TV/Film Composer Steven Chesne's World Music Album "Sapient: A Cantata of Peace" Racking Up Awards
From World Music Awards (Gold Medals for "Best Album" and "Best Composition,") to John Lennon Songwriting Contest ("Best World Music Song") and International Media & Entertainment Awards ("Spiritual Album of the Year"); Nyansapo sales benefit UNICEF
By: Steven Chesne
Listen to "Sapient," http://www.chezworks.com/
"Sapient" honors to date:
· Global Music Awards (Gold Medals for "Best Album" and "Best Composition")
· John Lennon Songwriting Contest ("Best World Music Song")
· International Songwriting Competition ("Best Composition")
· International Music & Entertainment Awards ("Spiritual Album of the Year")
· Clouzine Int'l Music Awards ("Best World Music Album")
· Hollywood Music in Media Awards (Official Nominee)
· Chesne special featured guest on influencer Holly Shaw's iTunes podcast "Performers & Creators Lab" discussing "Sapient," premiers today, http://www.performersandcreatorslab.com
In preparation for recording, Chesne met with historians, translators, clergy, monks, rabbis, imams, linguists, etc., to study these sacred writings. He chose vocalists who had deep understandings of the traditions they were interpreting, so they felt comfortable being naturally expressive.
"Bringing these powerful teachings back into the spotlight during this challenging phase of our evolution, made this the most important project I've ever done," said Chesne, a long-time voting member of The Recording Academy. "The response has been thrilling and humbling. If I were lucky enough for 'Sapient' to receive a GRAMMY® nomination, this music and these universal truths would reach the widest of audiences, and that's always been my goal."
"… this is an album for the entire world, without doubt." -- Steve Sheppard, Music Reviewer
Chesne's prolific career has spanned from symphonic to film and television. He has composed more than 300 primetime television scores, including "Batman: The Animated Series," "Family Matters," and "Hanging with Mr. Cooper." He also has scored 17 theatrical art-house films, and ASCAP formally recognized his creative contribution to art-house cinema. His orchestral works include four symphonies, two concertos, two orchestral suites, and more.
Married to Diane Chesne, a concert pianist, the couple has two sons, Dimitri and Dorian.