Afiara Quartet and Skratch BastidSpin Cycle
Category:Instrumental Album of the Year
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Afiara Quartet has been called “a revelation” (La Presse). They are winners of the international competitions Concert Artists Guild (New York), Munich ARD International Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition where they also won the Szekely Prize for Best Beethoven. Following residencies at The Juilliard School, they are the Fellowship Quartet at Toronto’s The Royal Conservatory. The Afiara has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Esterhazy Palace.
Performing over 15 years, Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid’s victories at renowned competitions like Disco Mix Club (DMC) and International Turntablist Federation (ITF) sparked international interest and his three-time grand champion titles at the prestigious hip hop competition Scribble Jam, heralded Skratch Bastid’s position as a “DJ’s DJ.” His commitment to his work is further cemented by JUNO Award-nominated collaborations with Buck 65 and Shad. Skratch Bastid is a judge of the Red Bull Thre3style Competition.