What’s it like to be nominated for a Grammy? For Marc Regnier, the recognition is “a real energy rush that’s lasted several weeks. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” he says. The College of Charleston guitar department chair was selected in the Best Chamber Music Performance category for his recent recording of the chamber and solo works of Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali (Dorian/Sono Luminus).
Grammy-winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones and four-time Grammy-nominated producers Marina and Victor Ledin shepherded the project, recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California. The team also included former student Marco Sartor (guitar) and fellow faculty members Tacy Edwards (flute) and Natalia Khoma (cello). “We’re fortunate to have world-class musicians at the college,” says Regnier of his colleagues.
While classical category winners will be awarded prior to the February 13 show, they will be announced during the broadcast, with all nominees welcomed to the grand gala. Naturally, Regnier will travel to Los Angeles for the ceremony. Though it’s still a bit early to bask in the spoils of victory, he is enjoying the recognition and the rush accompanying his nomination. “The excitement now causes me to wake up in the middle of the night just to work on music,” he says. “Too bad it’s not every day, though that would probably leave me exhausted!”