Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PARMA Artists on Composers Circle

Throughout the remainder of the year, the wonderful folks at Composers Circle will feature seven PARMA artists: Patricia Van Ness, Herbert Deutsch, Andrew May, Mark Vigil, Elizabeth Vercoe, Keith Kramer, and Curt Cacioppo will be featured beginning on November 14th.

Check back and click "Read More" for links to the Composers Circle features and more information about the PARMA albums that feature these composers' works.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gramophone Review: AWAKENINGS

An excellent review for Coro Allegro's recent release AWAKENINGS appeared in the December issue of Gramophone. A copy of the article can be found here:

Click read more for a few excerpts from the review.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Derwyn Holder's "Symphony" Article in AARP

Composer Derwyn Holder’s "Symphony No. 1" is getting some unique attention in and outside of the music industry.  You can read about this piece and why in the latest AARP article here.

Holder is hoping to record his "Symphony No. 1" with PARMA Recordings in 2013.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

November 2012 Sessions in Boston

Alongside the orchestral sessions in Europe, PARMA held chamber recordings at Futura Productions with the New England String Quartet featuring clarinetist Georg Klass, recording the music of Chistopher Dietz. Click "Read More" below to view photos from the session.

November 2012 Sessions in Europe

In November PARMA held orchestral, choral, and chamber recording sessions with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and Kühn Choir in the Czech Republic, recording the works of Alan Beeler, Mark Eliot Jacobs, Paul Osterfield, Timothy Edwards, Michael Cunningham, Lawrence Ball, and In the Groove. Click "Read More" below to view photos from our orchestral sessions.

Many thanks to Danny and Lizzie from In the Groove for the session footage!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Hidden Dangers of Playing a Wind Instrument

Scientists and others have long speculated on the health effects of playing a wind instrument. Below is article from the archives of the New York Times which illustrates the prevailing wisdom in the decades following the Civil War:

Sousaphone players: dead men marching

We now know that playing a wind instrument is far from a death sentence and Dr. Burg should be commended for his efforts to dispel this myth. With that in mind, the arguments presented touting the wind instruments' tuberculosis-curing properties are less than convincing. Click "Read more" to see what modern science has to contribute to question of wind instruments and their effects on respiratory health.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"The Orchestra" iPad App Dazzles Tablet Users

The company that brought us "The Elements" for iPad has launched "The Orchestra", an iPad app that explores classical music.
If you have not heard the buzz already, this app combines philharmonic orchestra music, video, and interactive instruments to create an immersive and educational tool for those new to the orchestra, and those who've made classical music an integral part of their lives.   
With 1.81GB of content and a $13.99 "sticker" price, it's certainly a luxury app, but word amongst many reviewers is it's an absolute must-have.  
The experienced can be best summed up by viewing the interface demo (below) and by visiting the Apple App Store.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How To Build A Steinway

What makes a Steinway D sound like a Steinway D? The 2007 documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 explores this question and others with an in-depth look at the lengthy, handcrafted process.

Eddie Salvadon fits the plate of a Steinway concert grand while Lang Lang performs Liszt's "Liebesträume No. 3."

Each piano's journey spans 12 months beginning in the forests of Alaska and ending in Steinway's Queens, New York factory. The documentary also examines Steinway's rich history, the changing role of the piano in our culture, and the piano's personal relationship with performers. Fascinating and highly recommended.

1929 Steinway promotion film for the Style B grand piano. Many of these techniques are still used today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

In Their Own Hand

Handwritten Manuscripts from the Great Composers

Chopin's Etude for piano, op. 10, no. 7 (Image: The Morgan Library and Museum)

It's fast becoming common practice for museums to digitize and upload their collections to the web. As a result, there are a number of sites out there that allow visitor to view, in high resolution, handwritten scores penned by copyists, editors, and in many cases the composers themselves.

Above is an excerpt from Chopin's Etude for piano, op. 10, no. 7 seen here in the composer's own spidery script. Click "Read More" for a handwritten sketch of Beethoven's unfinished tenth symphony as well as links to each score database.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alex Ross Inspires a Festival: All 20th-Century Music, All the Time

Alex Ross's 2007 publication The Rest Is Noise has inspired a year long festival in London for 2013. The behemoth of a festival will consist of 100 concerts by 18 orchestras over 12 weekends in a chronological survey of 20th century music.

Mark your calendars and check out the New York Times article here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Interactive Frequency Chart

Selected ranges (image: IRN)

I recently came across this well laid out and informative chart illustrating the frequency ranges for a number of commonly used instruments. Click "Read more" for the link to the full, interactive chart.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2012 PARMA Recordings Anthology of Music

PARMA Recordings is pleased to release the 2012 PARMA Anthology of Music, featuring 10 works for small ensemble by contemporary composers.

The free download on the PARMA Recordings website provides viewable scores of the works as well as downloadable scores and parts in order for ensembles to easily access, rehearse, and perform the works.

In addition to the scores and parts, the 2012 PARMA Anthology of Music web-app includes a "Search By Instrument" feature, composer biographies, liner notes, publisher and performance information, and more.

These ten original pieces represent new music by up and coming composers, selected for their professionalism, innovation, programmability, and performability. The works offer a variety of choices in instrumentation and aesthetics, and are representative of the melding of genre in today's musical landscape.

The 2012 PARMA Recordings Anthology of Music features the following composers and works:

  • Ron Amchin | Bells of The Angelus for solo piano
  • Emily Cooley | Etched for string quartet
  • Quinn Dizon | Awakening for piano quartet
  • William Dougherty | Altar Ego for violin, cello, and piano
  • Brendan Faegre | The Circular Ruins for piano trio
  • Ted Goldman | Scrudge for piano trio
  • Emily Koh | [circum]-perceptio for clarinet, violin, cello, marimba, and piano
  • Pablo Labián Camino | Free Movement for clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, contrabass, and piano
  • Joel Love | Synchronicity in Purple Minor for violin and viola
  • Matthew Ricketts | Suggestum for string quartet

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

'The Rest' Takes Down 'the Best'

Antique, High-end Violins Come Up Short in Double-blind Study

21 out of 21 experts agree: this is a picture of Stradivarius

Early last year, researchers conducted a study in an effort to discover if highly-coveted 18th century violins, from esteemed craftsmen such as Stradivari and Guarneri, lived up to their considerable reputations. The antique violins were measured against their modern counterparts by 21 experienced players - the results of the double-blind tests were surprising: 
"We found that (i) the most-preferred violin was new; (ii) the least-preferred was by Stradivari; (iii) there was scant correlation between an instrument's age and monetary value and its perceived quality; and (iv) most players seemed unable to tell whether their most-preferred instrument was new or old" (Fritz et al.).
Click "read more" for information about the authors, their methods, and their conclusions about modern violin production.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Where Do Pianos Go When They Die?

Mr. J. Reid tickles the ivories (image: BBC)

An informative article recently appeared on the BBC about aging piano's and the conflicting emotions surrounding their necessary disposal. Click "read more" for a link to the full story along with a short video.

November 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our November 2012 albums on Navona and Ravello! THE LAST MUSICIAN OF UR, CONVERGENCE, GALLERY, DIMENSIONS, CONCERTI FOR PIANO WITH PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA, and CASINO UMBRO are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Elliott Carter, Master of Complexity

 A nice piece in the New York Times today by Anthony Tommasini remembering Elliott Carter.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our October 2012 albums on Navona and Ravello! KLEEMATION, CAUSAL DUALISM, OF BIRDS AND LEMONS, NEW YORK MOMENTS, LAWS OF THE PIPE, IN PARADISUM, FROM MOOG TO MAC, and IMAGINARY FRIENDS are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Robotic Glove Provides Proper Piano Instruction

Photo: PopSci
I recently came across an interesting article on the Popular Science site about a team of scientists working on a new, piano-teaching haptic glove.

Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a glove capable of teaching correct finger position to pianists. The glove has also been shown to help increase touch sensitivity in those with specific spinal cord injuries.

Click "Read More" to view a short video with more info on the how the glove works and the researchers' findings.

Monday, October 15, 2012

How Compact Discs Are Made

Here is an interesting video demonstrating the detailed, quality processes behind CD replication.  Click "Read More" to view the video.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2012 Digital Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of Samuel Adler's WORKS FOR STRING QUARTET AND OTHER SMALL ENSEMBLES on Navona Records! The triple album is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on the album.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our September 2012 albums on Navona and Ravello! LOCK & KEY, LA LEYENDA DEL KAKUY, QUADRANTS, EXPLORING THE HEART, and THROUGH THE REEDS are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Robert DeGaetano and John Yaffe with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra

PARMA is currently in the studios with composer and pianist Robert DeGaetano and conductor John Yaffé, recording DeGaetano's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Click "Read more" below to view a gallery of photos from today's session.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our August 2012 albums on Navona and Ravello! SEEKING & FINDING, PAPER CLIPS, PARADIGMS, BIRDSONG IN MIST, THE PALEST ROSE, and TOWARD THE LIGHT are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quinn Dizon Recording Session

Last week, the 2012 PARMA Student Composer Competition Grand Prize winner Quinn Dizon travelled to New England to attend the recording session for his piece Awakenings at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA, and visited the PARMA offices to meet the team. Click "Read more" below to read Quinn's account of his trip and view photos and video from the session.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our July 2012 albums on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round! SLICES, AWAKENINGS, CANTATA FOR THE CHILDREN OF TEREZIN, and SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 Summer Sessions in Europe

PARMA just wrapped a series of recording sessions in the Czech Republic and Russia with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kuhn Mixed Choir, and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, recording works by Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Sacks, Mark Dal Porto, Henry Wolking, James Balentine, Kjell Magne Andersen, Michael J. Evans, Anthony Iannaconne, Jan Van der Roost, and Sydney Hodkinson.

Click "Read more" below for nearly 100 session photos of the recording venues and their cities, video from sessions in each country, and fresh audio samples straight from our engineers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Summer Sessions

PARMA is currently holding sessions in the Czech Republic and Russia with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kuhn Mixed Choir, and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, recording works by Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Sacks, Mark Dal Porto, Henry Wolking, James Balentine, Kjell Magne Andersen, Michael J. Evans, Anthony Iannaconne, Jan Van der Roost, and Sydney Hodkinson.

Read more for photos from Olomouc, St. Petersburg, and the recording sessions, and check back for video footage and audio samples.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our June 2012 albums on Navona and Ravello! LOS MINISTRILES IN THE NEW WORLD, MAGIC MIRROR, ESSAYS AND SKETCHES, and JUBILUS AND PANTOMIME are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Roger Bourland and Juliana Gondek at the Shalin Liu

This past May, PARMA returned to the Shalin Liu for the recording of several of  Roger Bourland's art songs with acclaimed vocalist Juliana Gondek. Click Read More to view photos and video from the session.

Karen Tarlow at Futura Studios

PARMA had the pleasure of working in the studio with Composer Karen Tarlow recording her works for chorus, clarinet, and piano titled Be My Love and Hope Burns A Flame

Along with our amazing Boston-area musicians including clarinetist Yhasmin Valenzuela, pianist Hannah Shields, engineer John Weston, and chorus Vox Futura, we also featured renowned choral conductor Harold Rosenbaum (New York City) and Producer Dirk Fischer (Berlin). 

Dirk Fischer has produced recordings with PARMA on orchestral projects with the St. Petersburg State Symphony. We were fortunate that he happened to be visiting the United States during this batch of sessions and could also produce Karen Tarlow’s works here at Futura Productions in Roslindale MA.

Karen's choral works  Be My Love and Hope Burns A Flame are beautiful, exciting, and feature a not-so-common musical configuration. As Dirk mentioned upon viewing the scores (and we agree), “I am a big fan of the combination of vocals, clarinet, and piano in romantic repertoire (though there is not that much of it, unfortunately), and am thrilled to see that contemporary composers are exploring a similar setting again.” 

Congratulations to Karen, the musicians, and recording team on a fantastic couple of days of rehearsing and recording. We are excited for the release of these works and hope you are too!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our May 2012 albums on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round!  FIRE & TIME, SUMMER CIRCLE, MORNING MOON, and LYRIC IMAGES are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

METHOD MUSIC Sit In Launched

Navona Records is proud to announce a new component of Lawrence Ball's METHOD MUSIC that allows Sitters from the original Lifehouse Method website to share their uniquely generated music with other Sitters and the listening public.

METHOD MUSIC - a double-disc album of Ball's algorithmic compositions produced by Pete Townshend - serves as both the outgrowth and foundation of Townshend's legendary LIFEHOUSE project. Using the same system of Ball and Dave Snowdon's "Harmonic Mathematics" that was used to create the Sitter pieces through The Lifehouse Method, the electronic works on this album illustrate the theoretical underpinnings of the project as a whole.

SIT IN - the newly developed section of the METHOD MUSIC mini-site - allows the original Sitters from The Lifehouse Method portraiture website to share the unique pieces of audio that were generated through the Method. A central element of METHOD MUSIC and the "Lifehouse" story itself, the portraiture system that yielded these pieces and the participants behind them represent a realization of Pete Townshend's expansive, challenging, and inspired musical vision.

Visit to hear the uploaded pieces, or to upload your own if you were a Sitter.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 PARMA Student Composer Competition Winners Announced

The ten winners and the Grand Prize Winner of the inaugural PARMA Student Composer Competition have been announced on the PARMA Recordings website (

Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner QUINN DIZON of the University of Louisville, whose piece Awakening for piano quartet will be recorded, produced, released, and promoted by PARMA Recordings and distributed through Naxos on a compilation album on one of our labels.
Mr. Dizon and the other nine finalists will have their works published in the 2012 PARMA Anthology of Music: Student Edition, which will be provided to educators and performers free of charge. Visit to view the full list of winners.

Friday, May 4, 2012

David Stewart's "Suite" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center

On April 16th PARMA returned to the Shalin Liu for the recording of David Stewart’s Suite, a six movement work for piano and brass quartet. Pianist Karolina Rojahn, trombonist Wes Hopper, and trumpeters Terry Everson and Andrew Sorg joined us in the studio for the recording. Click Read More to view photos and video from the session.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our April 2012 albums on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round! NAZCA AND OTHER WORKS, THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOK 1: A COMPOSER'S APPROACH, MANHATTAN PROJECTIONS, WINTER & CONSTRUCTION, NIGHT OF LIGHT, MARIKA GROOVE, AND CON MOTO, VOL. 2 are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 SCI Region III Conference

This past weekend PARMA had the opportunity to attend the Society of Composers Inc. Region III Conference at Christopher Newport University. A&R Representatives Mike Juozokas and Jonathan Upchurch attended the conference, which included two days of performances and paper sessions, all held at the University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our March 2012 albums on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round! THE CONSCIOUS SLEEPWALKER, CONCERTI FOR STRINGS WITH PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA, and LA BELLA STELLA are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read More" for more information on each release.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Great Opus

In February 2012, composer, pianist, and educator Allen Bonde completed A Thousand And One Interludes, an extensive, multi-year project to compose a one page piano interlude every day for 1,001 days. A massive undertaking, the project illustrates Bonde's prolificness, dedication, and tenacity as a composer, as well as his adhearance to his own personal goals while maintaining his professional career.

Of A Thousand And One Interludes, Bonde writes the following:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sergio Cervetti's "Estudios Australes" at the Shalin Liu

On March 9th, PARMA entered the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Roslindale MA with pianist Karolina Rojahn and producer Andy Happel to record Sergio Cervetti's Estudios Australes. Click Read More to view photos and footage from the session.

PARMA February 2012 Recording Sessions in St. Petersburg

PARMA recently wrapped our inaugural recording sessions with the St.  Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Lande in St. Petersburg, Russia to record orchestral works by Michael Cunningham and Brian Noyes. Click Read More to view photos and hear an audio sample from the sessions.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

PARMA Recordings announces 2012 PARMA Student Composer Competition

(Portsmouth NH) – PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the inaugural PARMA Student Composer Competition, the first in a series of annual competitions for student composers. Click here for the official Call For Scores and more details on the competition.

Ten winners will be selected by an award-winning panel of three independent judges, and the winners' pieces will be published in the digitally-distributed 2012 PARMA Anthology Of Music: Student Edition.

One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to have their piece professionally recorded and produced for release by PARMA.  All recording, production, and publicity costs will be completely subsidized by PARMA, and the master will be released on a collection to be distributed through industry leader Naxos.

As with all PARMA projects, the composers will retain their rights to the composition and master recording. One of the goals of this competition is to usher in new music from the next generation of composers, and PARMA feels strongly that artists should retain rights to their intellectual property, particularly at the outset of their professional musical careers.

This competition gives young composers a career-advancing and career-positioning opportunity to be published, produced, and distributed by an established music company while still a student.  The Grand Prize Winner will have a chance to enjoy a singular recording experience, fully funded and produced by PARMA, and all composers selected for the Anthology will have their work introduced to the listening public with the same high level of attention and quality given to all PARMA artists.

"We are pleased to offer student composers the chance to have their music published, performed, and recorded in an immersive, interactive environment," says PARMA Recordings CEO Bob Lord.  "PARMA has dedicated itself to promoting new music by living composers deserving of wide recognition, and this Anthology will offer students the same opportunities provided to all of our artists."

There is no fee for entry.  The call for scores and full submission details will be distributed on February 29th, and submissions will be accepted from March 1st until March 31st. Submitted pieces can be written for up to 5 performers and have a duration of up to 10 minutes. More information will be sent in the official Call For Scores and on the PARMA website.

Competition Timeline
February 29, 2012 Call for scores distributed
March 1, 2012 Submission period opens
March 31, 2012 Submission period closes
April 1, 2012 – April 30th Judging period
May 1, 2012 Winners announced

About The Judges

John Page
John Page studied at King's College London, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and Harvard University and began his career with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in 2000.  In Ireland, his 2002 performances of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis with Opera Theatre Company garnered the prestigious Irish Times Opera of the Year award and he was subsequently invited to give a Lyric FM broadcast concert with the NSOI.  Throughout the next decade, Page worked with the NEC Symphony, Boston Ballet, the Irish Film Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Modern Band, Mimesis Ensemble, the BBC Ulster Orchestra, and many others with roles ranging from Conductor to Music Director.

In 2010 Page was invited to join the Faculty of the Boston University as a Visiting Associate Professor.  He was appointed Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and was invited to conduct the Portland Symphony Orchestra.  Page is also the Artistic Director of the newly formed PARMA Orchestra, which began an extensive ongoing series of recordings in June 2011.  In December 2011 he conducted the first Celtic Woman Symphony Tour visiting thirteen U.S. cities and orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Colorado Symphony.

Richard Brooks
Richard Brooks is a native of upstate New York and holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College, an M.A. in Composition from Binghamton University, and a Ph. D. in Composition from New York University.  From 1975 to 2004 he was on the music faculty of Nassau Community College where he was Professor and, for 22 years, Department Chair.  In addition to his services in education, he has composed nearly ninety works for various media and ensembles.

From 1977 to 1982 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Society of University Composers (now the Society of Composers, Inc.) on which he continues to serve as the Producer of the SCI CD Series.  In 1981 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Composers Alliance, and after serving two terms as Secretary and three terms as Vice-President, he was elected President in the fall of 1993.  From 1992 to 1998 he was a member of the Junior/Community College Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Brooks is the founder of Capstone Records and works closely with PARMA to continue the Capstone legacy and shepherd the company and its music into the digital era.

Tim Davis
Massachusetts native Timothy A. Davis brings a variety of administrative, corporate, and new music experience to his role as CEO of the Boston New Music Initiative.  Recognizing the need for a strong network across musical disciplines, Tim’s motivation in founding BNMI reflects his long-standing commitment to furthering the careers of composers and musicians.  He has served as a judge for composition competitions with the National Federation of Music Clubs and on judging panels for BNMI’s Calls for Scores.  As an educator, Tim provides private composition instruction, and he worked as an instructor of theory and aural skills at the University of Iowa, where he earned Pi Kappa Lambda honors in graduating with a doctorate in composition in 2009.  He also holds degrees from Boston College and the University of Massachusetts.

An active composer in constant pursuit of new collaborations and projects, Tim has studied composition with Bruce MacCombie, David Gompper, Thomas Oboe Lee, Lawrence Fritts, and Salvatore Macchia, as well as electroacoustic composition with Scott Wyatt, Lawrence Fritts, and Jean-Paul Perrotte.  His music has been presented at the Denison New Music Festival and for opening night performances in consecutive years at the Midwest Composers Symposia.  Recent collaborations and commissions include works for the Bay Colony Brass, Quinta Esencia Ensemble, Northern Arizona University Faculty New Music Ensemble, and for University of Illinois DMA candidate Candace Thomas (funded by the International Horn Society).

About the Editor

Chris Brubaker is the founder and Manager of and  In 2011, PARMA acquired ThatNewMusic, and Chris continues to work as one of PARMA's Musical Advisors.  Chris was instrumental in the development and release of the 2011 Anthology Of Contemporary Concert Music, a collection of modern works distributed on ThatNewMusicWebsite, and serves as editor for this Student Edition.

About PARMA Recordings

PARMA Recordings LLC is the parent organization of the Navona, Big Round, Ravello, and Capstone label imprints. The company’s work spans classical, jazz, rock, blues, family, and film, and includes programs and divisions for custom audio, licensing, publishing and more.

PARMA’s labels feature work by artists such as Grammy® winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, renowned percussionist Steve Gadd, Pixar/Randy Newman orchestrator Jonathan Sacks, New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and The Who’s Pete Townshend, among others.

PARMA emphasizes new and engaging sounds, innovative presentation, and an interactive experience from all of our physical and digital products.  PARMA has pioneered the use of Enhanced Content in our releases to bundle and incorporate digital study scores, recording session photos and videos, composer interviews, applications for mobile devices, and other contextual information to facilitate a greater understanding of new music.

Press & Media Inquiries
Rory Cooper, PARMA Recordings
p: 603.758.1718 x152


February 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of Jonathan Little's POLYHYMNIA! This album of works for full orchestra, chorus, string orchestra, and brass and percussion now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others.

Amazon | iTunes | ClassicsOnline
Jonathan Little
Navona Records NV5867

With works described as "an inspired creation" (Music & Vision), "original and quite brilliant" (Fanfare), and "immensely poetic" (Tempo, on the title piece), Jonathan Little has planted himself as a luminary contemporary composer. On POLYHYMNIA, his first release on Navona Records, Little is able to transform traditional influences into rich, intense, and finely structured music that lives up to his reputation. POLYHYMNIA features Polyhymnia and Terpsichore, two orchestral pieces from Little's Nine Muses series, along with the powerful Fanfare, the atmospheric string quintet Sacred Prelude, and the intricate polychoral Kyrie.

Friday, February 17, 2012

"A Compositional System Inspired by Fractals"

"A compositional system inspired by fractals"
Amos Elkana

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a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation.

The 20th century liberated western art music from the constraints of the tonal system[1]. The tonal system that was practiced all over the western hemisphere during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, governed not only the organization of pitch but also dictated other aspects of music composition such as structure. The more creative composers of that period knew how to bend and shape this system to meet their needs and desires but even so were still working within it.

Progressively through the 20th century all past rules and traditions of composition were subject to questioning and rethinking. No other system that was invented since then was as comprehensive as the tonal system and none created a following strong enough to last. Perhaps this was not, and still isn't, due to the quality of the ideas but to the freedom composers now have to invent systems that are original and best suit their own way of thinking.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 2012 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our January 2012 albums! METHOD MUSIC, NINETIES TIMEFLOW, and FINE MUSIC, VOL. III are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read more" for more info on each release.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lawrence Ball: Thoughts & Notes on METHOD MUSIC

In an effort to bring a deeper understanding to the complexity and inspiration behind METHOD MUSIC, the double album of algorithmic compositions based on Pete Townshend's "Lifehouse Method," composer and mathematician Lawrence Ball is writing a series of articles about different legs of the discovery of his Harmonic Mathematics system of algorithmic composition, how he came to collaborate with Pete Townshend, and the processes behind the creation and release of METHOD MUSIC.

A new post will be published every couple of days. Check back here, or the PARMA pages on Facebook and Twitter for updates on new posts.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Michael Cunningham's "String Quartet No. 5" at the Shalin Liu

In December we held another recording session at the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA. Producer Andy Happel worked with the New England String Quartet to record Michael Cunningham's "String Quartet No. 5."

Read more to view photos and video from the session.