About Donny McCaslinCollege Jazz Studies | Jazz Studies
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin, a member of NEC's jazz faculty, was a crucial collaborator in the creation of David Bowie's final album, Blackstar, which won in all five of the categories in which it was nominated: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song (title track), Best Alternative Album, Best Recording Package, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
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About Sarah JaroszCollege Contemporary Improvisation | Contemporary Improvisation
The album Undercurrent by singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz '13 won Best American Roots Performance (track "House of Mercy") and Best Folk Album.
Jarosz was previously nominated for Build Me Up from Bones (2013) and a track from her debut album, Song Up in Her Head (2009).
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About Boston Symphony OrchestraBSO Faculty | Percussion
Moving to the classical categories and an orchestra with deep ties to NEC, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and music director Andris Nelsons won Best Orchestra Performance with Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow—Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9. This follows up on last year's winning release of Symphony No. 10 in a series of live recordings for Deutsche Grammophon.
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About Third Coast PercussionBSO Faculty | Percussion
Third Coast Percussion won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for its Steve Reich recording. This quartet of percussionists includes Robert Dillon '04 M.M., who was a member of the NEC Percussion Ensemble during the recording of its Naxos CD American Music for Percussion, Vol. 1.
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