Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PARMA at the College Music Society National Conference in Boston

PARMA Recordings is proud to be attending the College Music Society's 2013 National Conference in Boston MA. The event takes place 10/31 - 11/1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge.

Members of the PARMA Team will be at booth #35 in the exhibition area. If you are planning to attend this year, we encourage you to stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween: Creepy Compositions

With Halloween just a few days away, we at PARMA have been going through some of our favorite "creepy" compositions in the spirit of the holiday.  Compiled below are a list of some of the more interesting and classic (in our opinion) narrative compositions out there - take a listen!

Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

While not a terribly scary story or composition, "Transfigured Night," composed by Arnold Schoenberg in 1899, describes a man and woman walking in a moonlit forest late at night.  The woman expressed to her lover that she carries a child from another man.  The composition portrays the sadness, reflection, and eventual acceptance of the child by the couple.

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

Well known to many from Disney's "Fantasia," in this orchestral tale, Igor Stravinsky depicts the story of a young woman who must dance herself into exhaustion and eventual death as sacrifice.  The narrative to this composition is very intriguing and is one of Stravinsky's most well-known works.

Schubert - Death and the Maiden

A common staple of quartet repertoire, "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert was composed in 1824 and published in 1831, 3 years after his death.  Since, the piece has inspired adaptions on the screen and stage.  The composition itself explores the terrors and comforts of death, ending with a quote from Death itself, "Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee."

Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain

An instantly recognizable and somewhat haunting piece, Modest Mussorgsky tells the spooky tale of a witchs' sabbath on St. John's Night atop "Bald Mountain" near Kiev. You may also know this Russian tale from Disney's "Fantasia."

Dan Blakeslee - Halloween Special

From PARMA Licensing's own catalog of music comes Portsmouth NH native Dan Blakeslee. Dan put together a festive and spooky album of original Halloween tunes.  Featuring tracks filled with accordion, organ, howls and whistles, this is one of our favorites to put on the stereo during this time of year.  Take a listen below and check out Dan's amazing work. Don't forget to comment with your favorites!

October Releases on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round Records

PARMA Recordings and our three label imprints are pleased to announce the release of 5 inspiring and diverse albums from new and veteran PARMA artists.  Our October releases see the sophomore release from Yves Ramette and the debut efforts of Mark WInges, Richard Lavenda, Robert Dusek and the Larksong Trio.  Click "read more" to learn about and hear samples from the album.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mark Dal Porto Wins CODA International Composition Contest

We are pleased to announce that PARMA-Artist Mark Dal Porto has been declared the first prize winner of the College Orchestra Director’s Association (CODA) International Composition Contest.

Mark submitted his orchestral work “Song of Eternity.”  It’s definitive recording was fully produced in-studio with PARMA, and was released this year on Navona Records’ album DANCES OF ETERNITY.

“Along with the score, I submitted the "Song of Eternity" track from the DANCES OF ETERNITY CD as part of the audio recording for my contest submission (which of course is a product of all of your hard work).  I’m sure this PARMA-produced recording contributed to its success in this contest…”

-Mark Dal Porto

Congratulations Mark!


CODA Official Web Announcement Link: Announcement

Listen to/purchase DANCES OF Eternity: On Amazon

Friday, October 25, 2013

Kimiko Ishizaka // Bösendorfer 50,000

Kimiko Ishizaka and the Open Well-Tempered Clavier team met up with Bösendorfer in Austria this month during the "Twelve Tones of Bach" tour to see the creation of the 50,000th Bösendorfer.  During their visit, they were able to capture the creation of a fine instrument.

There are only two weeks left until the fundraising campaign for this project is complete.  With the base-level of funding complete, the Open Well-Tempered Clavier team is now working to make Braille scores widely available to visually impaired musicians. Make sure you check out the Kickstarter page to learn more about this unique project.

Kimiko is currently on tour to promote the campaign - if you are in the US, check below to see if Kimiko will be in a city near you before she goes into the studio later this year!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

PARMA Licensing and Mason Daring Join Forces to Produce Score for Media

New England-based audio production company PARMA Licensing has teamed up with renowned film composer, producer, and musician Mason Daring to create and produce music for media projects.

Daring, the longtime composer for John Sayles, has worked on such acclaimed titles as Lone StarThe Opposite Of Sex, and Eight Men Out, and he will serve as an Executive Producer for film, television, advertising, and video game projects which are contracted and managed by PARMA. 

"We strongly believe that live ensemble scoring is on the upswing," says PARMA Licensing's Managing Director Jake Weinreb. "Despite the fact that many productions have migrated to the East Coast to shoot, very few have capitalized on the top-notch post-production resources in the area. Mason has composed and produced some of the most effective scores of our time, and we believe that his skills, in conjunction with PARMA's expertise and infrastructure, will prove to be a unique and valuable market resource."

Mason Daring comments on this collaboration, "I've always gravitated towards using local musicians to record my scores; there's a large, under-exposed pool of talent here. My goal with PARMA is to keep locally shot productions in-state for post, and to hang up a shingle that will bring more scores to our doorstep."

PARMA and Daring are currently booking sessions into 2014, which they will produce with both regional and foreign musicians and facilities.

Mason Daring is an American musician and composer of scores for film and television. He has worked on nearly all the films directed by John Sayles, adapting his style to fit whatever period in which the project is set. He has done full-out traditional orchestral scores (Music Of The HeartThe Old Curiosity Shop,The Great War), blended orchestra with guitars (Prefontaine), piano (Where The Heart Is), or swing and jazz (The Opposite Of SexEight Men Out). He is equally adept producing a tender, piano based score (Tru Confessions) as basing entire films around small group rock/pop instrumentation (Say It Isn't SoCold HeartWallace: Settin' The Woods On Fire). However, he might be best known for having honed the ability to place a film in a particular time and place by putting together small ensembles of talented musicians. Such settings include the Irish coast (Secret Of Roan Inish); Central America (Men With Guns); the Louisiana bayou (Passion Fish); the Tex-Mex border (Lone Star); and early rural Americana (Matewan). 

PARMA Licensing, LLC is a New England based music house, offering deep experience and expertise in strategic musical branding and placement. PARMA specializes in the creation and production of live orchestral, chamber, choral, and world music for media, utilizing their global network of top-tier ensembles and musicians. The company's production credits include work for such entities as 20th Century Fox, Universal, Showtime, HBO, CBS Sports, Hearst Corporation, and more. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New PARMA Artist: Douglas Pew and Carlton Monroe

                    Douglas Pew                               Carlton Monroe

PARMA is proud to welcome composer Douglas Pew and artistic director of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Carlton Monroe as the newest members of our growing roster of artists.

PARMA will be releasing an album featuring recordings of Pew's choral music paired with choral works by J.S. Bach. These works will be performed by the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, which was founded by Monroe. Pew and the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble serve as Composer- and Ensemble-in-Residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park OH.

Ahead of the recording sessions to be held next summer, Pew and Monroe will be launching a fundraising campaign in support of the project.

Stay tuned for more information about ways to contribute to the project in early 2014!

New PARMA Artist: Heidi Jacob

We are happy to announce the signing of Pennsylvania based cellist/composer Heidi Jacob to PARMA Recordings.  PARMA is going into the studio with Heidi early next year to produce a full album of works for small ensemble that will feature the Momenta String Quartet, Charles Abramovic, and more.

Heidi has performed throughout the US and Europe, has appeared on NPR and has performed as a soloist at the San Francisco Bach Festival, the Temple University Summer Festival and on WQXR in New York.

Heidi is the Music Director on PARMA composer Curt Cacioppo's "Scenes from Indian Country" from LAWS OF THE PIPE and we are looking forward to working with her on a full release - be on the lookout for Heidi's music next year!

Friday, October 18, 2013


The team here at PARMA has greeted the fall season with a sense of eagerness, anticipation, and perhaps a dash or two of pride. The reasons for this are usually varied, but on October 15th, in our world the answer was universal: the MOTO PERPETUO concert, featuring Ovidiu Marinescu and a range of special guests, was taking place that night. With the programs freshly printed, and Lead Producer Andy Happel on a flight to New York City, the pace within our New Hampshire office made it feel a little like the city itself.

The concert took place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, on 57th street in midtown Manhattan. Originally called Chamber Music Hall, Weill Hall has been in operation since 1891. With 268 seats combined with famously great acoustics, it makes for an excellent place to catch a chamber music concert.

Ovidiu Marinescu performed works by composers Andrew March, Greg Bartholomew, Alan Beeler, Bill Sherrill, Arthur Gottschalk, and Nick Ascioti. The program was built to celebrate MOTO PERPETUO: Moving Works for Cello, our early 2013 release on Navona Records, and featured every piece from the album.

These works were composed specifically to feature the cello, and the many roles it can play in contemporary music. MOTO PERPETUO features a cross-section of moods, plenty of virtuosic passages, and a voice that has a dramatic versatility, especially in the hands of Marinescu. Sometimes this voice was featured alone; other times it was contained within ensemble pieces, performed by an array of masterful musicians. Janet Ahlquist, Sylvia Ahramjian, Kim Trolier, Dana Weiderhold, Scott Wagner, and Patrick Nugent joined Ovidiu onstage on several different occasions throughout the event.

Andy Happel had the opportunity to cover the photography for the event, so stay tuned for some visual updates in the near future. When asked about the performance, he had this to say: “Everything was truly great…this is a model for the future!” Andy confirmed that the audience’s response was excellent, and the event truly was an experience to remember for those involved.

PARMA extends a hearty congratulations to Ovidiu as well as each composer and musicians involved! We are thrilled that this project has culminated in a highly successful event, and that this music is being heard by new audiences in the form of live concert performances.

For more information on MOTO PERPETUO, please visit:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Apollo Chamber Players at Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall), NYC

The Apollo Chamber Players in action 10/11/2013 in NYC

New PARMA Artist Apollo Chamber Players performed for one of their largest audiences to date last Friday at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City. The Houston-based quartet's NYC debut also served as the kickoff of a successful four-day East Coast tour.

The program explored the connections between European classical composers and the folk music from which they drew inspiration. The concert featured original string quartet arrangements of folk melodies from the Basque and Slavic regions as a stylistic and interpretive bridge to seminal works by Ravel, Lutosławski, and Janáček. The world premiere of a commissioned work by Karim Al-Zand, inspired by Bulgarian folk rhythms, further illuminated folk music as a timeless muse.

The group also distributed an exclusive EP of tracks from their forthcoming album EUROPEAN FOLKSCAPES during the tour, gearing up for their full album release on in early 2014.

This performance marked the first of two concerts featuring PARMA artists and composers at Weill in October. The second concert was held earlier this week and featured cellist Ovidiu Marinescu peforming works by PARMA composers as heard on the Navona release MOTO PERPETUO

Apollo's debut album will be available on our Navona Records imprint in early 2014 so watch this space for more info!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Chris Wild // ABHANDEN

PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the addition of cellist Chris Wild to our roster. Chris will be releasing his debut album ABHANDEN early next year on Navona Records.

Located in Chicago Chris is an active member of Ensemble Dal Niente, the premier Chicago-based new music ensemble, with a very active performance schedule.  As a musician and conductor Chris has worked with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and many other ensembles.

ABHANDEN will feature Dal Niente musicians J. Austin Wulliman (violin), Amanda DoBoer Bartlett (soprano), Mabel Kwan (piano), and Greg Beyer (percussion) across 6 tracks for solo cello and small ensemble. The release features compositions from contemporary composers across the globe, and we are looking forward to its release next year.

The record release party for ABHANDEN will take place at Constellation in Chicago on January 5th 2014. For more info on the event and Chris' music, check out his website

Friday, October 11, 2013

Open Well-Tempered Clavier: Comm-Press, Hamburg Germany

“Since the announcement of this project, I’ve had a lot of people ask me why PARMA, a commercial recording company and record label parent, would support a project that is in some ways antithetical to the company’s mission and that of the industry as a whole,”

says Bob Lord, CEO of PARMA Recordings.

“But our company’s mission isn’t to sell music, it is to bring great art to new listeners, and lowering the barrier to entry is a key component of that mission.  There shouldn’t be any ‘rules of engagement’ when it comes to listening to music, and I believe this project will highlight that point.”

If you have not heard about the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project, now is the time to learn about it. Kimiko Ishizaka and the Open Well-Tempered Clavier team will travel to Hamburg Germany tomorrow for the 6th concert on their European and US tour. 

Kimiko will be performing and recording Book 1 of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at Teldex Studios in Berlin later this year. The high-quality score and recording will be placed into the public domain so that those interested in hearing these groundbreaking piano works may listen and study for free.

Tune into the Google Live Stream tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST to catch Kimiko.  You can access the stream below:

The project is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign right now.  The campaign is looking to do more than just "set Bach free," it is looking to help create over 50,000 scores for the visually impaired.

Interested in learning more?  Check out the Kickstarter below.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

New PARMA Artist: Svjetlana Bukvich

PARMA is proud to announce the signing of New York-based composer and performer Svjetlana Bukvich, who will be releasing her latest record EVOLUTION on our Big Round Records imprint.

We are excited to welcome Svjetlana and her genre-bending, forward-thinking music to the PARMA family. EVOLUTION is a hard-hitting collection of original compositions blending electro-acoustic sounds with elements of prog-rock, avant-garde, experimental, jazz, and ethnic music.

Backing up Svjetlana on this album is a stellar roster of musicians including: bassist Tony Levin, violist Martha Mooke, violinist Cornelius Dufallo, guitarist Mordy Ferber, bassoonist Johnny Reinhard, violinist Leonardo-Suarez Paz, cellist Ha-Yang Kim, and more.

Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks and the official release in 2014.

For more information about Svjetlana and her music, visit:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New PARMA Artist: Douglas Detrick's AnyWhen Ensemble

We are pleased to announce the signing of Douglas Detrick's AnyWhen Ensemble to PARMA Recordings. Douglas' unique and intelligent blending of jazz and classical forms with a spirit all its own fits in perfectly with PARMA's ethos, and we're excited to be collaborating on the upcoming project, entitled "The Bright and Rushing World". Be on the lookout for the official release in early 2014.

Check out audio samples, reviews, and more info about the ensemble here:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Carol Barnett's Kickstarer Campaign - Halfway There!

PARMA Artist Carol Barnett has funded just over half of her new project for the release of her compositions for the Dale Warland Singers. There is just over a week left to go, so please help us by spreading the word about her Kickstarter campaign and contributing if you can!

Visit and share her Kickstarter page:

Learn more about Carol and her music:

Hear Carol's music on Navona Records' VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Open Well-Tempered Clavier: Bösendorfer Factory

The Open Well-Tempered Clavier Kickstarter campaign is just over a week old, and the first leg of the tour is coming to a close.  Tomorrow, Kimiko Ishizaka will perform the Well-Tempered Clavier Book I in its entirety at the Bösendorfer Factory in Weiner-Neustadt Austria.  

In addition to performing the Well-Tempered Clavier, Kimiko will be auditioning the three best candidate Bösendorfers for the recording to take place at Teldex Studio in Berlin later this year. Tune in tomorrow at 8:30 AM EST to catch the performance and watch Kimiko discuss the merits of each piano here:

The Open Well-Tempered Clavier project seeks to record the highest definition recording possible of the Well-Tempered Clavier and put it into the public domain alongside open source software for those interested in studying the scores. PARMA pledges to release the project through Navona Records for those who want a physical copy.  The team has almost reached their goal of $30,000 with just over $1000 to go. Visit the campaign page to learn more.

The second leg of the tour picks up October 12th in Germnay, and will make its way over to the US by the end of the month.