Friday, July 25, 2014

Studio Update: Arthur Gottschalk's "Requiem for the Living"

We are very excited to announce that earlier this month we returned from several days in St. Petersburg, Russia with composer and PARMA artist Arthur Gottschalk recording his piece titled "Requiem for the Living" with the St. Petersburg State Symphony and St. Petersburg Voices. This piece is a large-scale requiem that draws upon myriad American musical traditions

Vice President of A&R Sam Renshaw and CEO Bob Lord spent a week with Arthur and his wife Shelley Johnson in the beautiful and historic St. Petersburg (once called "the Venice of the North"). With over 45 minutes of music, there is still more to be done! We will be continuing to work on this requiem in subsequent sessions including full chorus and vocal soloists. The project is scheduled to be released in 2015 on Navona Records: http://www.navonarecords.com/

(Left to Right): VP of A&R Sam Renshaw,
Arthur Gottschalk, and CEO Bob Lord

Dr. Arthur Gottschalk is an award-winning composer and Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Gottschalk attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition and English Literature, and his Doctorate in Music Composition. He has been awarded several prestigious awards including the Bogliasco Fellowship for further work in Italy as well as the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works can be found on several releases including MOTO PERPETUO: MOVING WORKS FOR CELLO, released on Navona Records in March of last year:  http://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv5901/


Below are some additional photos from the recording sessions. We're excited to continue our work on this ambitious project!



(Left to Right): Arthur Gottschalk, Shelley Johnson, and Sam Renshaw



PARMA Music Festival Performer Spotlight: The Redline Brass Quintet

Coming up in a few weeks will be the second annual PARMA Music Festival. As part of the main event we're excited to present one of Boston's finest new chamber ensembles. Formed by five New England Conservatory graduates, the Redline Brass Quintet consists of trumpeters Kyle Spraker and Andrew Moreschi, Nick Rubenstein on French Horn, Christopher Moore on Tenor Trombone, and Philip Hyman on Bass Trombone.

The Quintet's mission is to showcase great music of all periods and styles to audiences everywhere. They have performed in numerous recitals and premiered several new works for brass quintet, most recently John Morrison's "A Conquest of Cold." The Quintet is also committed to community outreach, working with the Discovery Ensemble to bring the music of Leonard Bernstein and other great composers into schools throughout Boston, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain. 

The Quintet will be performing at the PARMA Music Festival's main event on Saturday the 16th at The Music Hall. The concert begins at 7 PM and will also feature performances by the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Chris Klaxton and the State Line Big Band, longtime PARMA artist Ovidiu Marinescu, and others. 

Tickets for the main event are on sale now for $20. They can be purchased online at www.themusichall.org, by phone at (603)-436-2400, or at the box office at 28 Chestnut St. in Portsmouth.

Take a listen to the Quintet using the Soundcloud player below.








Thursday, July 24, 2014

PARMA Music Festival Spotlight: Portsmouth Pro Musica

Today, our performer spotlight shines on Portsmouth Pro Musica, a seacoast choral ensemble dedicated to providing an enriching musical experience to both members and audiences through the scholarship and presentation of diverse repertoire. Drawing voices from New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northern Massachusetts, the chorus is known for the warmth and energy of its sound, adventurous programming and excellent musicianship.

Check out the link below for a moving excerpt from PPM's performance of Mozart's Requiem:

http://ppmnh.org/PWCPPM/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/05-Dies-Irae.mp3

You can also view their main website and their Facebook page through the following links:

Portsmouth Pro Musica will be performing at the PARMA Music Festival’s main event on Saturday, August 16thThis concert will also feature performances by Romanian cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Boston-based singer-songwriter Sarah Borrello, the Redline Brass Quintet, Chris Klaxton & State Line Big Band, oudist Mac Ritchey, and clarinetist Matthias Muller. Tickets for this concert are $20; they're on sale now and can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH, by phone at (603) 436-2400 or online at www.themusichall.org.

For more for more information and a complete schedule, check out http://parmamusicfestival.org. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PARMA Music Festival Performer Spotlight: Clara Berry and Wooldog

Today we shine the spotlight on New England's own Clara Berry, a songwriter out of southern Maine whose music has been described by the Portland Press Herald as "sparkling and dark, intriguing and entrancing."

Clara's songs have a unique air about them, combining elements of folk, classical, and rock with a smooth, smoky voice that subtly demands a second listen. Fans of Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, and Ingrid Michaelson will wonder why she's not on their iPods already.

This summer Clara has been touring all around New England and New York with multi-instrumentalist Joe O'Neill as Clara Berry and Wooldog in support of their latest single "Riches & the Girls," which they recorded with The Hold Steady producer Dean Baltulonis. You can download their album "The Magician's Wife" by joining their mailing list on the "Listen" page on their website.

Clara will be performing as part of the New England Artists Showcase at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse on Friday, August 15th. The show is 21+ and starts at 8 PM with a suggested donation of $5. You can also catch her at The Music Hall in Portsmouth opening up for New York-harp-phenom Mikaela Davis next Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

Until then, you can hear more from Clara by visiting her website or by checking out her SoundCloud player below.




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PARMA Music Festival Performer Spotlight: Juan Álamo


Today's performer spotlight is on Dr. Juan Álamo, a composer with as much to say with his pencil as with his mallets.

A marimba player since the age of 16, Dr. Álamo holds the distinction of becoming the first Puerto Rican to earn a Doctorate Degree in percussion.

Dr. Álamo will be trekking up to Portsmouth, NH from North Carolina, where he serves as Associate Professor and Director of the Percussion Ensemble at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

No stranger to the stage, Dr. Álamo has performed with a who's who of music's modern giants, including Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, and Keiko Abe. His playing has been featured on radio, stage, and screen throughout North and South America.

Dr. Álamo will be performing as part of the PARMA Artists Concert at the North Church of Portsmouth at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 13. For a sample of his new album MARIMJAZZIA, check out the Big Round Records release page or the player below. For more information, visit www.juanalamo.com (or come hear him at the festival - you won't regret it).