Grammy Award for Best New Age Album

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Grammy Award for Best New Age Album
Awarded forQuality albums in the new-age music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1987
Last awarded2018
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best New Age Album is presented to recording artists for quality albums in the new-age music genre at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. [1] Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

New-age music is a genre of music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, reading as a method of stress management to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance, or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Academy Awards (film), the Emmy Awards (television), and the Tony Awards (theater).

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Originally called the Grammy Award for Best New Age Recording, the honor was first presented to Swiss musician Andreas Vollenweider at the 29th Grammy Awards in 1987 for his album Down to the Moon . Two compilation albums featuring Windham Hill Records artists were nominated that same year. [3] The record label was founded by William Ackerman, [4] later an award nominee and 2005 winner for the album Returning . From 1988 to 1991 the category was known as Best New Age Performance. Since 1992 the award has been presented as Best New Age Album. Beginning in 2001, award recipients included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. [5]

Andreas Vollenweider Swiss musician

Andreas Vollenweider is a Swiss harpist. He is generally categorised as a new-age musician and uses a modified electroacoustic harp of his own design. He has collaborated with Bobby McFerrin, Carly Simon, Luciano Pavarotti and in 1987 received a Grammy Award for the album Down to the Moon. Vollenweider's style has been described by The New York Times as "swirling atmospheric music, which evokes nature, magic and fairy tales". He has toured internationally and produced fourteen regular albums in a career that spans four decades.

Down to the Moon is Andreas Vollenweider's fifth studio album, released in 1986. It was re-released in 2005 and again in 2006. It was the first album to win the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 1987.

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

While "new-age" music can be difficult to define, journalist Steven Rea described the genre as "music that is acoustic, electronic, jazzy, folky and incorporates classical and pop elements, Eastern and Latin influences, exotic instrumentation and environmental sound effects." [6] According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented for instrumental or vocal new-age albums "containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material", with seasonal recordings not being eligible. [7] The addition of the award category reflected a "coming of age" of the music genre, though some new-age musicians dislike the term "new-age" and some of its negative connotations. [6]

Steven Rea is an American journalist, film critic, web producer, and writer. He was formerly employed as a film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

As of 2015, Paul Winter holds the record for the most wins in this category, having won six times (four times as the leader of the group Paul Winter Consort). Winter is the only musician to win the award consecutively; he received an award in 1994 for Spanish Angel as a member of his ensemble and another in 1995 for Prayer for the Wild Things as a solo artist. Irish musician Enya has received four awards. Kitarō holds the record for the most nominations, with sixteen (as of 2018, with only one win (in 2001).

Paul Winter American saxophonist

Paul Winter is an American saxophonist who founded the Paul Winter Consort. He has recorded more than 40 albums and won seven Grammy Awards. He has toured and recorded in 52 countries and six continents. He often records while traveling in wilderness areas, including on rafts, mules, dog sleds, horses, kayaks, sailboats, steamers, tug-boats, and Land Rovers. He performs benefit concerts for environmental and world peace organizations.

Paul Winter Consort band

The Paul Winter Consort is an American musical group, led by soprano saxophonist Paul Winter. Founded in 1967, the group mixes elements of jazz, classical music, world music, and the sounds of animals and nature. They are often classified as "new age" or "ecological jazz", and their musical style is often called "Earth Music". The group has had many lineup changes since it was founded. Long-standing members currently in the group include Paul Winter, cellist Eugene Friesen, bassist Eliot Wadiopan, jazz oboist Paul McCandless, and percussionist and frame drum specialist Glen Velez. Past members who were part of the group for a considerable length of time include Paul Halley, Susan Osborn, Oscar Castro-Neves, Russ Landau, David Darling, Jim Scott, Dorothy Papadakos, and Rhonda Larson.

Spanish Angel is a live album by Paul Winter Consort, released in 1993 through the record label Living Music. In 1994, the album earned the group a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.

As of the 2018 Grammy Awards, Peter Kater has been nominated a record thirteen times and finally won his first Grammy for Dancing On Water. Between 2004 and 2018 he was nominated every year, except 2006 and holds the record from the most consecutive nominations (11 in a row).

Peter Kater is a German-born American pianist and composer.

R. Carlos Nakai is the only artist to be nominated for more than one work within the same year—for the 42nd Grammy Awards he was nominated alongside Paul Horn for Inside Monument Valley and for his own album Inner Voices. The group Tangerine Dream holds the record for the most consecutive nominations, with five between 1992 and 1996. All five volumes of Kitarō's Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai series were nominated for Best New Age Album.

R. Carlos Nakai American flautist

Raymond Carlos Nakai is a Native American flutist of Navajo/Ute heritage.

Paul Horn was an American jazz flautist and saxophonist, and an early pioneer of new-age music.

Tangerine Dream German electronic music group

Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese having been the only continuous member until his death in January 2015. The best-known lineup of the group was its mid-70s trio of Froese, Christopher Franke, and Peter Baumann. In the late 1970s, Johannes Schmoelling replaced Baumann. Since Froese's death in 2015, the group has been under the leadership of Thorsten Quaeschning.

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1987 award winner Andreas Vollenweider Andreas Vollenweider.jpg
1987 award winner Andreas Vollenweider
1988 award recipient Yusef Lateef in 2007 Yusef Lateef.jpg
1988 award recipient Yusef Lateef in 2007
Members of the four-time award-winning band Paul Winter Consort performing in 2005 Paul Winter Consort 2005.jpg
Members of the four-time award-winning band Paul Winter Consort performing in 2005
Paul Winter of the Paul Winter Consort, a two-time award winner as a solo artist, performing at the Clearwater Festival in 2007 Paul Winter 6-16-07 Photo by Anthony Pepitone.jpg
Paul Winter of the Paul Winter Consort, a two-time award winner as a solo artist, performing at the Clearwater Festival in 2007
Members of the 1999 award-winning band Clannad at the 2007 Meteor Awards Clannad at Meteor Awards.jpg
Members of the 1999 award-winning band Clannad at the 2007 Meteor Awards
2001 award winner and frequent nominee Kitarō Kitaro 5.jpg
2001 award winner and frequent nominee Kitarō
2004 award recipient Pat Metheny performing in 2008 Pat Metheny and his guitar.jpg
2004 award recipient Pat Metheny performing in 2008
2009 award recipient Jack DeJohnette performing in 2006 Jack DeJohnette.jpg
2009 award recipient Jack DeJohnette performing in 2006
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef(s)
1987 Andreas Vollenweider Down to the Moon
[3]
[6]
1988 Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony
[8]
1989 Shadowfax Folksongs for a Nuclear Village [9]
[10]
[11]
[12]
1990 Peter Gabriel Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ
[13]
1991 Mark Isham Mark Isham [14]
1992 Chip Davis Fresh Aire 7 [15]
1993 Enya Shepherd Moons [16]
1994 Paul Winter Consort Spanish Angel
1995 Paul Winter Prayer for the Wild Things [17]
1996 George Winston Forest
[18]
1997 Enya The Memory of Trees
[19]
1998 Michael Hedges Oracle [20]
1999 Clannad Landmarks
[21]
2000 Paul Winter Celtic Solstice
[22]
2001 Kitarō Thinking of You [23]
[24]
2002 Enya A Day Without Rain
[25]
2003 Tingstad and Rumbel Acoustic Garden
[26]
2004 Pat Metheny One Quiet Night [27]
2005 William Ackerman Returning [28]
[29]
2006 Paul Winter Consort Silver Solstice
[30]
2007 Enya Amarantine
[31]
2008 Paul Winter Consort Crestone
[32]
2009 Jack DeJohnette Peace Time [33]
2010 David Darling Prayer for Compassion
[34]
2011 Paul Winter Consort Miho: Journey to the Mountain
[35]
2012 Pat Metheny What's It All About
2013 Omar Akram Echoes of Love
[36]
2014 Laura Sullivan Love's River
[37]
2015 Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman Winds of Samsara [38]
2016 Paul Avgerinos Grace
2017 White Sun White Sun II [39]
2018 Peter Kater Dancing on Water
[40]
2019 Opium Moon Opium Moon [41]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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