Here’s a list of Bay Area Grammy winners and some accompanying notes, compiled by Cy Musiker, the host of KQED News’ weekly arts segment The Do List.
Best Banda Or Norteño Album
Album: Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends, by Los Tigres Del Norte [Fonovisa]
Los Tigres are based in San Jose. They’re huge throughout California, the Southwest and Mexico.
Best Opera Recording
Doctor Atomic, by John Adams
The Metropolitan Opera, Alan Gilbert, conductor; Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn & Eric Owens; Jay David Saks, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus) [Sony Classical]
This recording won for an Adams opera that premiered at San Francisco Opera two or three seasons ago. Adams lives in Berkeley.
Best Album Notes
Album: Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond
As recorded by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s. Adam Machado, album notes writer (Various Artists) [Arhoolie Records]
Chris Strachwitz runs El Cerrito’s Arhoolie Records (a record label and publisher) and Down Home Records (record store at same location in El Cerrito featuring roots music). The album is a four-CD set with lots of music from Strachwitz’s career (he’s like a modern Alan Lomax) discovering and recording musicians from the world of blues, Tejano, jazz, and folk.