Thursday, October 03, 2019

Hannah Topp aka Aldous Harding win 2019 APRA Silver Scroll for The Barrell 



Aldous Harding (Hannah Topp) has taken out this year's APRA Silver Scroll Award for her amazing song The Barrel.   This is the second time she's been a finalist and conveyed her delight at winning over a video message played at last night's award Ceremony at park Arena in Auckland.

The Award was presented to her father by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Jancida Adern. 



“Thanks everybody. I think it’s wonderful you believe in us so much," she said "and congratulations to the other nominees…I’ll put the money towards making the same happy mistake again.”



The last three years have been huge for Topp, having signed to 4AD in 2017, moved to Wales, releasing her second album Party (it won the Taite Music Prize in 2018). Now she's dropped her third album, called Designer to great acclaim.  Both albums were made in collaboration with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey and Sparklehorse). 

Last night's event was hosted by a fast and loose Madeleine Sami, whose jokes sometimes went a little bit haywire.  Sadly no TV station wanted to broadcast and we had to resort to watching it on RNZ.  Thank goodness for them!

Groove listeners would have caught her stunning permormance at WOMAD 2 years ago. But you may have seen her more recently as she tours relentlessly, with hundreds of show dates across Europe, USA, Aussie and over here in Aotearoa.

For Musicians and music industry people the Silver Scroll Award is special because it's voted for by APRA members, and is the best peer approval you can get, a stunning acknowledgment from fellow songwriters. For Topp, it recognises her memorable and daring work (on The Barrel). Her name will be long rembered next to Marlon Williams, Bic Runga, Ruban and Kody Nielson, Scribe and P Money, Chris Knox, Dave Dobbyn, and Shona Laing.

We at Groove were also delighted to see the return of one of our most admired jazz musicians Nathan Haines, back after his battle with throat cancer. He was music director of tonight’s show - the 54th APRA Silver Scrolls ceremony.

Tyna Keelan, Angelique Te Rauna and Matauranga Te Rauna recieved the APRA Maioha Award (which recognises exceptional waiata in te reo Māori), celebrated for their rich and heartfelt ballad Ka Ao.

Capital composer Michael Norris took out the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for the 3rd time! (2014 - for Inner Phases; 2018 for Sygyt). This time it was for his work Sama Violin Concerto, written for violinist Amalia Hall.

Ex-Supergoove(er) Karl Steven won his second APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award for his dark and bold score for the TV series The Bad Seed (a twisted drama of politics and power based on the stories by author Charlotte Grimshaw).

Mike Newport snapped up the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award for his music in the 80's inspired time-travelling heist film Mega Time Squad.

Writer Chris Bourke was the perfect choice to introduce us to the induction of Ruru Karaitiana, Pixie Williams, and Jim Carter into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.  They really need know introduction. The trio created Aotearoa’s first ever true pop song Blue Smoke in 1949 - written, performed, recorded and made (in shellac) in aotearoa! There was a beautiful tribute performance inte Reo and English by Lisa Tomlins and Kirsten Te Rito backed by Riki Gooch, Jacqui Nyman, Mark Sommerville, James Illingworth, Nick Atkinson, Matthew Verrill, Luca Manghi and Paul McLaney's Black Quartet.

You can catch the special video made for the evening, which pays tribute to Blue Smoke here:  http://grooveradio.blogspot.com/2019/10/ruru-karaitiana-pixie-williams-and-jim.html

The winner of all awards were:
APRA Silver Scroll: Hannah Topp aka Aldous Harding – The Barrel
APRA Maioha Award: Tyna Keelan, Angelique Te Rauna and Matauranga Te Rauna – Ka Ao
SOUNZ Contemporary Award: Michael Norris – Sama Violin Concerto
APRA Best Original Music in a Series: Karl Steven – The Bad Seed
APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film: Mike Newport – Mega Time Squad
Hall of Fame: Ruru Karaitiana, Pixie Williams, and Jim Carter

http://apraamcos.co.nz

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