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Music Prof. Allan Bell nominated for JUNO award

His work Field Notes in running for Classical Composition of the Year

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Allan Gordon Bell, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and professor of music, has been nominated for the 43th annual JUNO Awards. It’s his first JUNO nomination. His work Field Notes is in the running for Classical Composition of the Year.

“I am honoured and I am delighted to share it with everyone involved in the project: Lands End Chamber Ensemble and James Campbell who commissioned, recorded and gave the première performance of Field Notes, Mark Ellestad who was the sound engineer, and Allegra Young from Centrediscs,” says Bell.

The title of the piece, Field Notes, is a pun. While an anthropologist might go out “into the field” and return with notebooks full of observations, Bell returns from the field with actual musical notes, in this case transcribing four sensibilities, ranging from flowing rivers that unite, vivid colours in the evening sky to the evensong of nearby prairie coyotes, birds and other denizens.

Bell received a master of music degree from the University of Alberta and did advanced studies in composition at The Banff Centre. He has created works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band, and electroacoustic media, as well as scores for contemporary dance productions and an opera. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada.

The 43th annual Juno Awards will be held at Winnipeg's MTS Centre on March 30.

The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands for their artistic and technical achievements. Winners are chosen by members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, or a panel of experts, depending on the award. The awards are named for Pierre Juneau, the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former CBC president.