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Utah State University professor on Grammy-nominated team

First Published Jan 24 2014 08:36 am • Last Updated Jan 24 2014 04:12 pm

Corey Christiansen, director of guitar studies in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, is part of the Grammy-nominated recording "River Runs: A Concerto for Jazz Guitar, Saxophone and Orchestra."

The record was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Chuck Owen. It features Christiansen on all textural guitar parts, including nylon, string, steel string, 12-string and resonator/Dobro.

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"We are very proud of Corey’s spectacular honor and achievement," said Craig Jessop, dean of the arts college, in a news release. "It doesn’t get any bigger in the music business than the Grammys."

Two tracks from "River Runs" ­— "Bound Away" and "Side Hikes — a Ridge Away" — are nominated for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement, respectively. Christiansen has worked with Owen for years and feels this recording is Owen’s crowning career achievement to date.

"The album contains epic writing, and I was honored to get special recognition in Owen’s promotion of the music," Christiansen said.

The recording is intended to guide the listener on a picturesque journey along a number of rivers of various shapes, sizes and currents.

"I’m just happy to be involved with such great musicians," Christiansen said. "All the featured musicians are world-class players at the top of their game."

Awards in these two categories will be presented during the Grammys’ Pre-Telecast Ceremony, streaming live beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at grammy.com/live.

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