It’s a start of the school year at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Latin Grammy nominations were announced last week, and included in the stellar list was one Frost School faculty member, and three alumni (of which one is a current graduate student).
Julio Reyes Copello (MM ’00), a Frost graduate who worked with another Frost alumnus Carlos Fernando Lopez on the “No Vaya a Ser” album, received three Latin Grammy nominations:
- Record of the Year (Category 1): No Vaya a Ser – Record producer and recording engineer
- Album of the year (Category 2): Prometo – Album producer, recording engineer, and album mixer
- Producer of the Year (Category 47):
- Ciudad De Papel (Malú)
- El Valor De Seguir Adelante (Laura Pausini)
- Las Cuentas (Ana Mena)
- Porque Nadie Sabe (Fonseca Featuring Nahuel Pennisi)
- Prometo (Pablo Alborán)
- Saturno (Pablo Alborán)
- Un Canto Nuevo (Juan Antonio Cuéllar y Luis Torres Zuleta)
Carlos Fernando Lopez (BM ’12), a Frost alumi and current graduate composition student was involved in projects nominated in four categories. Carlos received two Latin Grammy Nominations:
- Album of the Year (Category 2): Prometo – Recording engineer and mixer
- Record of the Year (Category 1): No Vaya a Ser – Recording engineer
In addition to those two nominations, Carlos worked as an arranger, performer, programmer and engineer in Pablo Alboran’s album Prometo which was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and also as arranger, performer, conductor, engineer and mixer in Laura Pausini's album Hazte Sentir which was nominated in the same category. Carlos also co-produced the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá’s album 50 Años Tocando Para Ti, which was nominated for Best Engineered Album. In 2015 Carlos won a Grammy for his participation as arranger, performer, and engineer in Ricky Martin's album A Quien Quiera. “I’m very grateful to be part of these nominations and also very happy to be back at the Frost School of Music,” exclaimed Carlos. Dorothy Hindman, Carlos’ current graduate composition professor at Frost stated “He’s my student and he LOVES it at Frost. I’m a proud “mama”.
Frost alumnus, pianist and composer Jorge Mejia (MM ’95) was nominated in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category, for his Prelude in F, as recorded with the Frost School’s own Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra!
Mejia commented: “I cut my teeth practicing at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami while pursuing my undergraduate degree back in the day. Two decades later I got to record with Frost’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra in what would become An Open Book, a recording released via Sony Music Latin. At that point I thought that the process had gone full circle - but now, with a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Composition category for a work out of that release, I realize that the sky is the limit with what started so many years ago in those practice rooms I now remember so fondly.”
Dafnis Prieto, Frost School of Music Drums Assistant Professor of Practice received a nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album (Category 31) for his album Back To The Sunset recorded with his big band. This nomination adds to his numerous achievements including a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Absolute Quintet in the Best Latin Jazz Album category.“I’m excited that my latest album ‘Back to the Sunset’ received a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album! Thank you to the Academy, to all the musicians who beautifully played on this recording, including one of the featured artists, friend and Frost School of Music colleague Brian Lynch,” stated Dafnis.
Raquel Sofia (BM ’09), Frost alumna who was nominated in the category of Best Singer-Songwriter Album (Category 21), making this her second Latin Grammy nomination since being nominated as Best New Artist in 2015. Sofia is considered an indie phenomenon to come out this decade. Before releasing an album, she had already written and performed with some of the most popular and influential artists in the Latin market including Shakira and Juanes. Sofia happily stated: “2:00 AM” is the album I always wanted to make. It’s a reflection of who I am as a woman, as a songwriter, and as a musician. It’s an honor to be nominated in such a prestigious category as “Best Singer-Songwriter Album” with music that is so close to my heart. I’m very grateful and honestly, still in shock.”
Photo Credit for Julio Reyes - Laura Coppelman