Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Releases on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round

My favorite day! Release day! Today marks the release of eight incredible albums on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round Records. From choral works, to an opera, to harp improvisation, to a live recording, this month's release slate showcases some of the best and innovative works in today's contemporary music scene.  Click "read more" to hear more about our classical, jazz, opera, and live recorded albums. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kickstarter: Robin Heifetz "Works from Six Continents"

Los Angeles composer and pianist, Robin Julian Heifetz, is embarking on an impressive and exciting musical project.  Robin has compiled compositions from a living composer on each continent (bar-Antarctica) to create a unique cross-section of works representing the vast cultures and diversities present on Earth.

Robin has done the majority of the work for this project already and is now seeking funding to bring this endeavor to life.  You can read more about the works and the composers involved at his Kickstarter page linked below.

As a composer, Robin specializes in electroacoustic media. He received his doctorate in composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served as composer-in-residence at EMS Stockholm (Sweden), Colgate University (USA), Tel-Aviv University (Israel), the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (Belgium), and Audio-Digital Laboratories (Canada), among others.

Friday, April 25, 2014

PARMA Licensing Brings Repertoire to New Nintendo Ad

The latest project from PARMA Licensing is generating buzz in the gaming world, as one of Nintendo's beloved characters gets catapulted to new heights thanks to an inventive re-imagining of Verdi repertoire.

The PARMA team helmed the arrangement, recording, and post-production in a national broadcast advertisement for the new Kirby: Triple Deluxe game for Nintendo 3DS, which sets gameplay excerpts to a reworked "Dies Irae" from Verdi's requiem.

New, Kirby-centric lyrics scroll across the screen sing-along style, inviting viewers to try out their opera abilities in an ode to the tougher side of everyone's favorite pink puff.

The live recording utilized a 36-person choir and 65-piece orchestra, and it has caught the ears of gaming bloggers across the web, including TechnoBuffalo. (http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/04/21/kirby-triple-deluxe-epic-commerical/)

Nintendo Life goes on record writing, "We've seen some terrific TV commercials in our time...but this new offering for Kirby: Triple Deluxe is right up there with the best." (http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/04/nintendo_gets_dramatic_in_new_kirby_triple_deluxe_tv_commercial)

We're rooting for a mash-up of Mozart and Mario Kart next.

Click here to view the commercial: http://youtu.be/Z4hbM1iig_E

PARMA worked in conjunction with Beverly Hills-based scoreAscore and Leo Burnett of Chicago for this project.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New PARMA Artist: Eight Strings & a Whistle

We at PARMA are pleased to announce that New York City trio Eight Strings & a Whistle have signed with PARMA Recordings! We have been following them for a while (and you should, too) and we couldn't be happier to have them join our growing roster of talented artists. We will be working with Eight Strings & a Whistle on their debut release as a trio later this year.

Eight Strings & a Whistle formed in 1998 as Suzanne Gilchrest (flute), Matt Goeke (cello) and Ina Litera (viola), performing new and contemporary works composed for the Trio’s unique combination of flute, viola and cello. Their intricate and musical playing allows for each work performed to be its own gem, highlighting its unique timbre and color.

In addition to contemporary works, the trio
 perform original repertoire from the Baroque period and works by established composers from Europe and North and South America dating from the mid-19th through the end of the 20th centuries.

ESW will be performing this coming Monday (4/28) in Eaton, CT.  You can find out more about the trio and upcoming performances on their website: www.

Keep an eye out for Matt, Suzanne, and Ina in the coming months and watch them live at the Tenri Institute below.

Reflecting on PARMA Music Festival Presents: Music By the Sea

This past Saturday in the beautiful coastal town of Rockport MA, PARMA showcased five spectacular performances at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at "Music By the Sea," a special concert presented by the PARMA Music Festival. The concert was a taste of the genre-defying, eclectic, and diverse programs that you can be sure to experience at this year's Festival, taking place in Portsmouth NH, August 13-16.

As the guests flowed down from the lovely reception hall, the evening opened with Sarah Borrello, a young singer/songwriter from the Boston area, whose presence at the piano matched her powerful and emotive voice.
Next, Lyricora, a 23-part choral group conducted by C. Thomas Brooks, sang four a cappella works with an elegance and a grace that was inspiring to all listening. The selections demonstrated the ensemble's ability to execute both contemporary and traditional pieces with passion and precision.
Following Lyricora, duo526, comprised of pianist Futaba Niekawa and violinist Kerry DuWors, gave beautiful and moving interpretations of two sonatas, a Janáček and a Grieg, which are featured on their upcoming Navona Records release, BALLADE.
Then composer and pianist Erik Lindgren, members of Goli Music - percussionist Vessela Stoyanova and cellist Valerie Thompson - and saxophonist, flutist, and composer Ken Field, a member of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, took to the stage. Playing original compositions written by Erik, the four performers brought an energy and playfulness to the fusion and tango-inspired pieces.
Finally, cellist Paige Stockley performed the five movements of composer Peter Vukmirovic Stevens' Navona Records release, AUGUST RUINS (2013). Stockley's wonderful and gripping interpretation of Stevens' intense, challenging, and expressive work provided the conclusion which the exceptional evening deserved.
PARMA would like to thank all who came out and supported Saturday's performance, and the accommodating staff of the Shalin Liu. 

Come join us at the PARMA Music Festival, August 13-16 in Portsmouth NH, for even more memorable performances! More info here: www.parmamusicfestival.org/about.html

Photography by Joe St. Pierre: www.joestpierrephoto.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

Website Design Updates

As you may have noticed, one of our label websites has gotten a facelift recently. We launched the newly designed Big Round Records site on April 1st, and have received some great feedback. We added a few features, such as the ability to click and view larger album artwork for each album, adding a catalog index page where you can view and access all of the label's releases, and spiced up the home page with a new interactive carousel and graphic slider. Please visit the new Big Round Records site to see these improvements in action!

And there is more on the way – look for updates to our Navona and Ravello Records' websites later this year.

Friday, April 11, 2014

I've always felt that we creative types do things a bit differently then everyone else. The rest of the world might wonder why we might stare out the window, go for a walk, or toss a ball around the office while under the pressure of deadlines. Here is a great article I found that shed some light of the eccentric habits of creative people.


New PARMA Artist: Kathryn Goodson

PARMA is excited to welcome pianist Kathryn Goodson to our expanding roster of artists. This project will feature Kathryn in collaboration with a team of four world-renowned wind and brass soloists, each highly-celebrated artists in their own right. Their collective experience includes countless performances with major orchestras and chamber ensembles worldwide, a wealth of new repertoire inspired by them, a plethora of recordings and master classes, as well as positions teaching at prestigious universities. Randall Hawes, bass trombonist, saxophonists Timothy McAllister and Donald Sinta, and hornist Gail Williams collaborate with Kathryn Goodson for their first simultaneous release in BELLE NUIT, a 2-CD set of Romantic-era French repertoire, original works and transcriptions for piano and winds. Disc I, Sonate et Rhapsodie, presents major works by Debussy, Chabrier, Fabien Gabel and Franck. Disc II, Romances et Mélodies, is a seamless collection of short pieces by Ravel, Duparc, Messiaen, Honegger, Bizet, Offenbach, Singelée, Fauré and Debussy.

Kathryn Goodson is an international performer, curator and coach. Recording and recital collaborations have taken her across Europe, to Japan and venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Cathédrale de Rheims, Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, the Stuttgart Liederhalle, and the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming in July 2014. Kathryn has taught her master class, Songs4Winds, at schools throughout the U.S. and teaches an annual seminar,Amerikanisches Lied, at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, Germany. From home base in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she is a regular ensemble and outreach guest of the Detroit and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras, including the 2013 DSO Carnegie Hall Charles Ives Project. She is also a founding pianist of a thriving A2SO chamber music series for children, now in its 9th season. Additionally, Kathryn is a collaborative pianist & coach for the University of Michigan School of Music and Director of Music at Northside Community Church and its benefit series, Concerts4aCause. Kathryn holds a B.M in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory with Professor Robert Shannon, and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan with Artur Schnabel Professor of Collaborative Piano, Martin Katz. A Fulbright Scholar to Germany twice, she also holds the Konzertexam in Liedgestaltung with highest honors from the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Professor Hartmut Höll, Dean of the school. Kathryn has been fortunate to have made music with magnificent partners; BELLE NUIT is a tribute to some special relationships.

For a preview of BELLE NUIT, featuring compositions in order by Fabien Gabel, Maurice Ravel, Henri Duparc and César Franck,click here: http://kathryngoodson.com/CDpreview.php. For a sample of Kathryn's solo playing, hear her performance below of Ellen Rowe's "Lullaby", written for Kathryn.

Monday, April 7, 2014

PARMA Licensing: Atlanta Film Festival Wrap-Up

From left to right: Danya Levine, Richard Devine,
Gina Barboza, and Jake Weinreb

PARMA Licensing enjoyed their whirlwind trip to the Atlanta Film Festival this past week, where they presented their panel "The Art and Logistics of Creating and Placing Music in Media" as part of the Festival's Creative Conference.

PARMA Licensing's Managing Director, Jake Weinreb, moderated the panel, which featured a handful of Atlanta's media industry
heavy-hitters: Danya Levine (Supervising Producer, CNN), Gina Barboza (Director of Music Licensing and Development, Turner Entertainment Networks), and Richard Devine (Owner, Composer, and Sound Designer, Devinesound).

Together, the team tackled a variety of subjects in the field, from a look at the legal process for clearing music in a film on the festival circuit, to the challenges of contracting a composer and interpreting someone else's art.

Christopher Escobar, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival,  
introduces the panel
The audience at the Plaza Theatre was filled with filmmakers and musicians alike, who jumped at the chance to ask questions of the panelists - topics ran the gamut from the legalities of using music in online video platforms, to how media-makers decide on what music they ultimately use in a project.

Following the panel, PARMA announced the three grand prize winners of their Film Music Contest, a co-venture with the Atlanta Film Festival.

PARMA thanks the entire Atlanta Film Festival team for putting on such a fantastic event, as well as Gina, Danya, and Richard for being a part of such an engaging panel.

Thank you to all of the talented filmmakers who submitted to the contest, and congratulations to the three grand prize winners!

1st Place:
So You've Grown Attached
Kate Tsang

2nd Place:
Monkey Rag
Joanna Davidovich

3rd Place:
Chell Stephen

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rapido! Take Four!! Composition Competition Announcement

PARMA is pleased to announce our partnership with the Atlanta Chamber Players in this year's Rapido! Competition Contest.

The Rapido! Contest was founded in 2009 by the Atlanta Chamber Players & the Antinori Foundation as a means for promoting new chamber music compositions.

Composers will have 14 days to write a 4-6 minute film score. 15 regional semifinalists will have their works performed at regional concerts in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco, and five finalists will have their works performed at the National Finals Concert in Atlanta in February 2015.

One national winner will receive a two-week residency at the Hambridge Center for the Arts in Georgia. The first prize winner will also receive a $7,500 commission to expand his or her work to be performed by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva, Fifth House Ensemble, Voices of Change, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in Fall 2015. The commission will also include a new work to be premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2016.

Here's a video for composers from last year's competition:

PARMA will be recording the premiere performance of the expanded chamber work and digitally releasing the winning film score to online vendors via Naxos.

Registration opens on April 28th and closes on June 2nd. The first 100 registrants will be eligible for the contest, and composers of any age are invited to register.

For more information and registration guidelines and requirements, visit the official Rapido! website at www.rapidocompositioncontest.com/information.html.