ALIAS Chamber Ensemble has received its sixth Nashville Scene Best of Nashville award, as announced in this week’s edition of the weekly newspaper. We’re proud of our work as collaborators with the Ballet, and we’re ecstatic that Nashville Scene writer John Pitcher recognized ALIAS cellist Matt Walker’s piece, “Arabian Blues” with this honor. Thank you!
Here’s the full post from the Scene‘s, John Pitcher:
BEST NEW MODERN DANCE COMPOSITION: NASHVILLE BALLET AND ALIAS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE’S ARABIAN BLUES
Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling’s sweetly intimate dance received its premiere in May as part of the ballet’s Emergence series. Alias composer and cellist Matt Walker created an imaginative score that was filled with Persian modalities and bluesy riffs — hence the title of the score. It also included places for the performers to improvise. Not surprisingly, the musicians and dancers were equal to that challenge and delivered performances that were stylish and spontaneous.