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News October 27, 2015

ARIA Awards Artisan and Fine Arts nominees announced

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ARIA has this morning announced it will present the awards for the 2014 Artisan and Fine Arts categories next Tuesday (October 7) at Sydney’s Art Gallery of NSW.

ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen said: “These talented artists, musicians, producers and engineers lay the foundation for our ARIA Awards and embody the creative spirit that represents the Australian music industry. We are also delighted to welcome iconic Australian artist, Ken Done to the ARIAs this year. Ken has created some incredible iconic Australian imagery throughout his career and we are very fortunate to have had his talent and creativity involved in designing this year’s ARIAs poster.”

ABC Music has received 12 nominations in the Best Classical, Best Jazz, Best World Music, and Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album categories. Virginia Read is once again nominated for Engineer of the Year, which she won in 2013 and made history as the first female and the first classical engineer to do so.

ARIA has also revealed Australian artist Ken Done’s design for the official artwork for the awards. Done will be a special guest at the Nominations Event to present the Best Cover Art recipient with their ARIA Award.


This is the second year ARIA has honoured a local artist for the awards; last year the commemorative artwork was designed by artist and Hall Of Fame recipient, Reg Mombassa.

Last week ARIA announced its partnership with Telstra for the awards. The telco will provide ‘second screen’ activations as well as online and social media engagement. ARIA is also working with Telstra as its streaming partner this year; last year’s partner Rdio, announced its team-up with AIR yesterday for next week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.

The 28th Annual ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra will once again take place at The Star on Sydney on November 26 and be broadcast on Channel Ten, the official broadcast partner for the show.

See below for the full list of Fine Arts and Artisan nominees.


Best Classical Album (7 finalists)
Australian World Orchestra / Zubin Mehta – Stravinsky Rite of Spring / Mahler Symphony No.1 (ABC Classics/Universal Music Australia)
Emma Matthews / Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Marko Letonja – Mozart Arias (ABC Classics/UMA)
Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black – Dido’s Lament (Mo’OzArt/The Planet Company)
Latitude 37 – Empires (ABC Classics/Universal Music Australia)
Lior / Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Nigel Westlake – Compassion (ABC Classics /Universal Music Australia)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Macleod / Benjamin Northey / Markus Stenz – Adès Polaris / Stanhope Piccolo Concerto [MSO LIVE] (ABC Classics/Universal Music Australia)
Topology – Share House (Independent/MGM)

Best Jazz Album
Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings – Wave Rider (Jazzhead/MGM)
Emma Pask – Season Of My Heart (Mercury Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Tony Gould, Ben Robertson, Tony Floyd – The Hunters & Pointers (Which Way Music/Fuse Group)
Paul Grabowsky Sextet – The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz/UMA)
Vince Jones – The Monash Sessions (Jazzhead/MGM)

Best Original Soundtrack / Cast / Show Album
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu / Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Gurrumul : His Life And Music (ABC Music/UMA)
Glenn Shorrock & Brian Cadd – The Story of Sharky and The Caddman (FANFARE CLASSIC/EMI)
Katie Noonan – Fierce Hearts (Kin Music/Universal Music Australia)
Various Artists – Spirit Of Akasha (Warner Music Australia)
Various Artists – triple j’s One Night Stand: Mildura (ABC Music/UMA)

Best World Music Album
Astronomy Class – Mekong Delta Sunrise (Elefant Traks/Inertia Music)
Jane Rutter – Flute Spirit: Dreams and Improvisations (ABC Classics/UMA)
Joseph Tawadros – Permission to Evaporate (ABC Music/UMA)
The Barons of Tang – Into The Mouths of Hungry Giants (Bird’s Robe Records/MGM)
William Barton – Birdsong at Dusk (ABC Classics/UMA)


Engineer of the Year (6 finalists)
Dustin Tebbutt for Dustin Tebbutt – Bones EP (Eleven: a music company Pty Ltd/UMA)
Eric J Dubowsky for Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)
Matthew Lambert and Barry Francis for Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars (Golden Era Records/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Nicholas Wilson and Dann Hume for Sticky Fingers – Land Of Pleasure (Sureshaker/MGM)
Paul McKercher for Andy Bull – Sea Of Approval (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Virginia Read for Simon Tedeschi, James Morrison, Sarah McKenzie – Gershwin: Take Two (ABC Jazz/UMA)

Producer Of The Year
Alex JL Hiew and SLUMS for Troye Sivan – TRXYE (EMI)
Dann Hume for Sticky Fingers – Land Of Pleasure (Sureshaker/MGM)
John Castle and Josh Pyke for Josh Pyke – The Beginning and the End of Everything (Ivy League Records)
Nicholas Murphy for Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)
Stuart Stuart for Sheppard – Bombs Away (Empire of Song/Chugg Music/MGM Distribution)

Best Cover Art
Angus & Julia Stone for Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone (EMI)
Celeste Potter for DZ Deathrays – Black Rat (I Oh You/Illusive/UMA)
Sia for Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear (Inertia Recordings)
The Leonard Brothers for 360 – Utopia (Forthwrite/EMI)
Tin & Ed for Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)


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