Monday, October 18, 2010

Phillip Bimstein's Red Rock Rondo Wins Regional Emmys

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Science's Rocky Mountain Chapter recently gave the Red Rock Rondo music special two Emmy Awards: Best Arts Entertainment Program and Best Musical Composition.

Made by the Western Folklife Center in cooperation with KUED-TV and produced by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis, the hour-long film was shot in and around majestic Zion National Park.

The award-winning music was composed by Phillip Bimstein with arrangements by Red Rock Rondo.

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Bimstein originally wrote his Zion Canyon Song Cycle on a grant from the nationwide Continental Harmony commissioning program of the American Composers Forum. The music is performed by an all-star ensemble on a lively assortment of guitars, violins, oboe, English horn, mandolin, banjo, mandocello, harmonica, button accordion, jaw harp, upright bass and vocals.

A CD is now available.

Starkland has released two Bimstein CDs: Garland Hirschi's Cows and Larkin Gifford's Harmonica.

Read more about Bimstein.