “Carry Me Home”, and is the recipient of several 4 Culture commissioning grants and a Jack Straw Artist in Residence grant.
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