Friday, October 21, 2016

A Special Performance and Marga Richter's 90th Birthday!

This Sunday on October 23rd, the Long Island Composer Alliance is hosting A Special LICA Birthday Concert in honor of three long island composer birthdays, including the co-founder of LICA, and PARMA artist, Marga Richter! The event will take place at Bryant Library, 2 Paper Mill Road in Roslyn, NY.

Marga Richter has released two albums on Ravello Records, a single album, POETIC IMAGED BEYOND POETRY and a compilation album, VANGUARDS; VOLUME 2.

Marga received her Bachelor's and Master's degree from The Julliard School where she has gone on to compose 150 works, which encompass themes from every classical musical genre. Her orchestral works have been played by more than 50 orchestras, including the Atlanta and Milwaukee Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Marga says, "Composing is my response to a constant desire to transform my perceptions and emotions into music. Everything that touches me, everything I become aware of as beautiful, or mysterious, or painful, or joyful, or unknowable becomes an immediate or eventual source of inspiration. Music is the way I speak to the silence of the universe."

From all the staff here at PARMA, we'd like to wish long-time PARMA artist Marga Richter a Happy 90th Birthday! Help celebrate and honor this milestone birthday of a talented composer this coming Sunday by attending this event, sharing, and listening to her works. 

Acclaimed PARMA Artist Carmine Miranda Hits One Million Streams!

Acclaimed cellist and PARMA artist Carmine Miranda, has recently reached one million streams on Spotify for his recent Navona Records album SCHUMANN | DVOŘÁK: CONCERTI FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA!

SCHUMANN | DVOŘÁK, his second album release on Navona, his first album release with PARMA being PIATTI: 12 CAPRICES FOR SOLO CELLO in 2014. This recording put Miranda in the ranks among some of the youngest performers in the world to perform and release the 12 Caprices for solo cello by renowned cellist Carlo Alfredo Piatti (1822-1901).

Miranda's parents, both Italian immigrants, moved to the United States when Miranda was still quite young. Miranda, a Venezuelan-American, began studying music at the age of seven at the Carabobo State Music Conservatory in Venezuela where he first began studying music theory and solfege. Miranda received his Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Doctoral degree in music with honors, at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. 
PARMA Music Festival, 2015

Miranda has performed all over the world as a solo artist, in festivals, like the PARMA Music Festival, and with ensembles such as the Moravian Philharmonic and Caracas Municipal Symphony. In addition to live performances, Miranda's work has appeared on radio, TV, and PBS affiliate stations earning high praise from headline reviewers such as Gramophone, Fanfare, and Limelight Magazine

The list of awards and titles that Miranda has received doesn't end, and yet he is still so young. He has received the Coral Gables Music Club Award for “Best Instrumentalist,” first prize in the 2005 Alhambra Music Competition, and the National Orchestra Award for “Best Soloist;” which was awarded by the Florida Music Educators Associate. More recently, when Miranda's first PARMA album was released, he received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the 2014 Global Music Awards for Best show, which is the GMA highest honor. In 2016 he received another Gold medal from the Global Music Awards, and two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations. 

We asked Miranda how he felt about his most recent accomplishment of hitting one million streams on Spotify, he responded “I would like to thank the PARMA team and everyone involved in this project for all the invaluable help towards this great success. I also want to thank Naxos for their wonderful support and all of the listeners, fans, friends and critics who have supported our rendition of these works; without them, this would not have been possible. I hope to continue producing great classical recordings that everyone can enjoy and hope to have the continued support of everyone that has been following my musical career as it progresses.”

Here at PARMA we have enjoyed having the opportunity to consistently work with Carmine Miranda. Keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter and Spotify. Do you want to add to his one million streams? Listen below. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

PARMA Artist Jonathan Little Featured by the BBC Singers

Jonathan David Little, right
We're excited to announce that long-time PARMA composer Jonathan David Little was selected for a workshop performance by the BBC Singers earlier this month.

Jonathan's piece "That Time of Year" was featured at BBC Maida Vale Studios in London on October 4th. The choir was led by Judith Weir, CBE, Master of the Queen's Music, and conducted by James Morgan of the British Academy of Composers, Authors and Songwriters (BASCA).

The BBC Singers
"That Time of Year" is one of many of Jonathan's choral works that will be included on his new album, due out in 2017 on Navona Records.

In the meantime, you can hear Jonathan's music on his Navona debut POLYHYMNIA here.

Congratulations, Jonathan!

Monday, October 17, 2016

PARMA Artist Couloir is the Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year!

Congratulations to Ravello PARMA artists Ariel Barnes, cellist, and Heidi Krutzen, harpist,of the duo Couloir, for receiving the Classical Artist/Ensemble Award this past Thursday, October 13th in Regina, Canada, during the Breakout West event weekend.

The Classical/Ensemble Award, which is awarded by the Canadian Music Centre at the Western Canadian Music Awards,"recognizes an artist/ensemble whose music styles includes instrumental soloists, large or small chamber ensembles, as well as instrumental soloists with chamber accompaniment." 

The Couloir duo has released two albums with Ravello, WINE DARK SEA, and most recently, MAXWELL MUHLY & COULOIR, which was released in May of this year. MAXWELL MUHLY & COULOIR has been highly praised by reviewers such as Winnipeg Free Press, Textura, and Kathodik

In addition to winning an award, Couloir's album, MAXWELL MUHLY & COULOIR was recently featured as "Disc of the Week" on CBC Radio 2 through the In Concert series with Paulo Pietropaulo

Friday, October 14, 2016

October 2016 Release Playlist on Spotify

Congratulations, you made it to Friday. We have something to put a smile on your face in addition to gearing up for the weekend. Today is Release Day here at PARMA Recordings and we're excited to share our new albums with you from Navona, Ravello, and Ansonica. Check out this Spotify playlist below, featuring from Navona, MI PALPITA IL COR, LET ME FLY, CADENCE, from Ravello, ARS NOSTRA: BUT NOW THE NIGHT, HONEYLAND, and the second album release from Ansonica, INTERSECTIONS.

Enjoy, listen, order and share!