Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New PARMA Artist: David DeVasto

PARMA is pleased to introduce Chicago-based composer David DeVasto to our roster of artists. David is a pianist and Assistant Professor of Music at Elmhurst College, where he teaches lessons in composition, music theory, piano, and improvisation.

As a piano player, David has shared the stage with a number of well respected artists in the classical and jazz fields, including clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and bassist Tyrone Wheeler.

David has signed on to release “Winter Seven,” a 7-movement song cycle for baritone voice, choir, and chamber ensemble on an upcoming multi-composer release on Navona Records next year.

As David describes, each movement of "Winter Seven" illustrates a different "of literal winter and the more 'wintry,' cold, even brutal aspects of human experience," while "[struggling] toward some intimation of acceptance and hope." The recording features a collaboration between students and faculty of the Elmhurst College Music Department.

To learn more about David and to hear some of his music, check out the SoundCloud player below or head over to his website here

The Tornado Project

Tornado Project - Esther Lamneck (clarinet), Elisabeth McNutt (flute) and computer

PARMA is pleased to announce our collaboration with THE TORNADO PROJECT to release a program of works for flute, clarinet, and electronics in 2015.

THE TORNADO PROJECT is a set of works written for and performed by clarinetist Esther Lamneck and flutist Elizabeth McNutt featuring computer-generated sounds.

Each piece highlights a unique approach to this combination of electronic and acoustic timbres, resulting in an eclectic album that breaks the barrier between instrumental chamber and electro-acoustic music.

Imaginary FriendsThis release marks the return of University of North Texas professor Andrew May, whose album IMAGINARY FRIENDS was released in 2012 on Ravello Records. Along with Andrew, we're happy to be working with a host of new PARMA composers, including Robert Rowe, Eric Lyon, Paul WilsonRicardo Climent, and Russell Pinkston.

THE TORNADO PROJECT will be released next spring on Ravello Records. For more information in the meantime, you can visit the official website here.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cellist Carmine Miranda Wins Gold and Silver Medals from Global Music Awards

We are pleased to announce that PARMA artist Carmine Miranda is the winner of Gold and Silver Medals from the Global Music Awards!

As stated on their website (, "Global Music Awards is a showcase for original music, unique voices and emerging artists." Carmine is certainly a singular voice in contemporary music, being one of the youngest cellists to record Bach's Six Cello Suites and Alfredo Piatti's 12 Caprices for Solo Cello. Along with his Gold Medal for best emerging artist and instrumentalist, he has received the distinction "Best of Show."

Photo by Cody Vickers
Carmine also won a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement for his Navona Records album PIATTI: 12 CAPRICES FOR SOLO CELLO, which was released in October 2014. Carmine's album has been hailed by critics such as Mary Ellyn Hutton who calls it "an important contribution to the cello’s recorded repertoire." In addition, MusicWeb International exclaims, "Miranda announces his arrival as a cellist of immense musicality and polished technique."

You can find out more about Carmine on his website as well as follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

PIATTI: 12 CAPRICES FOR SOLO CELLO can be purchased through all major retailers including the ones below:


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nicolas Kaviani: "Te Deum" Kickstarter under 48 hours left

Nicolas Kaviani
In September, PARMA teamed up with Los Angeles composer Nicolas Kaviani to record his setting of Te Deum, followed by an a'capella work entitled "Tous les matins du monde," both to be included on an upcoming release through PARMA Recordings.

Nicolas launched a Kickstarter campaign to help offset some of the financial expenses he had to incur during the production of this project and is over 80% of the way funded! There are less than 48 hours remaining in his campaign and he needs a little more support. 

You can see a trailer from the forthcoming DVD by director Alexis Hellot and listen to an excerpt from his setting of Te Deum below. Learn more about the project and support Nicolas here - Some of the limited rewards are going   

2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition Calls for Orchestral Scores

We're pleased to announce that the submission period for the 2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition is now open! 

Our 4th annual competition calls for scores for full orchestra with the standard configuration of 2, 2, 2, 2 – 4, 3, 3, 1 – percussion – strings, with optional piano and harp. Pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes in duration, and entrants should be 30 years or younger (as of January 31, 2015) and currently studying composition either at an institution or through private instruction. There is no entry fee.

Ten (10) winners will be selected to have their works published in the 2015 PARMA Anthology of Music. You can check out the previous Anthologies here.

Three (3) Grand Prize Winners will receive readings and archival recordings of their scores by a full symphony orchestra via PARMA’s PrimaVista program. All costs will be fully subsidized by PARMA.

Visit the competition's FAQ page for more information.

The submission deadline for scores is January 31, 2015

Submit your score by clicking here!

Student Composer Competition Timeline
December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 – Submission period
February/March 2015 – Judging period
April 2015 – Winners announced
Summer 2015 – Reading sessions