Grammy Award nominated Fresno City College professor

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FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – A music teacher at a college in the city of Fresno has been nominated for one of music’s top honors, the Grammy Award.

Plucking the strings of his guitar, Dr. Kevin Cooper looks back on the moment he discovered he was nominated for one of the music industry’s most prestigious awards, the Grammy. He was nominated with several other musicians in the category “Best classical collection”.

Dr Cooper, who teaches guitar at Fresno City College, is a founding member of Agave Baroque, an instrumental group that performs chamber music centuries old.

The nominated project, “American Originals: A New World, A New Canon”, of which he is a part, celebrates four centuries of music by black and brown composers from North and South America, which he is delighted to finally be. recognized.

“We’re really happy to share this music, and people are just hungry to hear it,” says Dr. Cooper.

Classical and baroque guitarist, he says his appointment highlights an often overlooked style of music.

“There isn’t the slightest hint of a mismatch, everything comes straight from the source and recognizes a real human experience,” says Dr. Cooper.

Now a Grammy nominee, Dr. Cooper will know if he wins when the 64e The Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles in January.

“There are so many deserving projects and so many amazing musicians, the names on the list are just you know, household names,” says Dr. Cooper.

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