‘Love Language’ by Wouter Kellerman scores ‘Best World Music Album’ nomination in the 58th Annual Grammy® Awards.
December 7, 2015, Los Angeles: Award-winning flautist and composer Wouter Kellerman has been nominated for the prestigious 58th GRAMMY® AWARDS for his album ‘LOVE LANGUAGE’ (http://www.lovelanguagemusic.
com) in the BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR category. It was announced today by The Recording Academy. This is Kellerman’s second nomination – he was nominated last year as well, and went on to win his first Grammy earlier this year.
‘LOVE LANGUAGE’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart and continued to be in the Top 10 for the next 5 weeks. This masterful collaborative album by Kellerman also debuted at #1 on the ZMR World Radio Charts and spent 10 weeks in the top 40 of the CMJ New World Charts. It has been a great year for Kellerman, as he performed sold out shows across the world, including at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. The boundary-breaking Contemporary Instrumental album ‘LOVE LANGUAGE’ is Kellerman’s fourth release. Drawing influence from Senegal and Spain, Cuba and India, Greece and the United States, Love Language encapsulates the myriad ways we connect on the topics of life and love — and the countless languages with which we speak of the universal connection that binds us to one another. The album includes collaborations with various South African musicians, including the Soweto Gospel Choir, The Soil and Anna Davel.
“The theme of being loving joins us all together,” says Kellerman, “and music bridges all cultural gaps, becoming a universal language that communicates across seemingly insurmountable barriers. Some people show love by giving presents or by complimenting someone, spending time or by touch”, he continues. “My love language is music,” he says with a smile. On being nominated, Wouter Kellerman said: “I am simply overwhelmed by this nomination! It is extremely heartening to know that all our hard work is being recognized. This album has truly transcended borders and cultural barriers and I hope the positive energy created will help effect positive change in the world. I feel very privileged to be in such good company and wish my fellow nominees all the very best”. Wouter Kellerman will grace the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday February 15th, 2016 for the evening billed as Music’s Biggest Night®. The broadcast will commence on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
‘LOVE LANGUAGE’ Reviews:
* “I loved every moment, wonderful flute playing” – Sir James Galway)
* “An extraordinary master flautist” – Don Albert, Jazzaholic Journalist.
* “I highly recommend this album for a refreshing listen that will give renewed faith to the power and resilience of the human spirit and make you long for the album to never end.” – Dana Wright *****
* “He musically flirts with the flavours of Latin America, ropes in the rhythmic world of South Africa, borrows improvisatory elements from jazz, while firmly anchoring these influences in his classical and acoustical Roots” – Creative Feel
* “Love Language is a huge powerful production that can best be described by the word “epic” in capital letters with a few exclamation points” Michael Diamond
* “Wouter shows that music goes across cultures and color, it comes from the heart” – Glenn Masokane, Director Cultural Development, Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa
About Wouter Kellerman:
Globe-trotting flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman received a 2015 Grammy® Award at the 57th Annual Grammy® Awards for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej. Winds Of Samsara reached #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart and also peaked at #1 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 International Radio Airplay Chart in the month of July 2014, winning both the ZMR ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best World Album’ awards.
Kellerman has also been recognised at home, most recently winning three SAMA’s (South African Music Award, equivalent to the American Grammy) in 2015 to add to his previous wins in 2010 and 2011, reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians. Whether writing intricate instrumental compositions or delighting audiences with a magnetic alchemy of warmth and technical mastery, Kellerman finds his inspiration in the spaces between cultures and countries, genres and disciplines. He thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures, and colors that his flute can bring, pushing the instrument into new planes of creativity.
The last few years have seen Kellerman performing in Berlin, Shanghai, New York, Sydney, and beyond, including an appearance in front of 700-million people as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremony. Recent appearances include a performance at the Grammy Museum in LA in 2014 and concerts at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and 2015.
Passionate about teaching and empowering young people, Kellerman has sponsored the living expenses of ten children in the SOS Children’s Village in Ennerdale, South Africa for the past 15 years. For his continued efforts in helping give these children a better life, Kellerman was nominated for the Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy.
Kellerman’s strikingly original flute-playing can be heard on the soundtrack of the Emmy Award-winning film, Eye of the Leopard.