On Saturday March 23, 2013 Simon Steen-Andersen’s portrait album ”Pretty Sound” won the Norwegian Grammy Spellemann 2012.
The Spellemann Grammy has since its first ceremony in 1973 been seen as Norway’s most prestigious music award. It is given out every year to artists and rights holders, who have contributed considerably to the music life the past year. The aim for the Spellemann Grammy is to honour, inspire and motivate all musicians and to strengthen the unity across genres in the music life.
“Pretty Sound” was recorded by the Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa and released on Dacapo Records in 2011. The Danish newspaper Politiken’s Henrik Friis wrote: “With its three-dimensional sound production the CD is a deeply fascinating introduction to the young composer, who right now, more than any other in his generation, show us the way forward.”
The Spellemann award show was held at Stavanger’s Concert house and broadcasted live on the Norwegian TV channel NRK 1. The show featured 18 categories, where “Pretty Sound” was nominated in the category “Samtid” (contemporary).