Yesterday evening I received this email from Barrett:
I just got the Grammy ballots today and congratulations, you all made the cut. I have attached the pdfs for the three categories of New Age, Jazz, and Folk so you can see your competition. So to help you find your names (it’s alphabetical) here are the numbers:
Ottmar Liebert (One Guitar) and Stephen Duros (Thira) are both listed in the Best New Age album category as Stephen #032 and Ottmar #059
Jon Gagan (Transit 2) is listed in Best Contemporary Jazz Album as #021
Round Mountain (Truth and Darkness) is listed in Best Traditional Folk Album as #042
For your consideration, if you are voting member of Naras.
The first selection was made by Grammy commitees and this first vote is made by members of Naras, who received ballots in the mail. Their vote decides which 5 items are officially nominated in each category. A second set of ballots will then be sent out that decides the winner from the five choices.
PS: and let’s not forget Rahim AlHaj and Souhail Kaspar who are listed in the Traditional World Music Album category with When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq – #001!!