Monday, March 31, 2014

PARMA Artist Event: Borromeo String Quartet Plays Cacioppo

Photo by Renato D'Agostin
This Sunday, April 6 at 3:00 PM, the internationally-acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet will perform Kinaaldá: the Rite of Changing Woman by PARMA composer Curt Cacioppo at Haverford College as part of Haverford’s Concert Artist Series.  The piece, from LAWS OF THE PIPE (Navona), celebrates the coming-of-age ceremony of the Navajo.  Preceding the concert at 2:00 PM will be a discussion with Cacioppo and his mentor, Navajo spiritual leader John Co'ií Cook, who is from the Piñon/Upper Burnt Corn Valley region of Diné Bikéyah in Arizona.

The concert will take place in Marshall Auditorium at Haverford College, Haverford PA.  More information, ticket prices, and directions can be found here:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Art And Music, A Natural Pair

Art and music, a natural pair. Both are interpretive and expressive so it is natural for the two to come together in our package designs. Album art is an important part of any release as it is often the first contact the listener will have with the album. Much like increased curb appeal draws people into your home, the cover art must both compel the viewer to engage it, as well as accurately depict the music inside.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Arthur Gottschalk Wins GMA Gold Medal for Composition

We are pleased to announce that PARMA composer Arthur Gottschalk has been awarded a Gold Medal in composition from Global Music Awards for his cello sonata In Memoriam.  In addition, Arthur also won a Silver Medal from GMA for his original score Amelia

As stated on their website (, “GMA is a showcase for original music, unique voices and undiscovered and emerging artists.”  Although Arthur has a catalog of almost 200 compositions ranging from film scores to chamber works to electronica, has been recognized throughout the world, from the United States to Italy, and even had a day named after him from the City of Houston TX; the recognition by GMA only substantiates Arthur as a talented composer of contemporary music.    

In Memoriam is a sonata for cello and piano, featured on the Navona album MOTO PERPETUO (2013) and performed by cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and pianist Janet Ahlquist.  More info on the album here:

Arthur is an active composer and Professor of Music Composition at Rice University in Houston TX.  This summer PARMA is recording Arthur’s Requiem for the Living in St. Petersburg with the St. Petersburg State Symphony and the St. Petersburg Voices, conducted by Vladimir Lande.  Stay tuned to the PARMA site and blog for more news about Arthur's upcoming projects with us.

2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition

We are happy to announce the 2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition, the third annual competition by PARMA for student composers from around the world. 

To be eligible, you must be 30 years old or younger, currently studying composition either at an institution or through private instruction, and must submit a composition written for brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, bass and tenor trombones). The piece should be 10 minutes or less in length. 

Ten winners will be selected to have their works published in the 2014 PARMA Anthology of Music including one Grand Prize Winner whose piece will be premiered at the 2014 PARMA Music Festival (August 13-16 in Portsmouth NH) by the Redline Brass Quintet. All ensemble, rehearsal, and publicity costs will be subsidized by PARMA and the performance will be included in all promotional materials for the Festival.

There is no submission fee. Submissions will be accepted from April 1st until May 2nd. More guideline information will be provided on the Call for Scores page on the Competition’s website.

The last two years' competitions produced outstanding responses, with hundreds of students submitting works for consideration. The ten winners from both years are featured in the 2012 and 2013 PARMA Anthologies of Music. The 2012 Grand Prize Winner Quinn Dizon's Awakening was recorded by Clayton Hoener, Hannah Shields, Peter Sulski, and Ron Lowry (pictured left) in August 2012 and is featured on PERCEPTIONS (Navona). The 2013 Grand Prize Winner Tina Tallon’s selective defrosting was premiered at the 2013 PARMA Music Festival by the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra String Quartet (pictured below).

Quinn Dizon, commenting on his experience, says, "While the recording I received from this competition is remarkable in quality, far more meaningful to me is that PARMA showed me that there are amazingly talented people working incredibly hard to bring the music of our generation to life.”

Competition Timeline
April 1 - May 2, 2014 - Submission period
May 2014 - Judging period
Mid June 2014 - Winners announced

PARMA Music Festival
The citywide musical showcase is the brainchild of PARMA Recordings, whose mission is to bring new music to new audiences. The four-day festival in Portsmouth NH will include day- and night-time events and performances, and will conclude with a concert at The Music Hall on August 16. The PARMA Music Festival is a celebration of the best in contemporary music, from classical and jazz to electronic and rock and much more. With everything from live music to panel discussions to visual art and educational events, the Festival brings together a wonderfully diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen.

The nonprofit Festival’s mission is to present compelling and eclectic music to new and existing audiences, all while showcasing the beauty and culture that Seacoast New Hampshire has to offer. The Festival partners with local and international arts organizations to program these unique concerts, in which multiple genres of music are presented side-by-side in venues ranging from the concert hall to the local bar, with unconventional experiments and enlightening educational opportunities along the way.

Redline Brass Quintet
The Redline Brass Quintet met while diligently studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. Inspired to continue rewarding musical experiences together, the group accepted a fellowship in Community Outreach at the Longy School of Music, Bard College, in Cambridge MA. There, they trained rigorously with former Empire Brass (and BSO) trombonist Norman Bolter and earned an Artist Diploma for their contribution to the Longy community. In recognition of their “skill and artistry in engaging audiences of all ages and contexts,” RBQ was awarded the first President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Artistry from the Longy School of Music.

In only a few years, the Redline Brass Quintet has performed numerous recitals, been featured in Longy's Family Concert Series at Pickman Hall, and premiered several brand new works for brass quintet. They have collaborated with the Boston Composer's Coalition and most recently performed a challenging new work by Mr. John Morrison, written specifically for RBQ, titled Conquest of Cold.  

Ethan Fortin
PARMA Recordings            
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PARMA Licensing Reveals the Finalists for Their Film Music Contest with the Atlanta Film Festival

PARMA Licensing and the Academy Award® qualifying, international Atlanta Film Festival have teamed up for the PARMA & ATLFF Film Music Contest, giving chosen festival participants the opportunity to win $25,000 of in-kind music and services, courtesy of PARMA's music supervision team.

The finalists have been chosen, and on Friday, April 4, 2014, the 3 winners will be announced following PARMA's panel, "The Art & Logistics of Creating and Placing Music in Media," at the Festival. 

All films will be judged based on quality of direction, script, and creativity.

The 10 finalists, and their respective films, in the running for the PARMA & ATLFF Film Music Contest are as follows:

Jeremy Robbins

Confusion Through Sand
Ornana Films

Chell Stephen

Ed is a Portal
Darrell C. Hazelrig

Monkey Rag
Joanna Davidovich

So You've Grown Attached
Kate Tsang

Strange Wonderful
Stephanie Swart

Thomas Bennett
Nathan Honnold

Without Fire
Eliza McNitt

March Releases

Happy release day from all of us at PARMA! Today marks the release day for three albums on Navona: THE BRIGHT AND RUSHING WORD, POLARITIES, and SONIC FLIGHT, and earlier this month we released IN THE KEY OF C-SPAN, VOL. 1. Click "read more" for more information and album previews.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

PARMA Licensing Presents Panel and Announces Contest Winners at 2014 Atlanta Film Festival

PARMA Licensing presents “The Art and Logistics of Creating and Placing Music in Media” panel at the Atlanta Film Festival on Friday, April 4, 2014.

This panel will address the integral role that music plays in film, television, and advertisements, in addition to the logistics, legalities, and coordination that comes with the territory. We’ll cover everything from the necessary steps that are involved with licensing pre-recorded music for a project, to contracting and working with a composer.

Following the panel, we will announce the winners of the PARMA & ATLFF Film Music Contest. More information about the contest can be found here:

Complete details regarding the event are below.

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“The Art and Logistics of Creating and Placing Music in Media”

Date: Friday April 4th, 2014

Time: 10am to 11am

Location: The Plaza Theatre - 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave N, Atlanta, GA 30306 (

To RSVP and view the complete schedule of events, visit:

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PARMA and the Atlanta Film Festival are pleased to welcome our panelists:

JAKE WEINREB (Moderator) - Managing Director, PARMA Licensing LLC
GINA BARBOZA - Director of Music Licensing & Development, Turner Entertainment Networks
DANYA LEVINE - Supervising Producer, CNN
RICHARD DEVINE - Owner, Composer and Sound Designer, Devinesound

JAKE WEINREB – Managing Director, PARMA Licensing LLC
Jake Weinreb serves as Managing Director for PARMA Licensing LLC, a synchronization firm specializing in the creation, placement and clearance of music for media, as well as the production of live orchestral, chamber, choral, and non-traditional world music.

Utilizing PARMA’s unique capabilities in producing large-ensemble score, in conjunction with a focus on strategic audio branding, Jake has managed a wide spectrum of projects such as the production of a rebranded sports theme for CBS (which was recorded with a 65-player European orchestra, and premiered during the 2013 Super Bowl broadcast), music clearance and placement for the GMC/NFL “Never Say Never” web campaign, and the creation and production of original score for popular television series such as “Archer” (FX) and “Falling Skies” (TNT).

In addition to PARMA’s music supervision and custom audio work, Jake oversees the administration of the PARMA Licensing Catalog, which spans an array of musical styles and genres and has been placed in such settings as ABC, HBO, MTV, A&E, C-SPAN, Discovery Channel, Showtime, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Microsoft, as well as a variety of independent films and documentaries.

Jake is a life-long percussionist and pianist, as well as a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Massachusetts with a BM in Music Business.

GINA BARBOZA - Director of Music Licensing & Development, Turner Entertainment Networks
Gina Barboza is the Director of Music Licensing and Development for Turner Entertainment Networks (TBS, TCM & TNT). She has been working there for over 17 years where up until last year she also wore another hat as the Director of Production producing promo shoots with all the actors in TBS & TNT television shows.  In 2001, she formed and became the CEO of Balancing ACTS Entertainment LLC to produce, write and develop screenplays for television and film as well as consult music artists and indie labels. She is a member of WIFTA (Women in Film & Television Atlanta), NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) as well as a volunteer and former member of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Her most important role is being a mother to daughters Sasha and Mariah.

DANYA LEVINE – Supervising Producer, CNN
Danya Levine is an award winning Supervising Producer for CNN and HLN on air promotion. Levine has developed successful strategies for branding and messaging across CNN Worldwide’s multiple platforms, such as CNN iReport, Dr. Sanjay Gupta ‘s WEED documentaries, Soledad O’Brien’s Latino in America, the CNN/YouTube debates and image campaigns for Nancy Grace, Larry King Live, and Dr. Drew. In the past she has steered partnerships with music companies that sonic branded CNNI and HLN campaigns.

Prior to her role at CNN, Levine worked at the NBC flagship in New York City. While serving as WNBC’s Creative Services writer and producer, she received two Local EMMY awards and six nominations.  They were the #1 rated 5pm and 11pm newscasts.

Levine graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and began her career from the basement of Burson Marstellar’s in house production agency as an edit assistant. In her 15 year television career, she has worn many hats from edit assist to production assistant to news desk booker, before a senior executive at CNBC gave her a chance in their on air promotion department.

In 2006, Levine received a Mark Excellence award for her work on a Time Warner cable spot featuring Anderson Cooper. She has also received five Promax and BDA awards, and her first national EMMY nomination for her work on Latino in America.

RICHARD DEVINE – Owner, Composer and Sound Designer, Devinesound
Richard Devine has remixed top Warp artists like Aphex Twin and Mike Patton (Faith No More). He has released 4 full-length albums on Schematic, Warp, Asphodel, and Sublight records and has performed his own ear-tearing music mayhem worldwide. Based from Atlanta, Georgia he has done film score work for Touchstone Pictures (with John Hues & Kyle Cooper). He has also collaborated with BT (Brian Transeau on movie “Surveillance” Directed by Adam Rifkin, Odopod, Elias Arts, Wieden & Kennedy, AKQA Inc., and have done sound mangling/programming for Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, composed and designed commercials for the Nike Shoe Company and worked with various companies doing sound design for Audi, BMW, Ford, Scion, Coke, LandRover, Peugeot, Dodge, HBO, Nestle, Nike Japan & USA, McDonald's, Sprite, Spike Television network and has also worked with Konami gaming division for the Dance-Dance Revolution game. In 2007 he signed a deal with Sony Media to release his first two Sound Effects libraries, "Pulse" and "The Electronic Manuscript" which won 2009's best sample library by Remix Technology Awards. In 2008 Richard launched a new sound design company "Devinesound" which was nominated the Cannes Lions Award for the sound design work on the interactive web site for Microsoft Gaming division-Halo Believe Campaign.

Monday, March 17, 2014

PARMA Artist Spotlight: Elaine Huckle

If you are familiar with the United Kingdom's contemporary music community and haven't heard of mezzo-soprano Elaine Huckle yet, you will soon - she has recently been featured on "Three Counties Radio" with Helen Legh on BBC, and will be appearing in a musical production of "Little Red Riding Hood."

Elaine released her album, TOWARD THE LIGHT, with PARMA in 2012 featuring 12 tracks of Baroque works spanning from Brahms to Schubert, to great acclaim. Since then, Elaine has been focused on new projects in the UK.

Elaine is currently working on Jarka Production's setting of "Little Red Riding Hood," titled "Lady Red Riding Hood."  Elaine is appearing as the Grandma in this musical adaption for the stage.  You can view the video trailer featuring Elaine below.

Elaine has just updated her website to include streaming audio from her newest recording "Music for a While," you can listen below and keep an eye on Elaine's site for updates:

Friday, March 7, 2014

When Typography Speaks Louder Than Words

In design, we often use typography to explore the interaction between the look of the words and what they are actually saying. A certain aspect of balance has to be achieved between visual and verbal aspects of design, and in some cases, it is the visual language of the typography that does all of the talking. Different uses of font, case, scale, color, and positioning can suggest a significantly different meaning of the same combination of words–in this sense, typography can be used to make an even an unpleasant message seem attractive and pleasing.

Here is a great article that showcase several designs and their different uses of typography to reinforce the meaning and tone of their statements:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New PARMA Artist: Kevin Walczyk

PARMA is excited to announce that we will be working with Oregon-based composer Kevin Walczyk on his debut release with PARMA Recordings. We are pleased to have Kevin join our growing family of artists.

PARMA will be entering the studio this year to record his composition for piano and string orchestra  "A Goodbye Too Soon." This piece piece will be featured on an upcoming compilation album so stay tuned for updates!

Walczyk is currently Professor of music at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon where he teaches composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, film scoring, media production, and serves as the Graduate Music Coordinator. We are looking forward to working with Kevin and his music!

IN THE KEY OF C-SPAN in the Washington Post

IN THE KEY OF C-SPAN: Great Works as Heard on C-SPAN Television, Volume 1 was digitally released today, accompanied by a timely overview in the Washington Post this morning by Emily Heil.

IN THE KEY OF C-SPAN features tracks spanning Brahms and Mozart, to PARMA composer Scott Pender's original composition,"In the Time Before."  Volume 1 marks the premiere release of the digital music collections featuring works from PARMA Recordings' audio catalog which have been used in C-SPAN's programming.

PARMA and C-SPAN first teamed up in January 2013 on the C-SPAN series First Ladies: Influence & Image, for which PARMA produced a customized theme song. In May 2013, PARMA signed on as C-SPAN's music provider, placing content from its audio catalog across the network's original programming, promotions, and Senate quorum calls.

Follow the link below to read more and pick up the album digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Naxos, and more today.

Washinton Post Article