(Persia Digest) – The first album of the “Opium Moon” ensemble has won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album at the 61st edition of the awards.
Iranian composer and santur player, Hamid Saeidi, is a member of the Opium Moon. Other members of the group include Lili Hydn (violinist and vocalist), M B Gordi (percussion), and Itai Disraeli (fretless bass).
Works by Opium Moon are instrumental improvisations and songs created with Iranian classical music with an Eastern spirit.
In his Grammy acceptance speech, Saeidi said he is representing the Iranian culture, art and music. He said the prize was a great honor for his fellow Iranians all over the globe. The Los Angeles-based artist added: “It’s another proof of the fact that music is about love, music is against war.” He ended his speech by thanking all Iranians in Persian.
After Kayhan Kalhor, Saeidi is the second Iranian musician to win a Grammy as a member of a musical group. Ramin Javadi, Ali Payami and Ilya Salmanzadeh are other Iranian musicians who have been nominated for Grammys in previous years.
The 61st Grammy Awards ceremony was held on 10 February 2019 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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