Rachel Harris wins ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for liner notes to Borderlands: Music of Central Asia Vol. 10
ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) announced the winners of the 45th Deems Taylor Awards. The awards are given annually for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. Among the winners this year is University of London ethnomusicologist Rachel Harris for her liner notes to Borderlands: Music of Central Asia Vol. 10. The 2012 album by pipa virtuoso Wu Man and other master musicians from the Silk Route explores the musical connections between China and Central Asia and features a 48-page booklet and bonus DVD.
This is the second Deems Taylor Award for the Music of Central Asia series, joining the 2011 award to series-producer Theodore Levin for the liner notes to volumes 7, 8, and 9.
Smithsonian Folkways artist Stephen Wade was also among this year’s winners for his book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, in which Wade explores the stories behind thirteen Library of Congress field recordings recorded between 1934 and 1942. His 2012 album Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition was nominated for a GRAMMY for best liner notes.