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Ask Your Mama (Clearances by CSUSA Member DEBORAH EVANS) Wins Two Grammys

Friday, February 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Copyright Society Member Deborah Evans is pleased to announce that an album for which her company, Della Music Publishing, handled clearances has won two Grammy Awards.

Ask Your Mama is a multimedia setting of Langston Hughes's poem “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz." It was composed by Laura Karpman and commissioned by Carnegie Hall, where it premiered to a sold-out crowd.

At the Grammy Awards in February, the recording ofAsk Your Mama won Best Engineered Album, Classical, and its producer, Judith Sherman, won Producer of the Year, Classical.

Ask Your Mama the musical work interweaves an archival recording of Hughes' reading and commenting on his poem with Karpman's score, which evokes jazz, hip-hop, opera, spirituals, Arabic, African and German music and more. The album's cast includes sopranos Janai Brugger and Angela Brown, hip-hop artists the Roots and Medusa, jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. It also incorporates recordings from icons such as Louis Armstrong and Leotyne Pryce. It was conducted by George Manahan.

Della Music handled the clearances of the recordings and songs in the piece. Deborah is now working on bringing a performance of the work to New Orleans, where her company is based. Deborah started Della Music Publishing in 2007 after working with Harry Fox Agency and Helene Blue Musique, and Stray Dog Music. She recently helped organize our 2016 Mid-Winter Meeting in New Orleans and moderated a panel entitled "Local Artists and Copyright."

To learn more about the work, please It can be purchased through Amazon and iTunes.

To learn more about Deborah and Della Music Publishing, please visit

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