San Francisco, CA, July 08, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Bay Area composer/pianist Wendy Loomis has submitted recently-released CD “High Tech, High Touch” for consideration for a GRAMMY Award in the "best contemporary instrumental" category. The double CD album is a reflection upon our current love/hate relationship with technology. “High Tech” is a series of 8 synthesizer and drum loop pieces with a sprinkling of ‘real instruments’ including the ancient pan flute, lyrical violin, and the most recent instrumental invention the hypnotic hang drum. “High Touch” is a series of 8 strictly acoustic piano pieces. One is necessary to balance the other.
Last year Wendy submitted “We All Bleed Red (Steady for Justice)” for consideration in the ‘best rap song’ category. Together with poet/spoken word artist Royal Kent, Wendy wrote the music and played piano on this track. As two renowned individual artists, Kent and Loomis formed combined creative forces in the late 1990s to form the spoken word jazz ensemble COPUS. Since then the band has released an array of CDs and performed at festivals, clubs, theaters and private events throughout the U.S. The first submission to the GRAMMY Awards was in 2016 with COPUS’ full-length CD, “Aspects,” in the "best spoken word album" category.
In order to submit to the GRAMMYs, it is necessary to be a voting member of the Recording Academy. Due to having an extensive catalog of professionally recorded and released CDs, Wendy was eligible to be a voting member and thus joined in 2016. In addition to submitting material, Ms. Loomis also listens to and can vote for in up to 15 of the 84 categories. This is a very time-consuming yet fascinating nonpaid job of checking out creative projects by fellow artists. In addition, voting members are eligible to purchase tickets to the annual award show. Wendy Loomis and Royal Kent thus attended the GRAMMY Award ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York in January 2018. The televised portion of the show includes 11 awards for the biggest moneymakers in the business while the afternoon non-televised portion includes 75 awards for independent artists of many genres including jazz, classical, world, reggae, and blues to name a few. The Awards in early 2019 will return to Los Angeles.
Ms. Loomis earned a master's degree in arts education from Syracuse University, a bachelor's degree in creative arts from Denison University, has released 17 CDs, has written music for numerous independent films along with ensembles COPUS and Phoenix Rising, and teaches piano in her private studio. Perhaps this year she can add a GRAMMY nomination of "High Tech, High Touch" to her resume.
"High Tech, High Touch" is available for purchase on iTunes or CDBaby.