Artist-in-Residence Stephen Wade presented with 2013 ARSC Awards for Excellence

Stephen Wade
August 15, 2013

2013 Grammy nominee Stephen Wade, an Artist and Scholar in Residence at the George Washington University, has been selected as a 2013 ARSC Awards for Excellence recipient. A recognition given by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Wade was awarded Best History in the category Best Research in Folk World, or Ethnic Music for his book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press). Founded in 1991, ARSC recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of recorded sound, encourages high standards and promotes awareness of superior works. Awards are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound.

Now in its fourth printing, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, is a product of Wade’s eighteen years of effort and near-lifetime involvement as a performer, researcher, and musician that presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of thirteen performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains.

Wade is currently acting as a GW Artist and Scholar in Residence. GW’s Artist and Scholar in Residence program strives to foster an interdisciplinary approach to creative research and scholarship over an intensive ten-month period by providing a physical and intellectual space for the development of meaningful artistic and scholarly linkages across the arts and other disciplines, both on and off campus. He will be performing at Jack Morton Auditorium on GW’s campus October 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The concert, The Beautiful Music All Around Us, is free and open to the public.