Friday, August 29, 2014

North American Premiere of Fredrick Kaufman's "Guernica Piano Concerto"

GUERNICA / Navona Records
We at PARMA are excited to share that the American premiere of PARMA composer Fredrick Kaufman's "Guernica Piano Concerto" featuring Kemal Gekic will be held tomorrow night (Aug. 30th) with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.  

The premiere is part of the "Festival Interamericano de las Artes 2014" taking place in San Juan, P.R. Read more on Fredrick and the festival over at Fox News



The "Guernica Piano Concerto" is the cornerstone of Fredrick's GUERNICA release with PARMA Recordings available by streaming, download, and physical below.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PARMA Music Festival 2014 Recap

Day One: August 13th, 2014 

Juan Álamo
The festival kicked off on Wednesday, August 13th at the North Church of Portsmouth NH with a PARMA Artist Showcase featuring pieces from composers and performers. The rain was coming down in buckets, but that didn't stop us from setting the tune for the whole weekend.

Festival goers enjoyed solo performances on the marimba by Juan Álamo, piano soloist Karolina Rojahn and The Larksong Trio, wrapping up the performance with electronic pieces from composers Greg Bartholomew and Pamela MarshallLater that day another performance featured the works PARMA has placed for programming with C-SPAN, in attendance was C-SPAN President, Robert Kennedy. These pieces included some of PARMA's own composers, such as Paul Osterfield and Yves Ramette. 


The evening kicked off with an artistic experience with the works of Andy Heck Boyd and the musical stylings of DJ Nick Mainella at The Buoy Gallery in Kittery ME, followed by performances from Briana Cash and Ovidiu Marinescu.            

Buoy Gallery
Ovidiu Marinescu

We danced the night away with a packed house at The Dance Hall in Kittery with Shango!

Shango at The Dance Hall

Day Two: August 14th, 2014


Sophie Dunér
A bright and sunny Thursday started at the South Church in Portsmouth NH with chamber pieces highlighting styles of contemporary classical from Sweden. Composers such as Sophie Dunér and Adam O'Dell performed their own work. Electronic pieces by Garrett Schumann and Robert Fleischer awed all in attendance. Solo piano pieces performed by Chiharu Naruse presented composers Sergio Cervetti, Frederick Kaufman, and Robert DeGaetano. 

The audience was wowed by the Boston New Music Initiative that played small ensemble works by contemporary composers, including PARMA Artist, Ingrid Stölzel. The evening continued with a visit to the Portsmouth Music & Arts Center to enjoy tunes from three talented guitarists, Michael Gregory Jackson & Tim Webb,  and Alex Lubet & Maja Radovanlija.

The night wrapped up at The Underground Lounge at The Red Door with an experimental performance of alternative and classical music coming together.

The Underground Lounge at the Red Door, Portsmouth NH






Day Three: August 15th, 2014

C-SPAN President Robert Kennedy
"The performances were top notch and to coin a phrase, my 'brain was full' with new music concepts by the end of the third day. I don’t think I’ve ever had a musical experience quite like it!" - Robert Kennedy

A beautiful Friday morning began with PARMA's PENDULUM Album Release Concert. This featured PARMA composers on the release, Chris Arrell, Doron Kima, Alex Freeman, Jorge Variego, Philip Carlson, Eric Nathan, and Clifton Callendar. Works were performed by trios, duets, small ensembles, and piano soloists. The concert also included works by PARMA Artists Gregory Hutter, Rain Worthington, Jim Rhinehart, and Mei-Fang Lin

The afternoon brought about the LUNAR Ensemble for a magical experience of Shakespearean pieces. The evening kicked off with a mini concert featuring Matthias Muller on the SABRe at The River Run Bookstore followed by a meet and greet with composers and performers. 

The Thirsty Moose Taphouse hosted a showcase for international clarinetist Matthias Muller and local Boston based talent, the Will Dailey Trio.

Ovidiu Marinescu and Matthias Muller




Day 4: August 16th, 2014

The final day of the festival! We started the day with a morning gathering at The Music Hall Loft with the mood set by composer and improvisational pianist Gregory Hall, followed by a music licensing panel discussion, with moderator and film composer Mason Daring, Christian Hanlon, Dustin Levine and Justin Poirier. Following the discussion, local artist Joe Young played while festival goers were able to meet with the panelists.

Kids and parents alike were grinning ear to ear when the Great Bay Academy of Dance, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra & NHPR's Amanda Loder teamed up for a performance of Peter & The Wolf. The performance was followed by the New Orleans Jazz-style band, Soggy Po' Boys.  

                                 
Saturday night ended with a bang! THE MAIN EVENT! The event was held at The Music Hall's Historic Theater and featured composers and performers of all types. The night started off with a performance of a piece by Michael Mikulka, winner of the 2014 PARMA Student Composer Competition. Performances by Portsmouth Pro Musica, Our Big Band, Taylor O'Donnell, and Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra completed the night, the weekend, and the festival! 

Ovidiu Marinescu with conductor John Page and the PSO
“I cannot say how much fun I had at the festival last week/weekend - I echo both your exhaustion after all of that and the joy you took in having me there. I am so happy I could make it and hope it isn't my last time in attendance!” - Garrett Schumann


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PARMA Student Composer Competition & Anthology of Music

Each spring, PARMA Recordings holds the Student Composer Competition as a means of furthering our commitment to the next generation of great composers. The competition is open to current students of composition under the age of 30; the outpouring of submissions which we get yearly is an exciting indication of a generation of boundless talent on the horizon. 

Each year, we assemble a group of composers and performers from the PARMA family to coalesce a list of the 10 best from all of the submissions to be included in our yearly anthology. This anthology is made available to anyone, anywhere, free of charge, in the hopes of shining a spotlight on the future of contemporary classical music. The anthologies from the past 2 years are available here.


Michael Mikulka
Out of the 10 pieces which were picked for inclusion in the 2014 PARMA Anthology of Music, we chose one Grand Prize Winner to be awarded an additional prize. This year, University of Texas student Michael Mikulka was awarded the honor of having his piece To Throw performed live on stage at the main event of the 2014 PARMA Music Festival by the Redline Brass Quintet

Michael is currently pursuing his DMA in Composition and is active as a player in the UT Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and Horn Choir. He is also the founder and conductor of the Vine Orchestra, who held a call for scores under 6 seconds in length in late 2013 and played 52 of the over 150 submissions live in concert in December. He is also founder of www.newbandmusic.com, a website which offers a free service for emerging composers to self-publish their wind ensemble pieces.  

Congratulations to Michael and all of the other PARMA Student Composer Competition participants! Keep an eye out for the 2014 PARMA Anthology of Music later this year.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August Releases on Navona, Ravello, and Big Round Records

PENDULUM
NV5963
Various Artists



The 28th edition of the Society of Composers, Inc. release series and the 4th on Navona Records, PENDULUM extrapolates and elaborates on several themes relating to variation, transformation, repetition, and more. This installment features works from seven SCI composers: Doron Kima's As From a Dream focuses on changes in texture as well as symmetry, developing varying thematic episodes throughout; Metamorphoses II by Clifton Callender is a gradual transformation of musical figures, employing harmonic extensions typical of folk fiddling; Jorge Variego, in Walls (flute nonet), presents a study on perception, using a nine-note block and rotating it in many directions as if it is three-dimensional; Alex Freeman's Night on the Prairies, taking its name from a Walt Whitman poem, preserves the purity of the mid-West prairies and alludes to simple campfire tunes of the region; Wing Over Wing, Eric Nathan's song-cycle, explores the various concepts associated with the definition of flight, taking imagery from Whitman's poems and his own... Read More

SOUL OF THE MACHINE
NV5965
Sarah Wallin Huff



As in a Philip K. Dick or Isaac Asimov novel, composer Sarah Wallin Huff's music on SOUL OF THE MACHINE, her debut solo release on Navona Records, explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity. Wallin Huff's string quartet Anima Mechanicae: Soul of the Machine is a reimagining of minimalist techniques, in the style of Philip Glass, and uses mathematical ratios to determine rhythmic and tonal patterns, setting a science fiction tale of a computer that is given the chance to experience human emotions. Another work that has an overarching tale, one of uncertainty and identity, is Courage Triptych, a cinematic suite of "images," while Adoré transforms the hymn "My Tribute" by Andraé Crouch into an open and ethereal piece, remindful of Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question. The sonata for violin and piano, Gypsy Wanderer, is a study of patterns, colors, and formula, creating rhythmic and harmonic wanderings. The three movements of Counterpoint Invariable follow a strict arrangement of phrases, varying only the compositional material, illustrating that mechanical designs can produce emotive beauty. Read More

CLEMENTI GRAND
NV5966
Shuko Watanabe, Timothy Gaylard



What must it feel like to play an instrument that is one of seven known to exist in the world and is two hundred years old? Pianists Shuko Watanabe and Timothy Gaylard know this feeling, playing works written by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) on a Clementi grandforte piano in pieces on the Navona Records release, CLEMENTI GRAND. 

The Clementi grand featured on this album was a gift by Dr. Lawrence Smith and his wife Ganelle to the Department of Music at Washington & Lee University in Lexington VA, and celebrates the bicentennial of its production this year. Some of Clementi's most well-known pieces as well as some lesser-known works are presented, including four preludes from Musical Character Pieces, two of his didactic sonatinas, the famous Sonata in B-flat that Clementi played in Vienna at a contest with Mozart in 1781, two symphonic-sounding four-handed duets, and a rondo for keyboard and flute, featuring flutist Byron W. Petty. Watanabe and Gaylard honor this Clementi grand fortepiano with energy and enthusiasm. Read More

RITORNELLO
NV5956
Curt Cacioppo



On his latest Navona Records release, RITORNELLO, composer and pianist Curt Cacioppo revisits the beloved country of Italy, recalling places, friends, Italian tales, Don Giovanni, and more to create a detailed sonic story about his experiences and Italian heritage. The three movements of Divertimenti in Italia reflect on different regions of Italy: the town of Alberobello and its unique conical dwellings called trulli; the culture and mountainous terrain of northern Italy; and the musical air of Catania in Sicily. From the Dolomites to Etna, a group of seven piano pieces, not only illustrates various parts of the Italian landscape, but makes reference to stories such as Dante's Inferno in "Nel mezzo del cammin" and presents a musical parody of an aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni in "Burlesca." Women at the Cross is a collection of depictions of women who are significant in the Passion of Jesus Christ, including Mary, the mother of Jesus, Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate, and Veronica, the woman who wiped Jesus' face. Read More

SPECTRA
NV5964
Various Artists



Continuing the mission of the original Capstone Records series by the Connecticut Composers, Inc., this debut Navona Records release of the same name, SPECTRA, highlights six contemporary composers from northeastern United States, who reflect the diversity and progression of today's music. 

The album showcases pieces by composers of Connecticut Composers, Inc.: Droyßiger Wald, by Michael K. Slayton, represents a life of simplicity in a small town outside of Leipzig, Germany. Ken Steen's piece for piano trio, re: Moon in the Afternoon, is a musical responsorial to a single chapter in Italo Calvino's novel Mr. Palomar. Stephen Michael Gryc's elegy for his father, deep-diving loon, takes its name from dervish Yunus Emre, who says a deep-diving loon "represents that individual who is willing to completely immerse himself in the mysteries of life and be transformed." The fast and aggressive piece BA(da)SS by Ryan Jesperson was written for bassist Ryan Ford and is an exercise in using techniques of repetition and double natural harmonics. A suite of five movements, Time Pieces by Margaret Collins Stoop explores various applications and portrayals of the word 'time' while Rose Sonata by Elizabeth R. Austin explores imagery of the rose, quoting a theme from Brahms' Intermezzo No. 2 as well as poetry from Rilke, William Carlos Williams, and Goethe. Read More

AUGUST RUINS LIVE
NV5967
Peter Vukmirovic Stevens



Gavin Borchert of Seattle Weekly applauds Peter Vukmirovic Stevens' AUGUST RUINS (2013), saying, "[Cellist] Paige Stockley plays it stunningly; I would relish the chance to hear her do it live." The opportunity to hear a live performance of Stockley playing Stevens' compelling solo cello work is now available as a digital release through Navona Records, AUGUST RUINS LIVE. The performance by Stockley was recorded on the evening of April 19, 2014 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA, during the special concert event, "Music by the Sea," presented by the PARMA Music Festival. The live recording captures the dynamic nature of Stevens' cello suite, which Stockley describes as works that "reshape themselves over time" (Spotlight Magazine). Stockley's interpretation brings out the raw, expressive, and often brooding energy of Stevens' music. Read More

TRIUMVIRATE
RR7893
Walter Ross



On TRIUMVIRATE, composer Walter Ross' second release on Ravello Records, the concerto is showcased as a genre, illustrating that tension and opposition can create balance and richness. Throughout the three concerti, themes, timbres, rhythms, and tempos juxtapose each other, building webs of contrasting musical elements and textures. In Ross' Clarinet Concerto, the two outer movements, "Fantasia" and "Capriccio," move with the energy of dance rhythms while the middle movement, "Romanza," drifts with dreaminess and impressionistic lyricism. His Piano Concerto, Mosaics opens with an episodic first movement, pairing syncopated rhythms with tuneful melodies. The second movement, "Largo malincolico," dynamically matches a melancholic section with a celebratory section as the third movement, considered a "devil's dance fantasy," builds suspense and mystery before going into a playful and percussive flourish. Read More

THE DAYDREAM
BR8936
The Daydream



THE DAYDREAM is the debut release on Big Round Records of children's music by The Daydream, a family music group consisting of Scott and Cathy Liebenow with their children McKenna, Mark, and Mia. Combining their music education and composition experience, the Liebenows present original, engaging, and educational songs for the whole family. Songs like My Amazing Nose, Billions of Bugs, What's in My Backpack, and 10 Little Bowling Pins teach kids about the wonders of the world around them while tunes like Fun on this Train, Pop Goes the Popcorn, and My Cell Phone are enjoyable sing-alongs. Entertaining and informative, this album is geared towards the development of a child's appreciation of music and the world, whether it be in the classroom or at home. Read More

Kickstarter: "Three Songs" for Trio Casals

We at PARMA are proud to announce that we recently recorded NY based composer Diane Jones' "Three Songs" for Trio Casals in Pennsylvania with the trio last month. These three pieces will showcase Diane's flexibility and range as a composer, as well as Trio Casals' instrumental mastery.

The "Three Songs" that make up this work are:  "Street Song" - a frantic movement inspired by busy streets and sidewalks.  Everyone vies for space on the street, all the while driving endlessly forward, forward, forward; "Mountain Song" - gentle breezes, fresh air, and clear skies are a dramatic change from city streets.  This movement is flowing and lyrical, with the melody introduced by the 'cello and brought to a beautiful end with the violin; and finally, "Sky Song" - music filled with mixed emotions and love, the melody evokes the essence of Diane's late brother, as he watches over his wife and children, left behind far too soon.

Diane has created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the cost of production. Check out her video below to get a taste of the songs and support this campaign!


Nice and Easy

Since I started playing, listening to, and studying music over ten years ago, I've noticed that there's a faction of people who don't find much reward in music that doesn't make you want to groove, nod your head, or drive twenty miles over the speed limit.

While the upbeat stuff is all good fun (and probably outweighs everything else on my CD shelf 2 to 1), by closing off your ears and your minds to the other side of the spectrum, you're missing out on half a world's worth of heartfelt artistic expression.

And in the words of Garth Algar, that's just really sad. Because you're not just going through life without the music itself - you're living without taking in the beauty and the serenity that it embodies.

As we ramp up into the home stretch of preparations for this year's PARMA Music Festival, we understand now more than ever how important it is to find a minute or two amid the chaos to click your brain off and just relax. The songs on this playlist have helped to keep me mellow as we count down the hours before the nonstop action and excitement that the festival will bring, and I think they'll help you unwind and float off to your happy place too.

So have a listen and take it easy for now, and we'll see you at the Kickoff! event tomorrow morning at the North Church of Portsmouth.

Friday, August 8, 2014

New PARMA Artist: Edgar Barroso

We are pleased to announce that composer Edgar Barroso has signed on to release his debut album with PARMA Recordings! He joins a growing roster of artists committed to exciting and adventurous new music.This album will feature a mix of programmatic and process-oriented chamber ensemble and electro-acoustic works from the past 10 years of Barroso's career.

Born in Mexico in 1977 and currently doing research at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology in Switzerland, Barroso recently received his Ph.D. in Music Composition from Harvard University, where he was appointed Director of the Harvard Group for New Music from 2010 through 2014. Barroso is part of the inaugural class of Harvard Horizons Scholars. His works have been interpreted in important forums in North America, Ibero-America, Asia and Europe. During 2006-2012 he received several National and International Prizes in Music Composition and Multimedia, including the Francis Boott Prize in Music Composition, Best Audio Award from the International Black&White Multimedia Festival, Grand Prize from the Harvarrd University Live Electronics International Composition Competition, and the "Young Creator Award" from the National Fund for Culture and Arts, Mexico.

Lately, his work has divided between music writing, social activism and the study of trans-disciplinary collaboration. He is the founder of the Open Source Creation Group dedicated to the implementation and analysis of trans-disciplinary academic programs along with entrepreneurial and social innovation.

The instrumentation on Barroso's debut album will run the gamut from solo accordion to string quartet to six vocalists to various other ensembles and combinations of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Check out the links and video below for more information and examples of his work, and be sure to keep an eye out for updates on this upcoming release.





Thursday, August 7, 2014

PARMA Music Festival Composer Spotlight: Rain Worthington

Rain Worthington
Today we are pleased to shine the Festival spotlight on longtime PARMA composer Rain Worthington.  Rain lives in New York and serves as the Director of Development for New York Women Composers, Inc.  Her music has a distinctly unique voice within the field of contemporary music that touches the human heart with delicate, powerful, and emotionally evocative writing.

Rain's music has been performed internationally and has been featured in articles and reviews in American Record Guide, IAWM Journal, Chamber Music magazine, Fanfare, and MusicWeb-International.  She has been awarded grants from Meet the Composer, ASCAP, the American Music Center, NYFA, and the American Composers Forum.

Rain's music has been featured on three PARMA releases and she is currently working with PARMA on releasing selections from her chamber works.  Rain's violin duo, "Night Stream," was recorded with PARMA in 2013 and will be performed at the PARMA Music Festival Friday, August 15th during the PENDULUM Chamber Music concert.

Listen to an excerpt of Rain's upcoming release, LUMINESCENCE, below, keep an eye out for her next release, and hear some of her music live next week.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New PARMA Artist: Robert Fleisher

photo credit: Darsha Primich
PARMA is pleased to welcome to our roster of artists Dr. Robert Fleisher, a composer whose music has been described as "eloquent," "exemplary," and "astoundingly attractive" by reviewers and listeners alike.

Robert was born in New York City and attended the High School for Music and Art. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado and went on to earn his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois.

A former student of Salvatore Martirano, Ben Johnston, and Paul Zonn, Robert's work has earned him fellowships at Yaddo in New York, the Montalvo Center in California, and the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural Center in Jerusalem.

Robert is also the author of Twenty Israeli Composers: Voices of a Culture, an account on the cultural context and inspiration behind the music of twenty art-music composers in Israel. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, Illinois, where he has taught music theory and composition since 1983.

His piece "Ma mère" for solo cello will be recorded by frequent PARMA collaborator and partner Ovidiu Marinescu to be included on the follow-up release to 2013's MOTO PERPETUO. As with the rest of the follow-up program, "Ma mère" will be part of Ovidiu's return performance to Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in May 2015, as well as another performance at a venue to be determined.

Robert will be flying out to the east coast next week for the second annual PARMA Music Festival. You can hear his piece "Dans le piano" for electronics at the "Lord of the Strings: Chamber Music from Sweden to the U.S." concert, which will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, August 14 at South Church (292 State St., Portsmouth). The concert is free and open to the public and you're encouraged to come say hello and hear some fantastic performances.

Until then, you can listen to his electro-acoustic piece "Loretto Alfresco," which will also be featured in concert during the College Music Society's National Conference in St. Louis, MO on October 30.





Tuesday, August 5, 2014

PARMA Music Festival Event Spotlight: PENDULUM

Today's spotlight falls on the PENDULUM Album Release Concert. This is the 28th edition of the Society of Composers, Inc. release series and the 4th on Navona Records, showcasing works from some of today’s active composers by way of soprano and violin, solo piano, and chamber works as performed by Festival favorites Matthias Müller, Ovidiu Marinescu, and more. 

The music extrapolates and elaborates on several themes relating to variation, transformation, and repetition, featuring the works of Doron Kima, Clifton Callender, Jorge Variego, Alex Freeman, Eric Nathan, Chris Arrell, and Philip Carlsen. At this concert, there will also be performances of works by PARMA Artists Rain Worthington, Greg Hutter, Mei-Fang Lin, and Jim Rhinehart. This collection of music reflects the diversity and originality of techniques coming from some of today's most talented composers; check out the sampler below for a sneak peek at what you can expect to hear:



This concert is free, open to the public, and will take place on Friday, August 15th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church / 101 Chapel St / Portsmouth, NH 03801. See the links below for more information about each of the composers:

- Philip Carlsen: http://www.philcarlsen.com/
- Chris Arrell: http://www.chrisarrell.com/
- Eric Nathan: http://www.ericnathanmusic.com/Home.html
- Alex Freeman: http://www.alexfreemanmusic.com/
- Jorge Variego: http://jorgevariego.com/
- Clifton Callender: http://myweb.fsu.edu/ccallender/
- Doron Kima: http://composerscircle.com/doron-kima/
- Jim Rhinehart: http://rhinehartmusic.com/wordpress/
- Mei-Fang Lin: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/music/Faculty/Mei-FangLin.asp
- Greg Hutter: http://gregoryhutter.com/
- Rain Worthington: http://rainworthington.com/

Monday, August 4, 2014

New PARMA Artist: Robert A. Baker

PARMA is pleased to introduce Canadian composer/pianist Robert A. Baker to our family of artists. Baker is a stylistically dynamic composer whose music focuses on listener perception, expectation, time and memory. 

In addition to being a composer/pianist, he is an experienced conductor of chamber, orchestral, and choral music. He has appeared as a guest conductor for Brampton and Scarborough Cathedral Bluffs Orchestras (Canada) and conducted Salisbury University’s spring 2008 production of Dido and Aeneas. He has published a writing entitled “The Spaces and Places of Opera.” In this writing, Baker discusses the effect that a venue has on a particular work, and the relationship the work has to the time and place in which it is performed. 

Robert has a history with PARMA, as he was featured on the PARMA Music Festival Live! release in 2013. He has now signed on with PARMA to release two of his solo piano works: “Valence I” and “Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?” on an upcoming solo piano compilation. His piece “Valence I” was selected for inclusion in the College Music Society 2009 Mid-Atlantic Conference Composer’s Concert, as well as in the 2010 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. His work “Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time Decays?” features frantic, sometimes dark flourishes which capture a sense of urgency and keeps the listener on the edge of his or her seat.


Stay tuned for the release! For more on Robert A. Baker, please visit his website at http://www.robertabaker.net and listen to some of his work at http://www.robertabaker.net/SAMPLE_WORKS.htm. Also, feel free to check out our featured artists and info for the upcoming 2014 PARMA Music Festival: http://www.parmamusicfestival.org/artists.html


Friday, August 1, 2014

PARMA Music Festival Performer Spotlight: Ovidiu Marinescu

Today we're shining the spotlight on a longtime PARMA artist and friend Ovidiu Marinescu. An outstanding musician of his native Romania, Ovidiu now teaches at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and performs extensively around the world. Ovidiu has many notable performances and achievements as a cellist and a conductor. He has performed with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania several times as a soloist and conductor, and has also been a featured soloist with the New York Chamber Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Helena and Newark Symphonies, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Orquestra de Extremadura in Spain, and others. He has been in the studio this summer recording an album of solo cello and chamber works that will be released with PARMA in 2015.

Ovidiu has appeared as a soloist on many PARMA releases, including BACH CELLO SUITES, MOTO PERPETUO, the 2013 PARMA Music Festival 2013 Live album, our FINE MUSIC compilation series, and CONTINUUM.

Ovidiu was a major player in last year's festival, performing a solo set followed by a collaboration with local favorites Fiveighthirteen and Tan Vampires at the Seacoast Artist Showcase, performing his brother Liviu Marinescu's "Quodlibet Sonata" at the Hometown Heroes concert, serving as the moderator in the "Licensing and the Music Industry" panel, and playing solo repertoire at the Festival's Main Event.

This year, you can find Ovidiu performing in the In the Key of C-Span concert on Wednesday afternoon and playing the opening set at the Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine on Wednesday night. He'll also be headlining the Main Event at The Music Hall playing Haydn's "Cello Concerto in C Major" with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.

Ovidiu's wife Sylvia Ahramjian will also perform in the Festival this year on violin at the In the Key of C-Span concert on Wednesday morning and the PENDULUM Society of Composers, Inc. album release concert on Friday morning.

Ovidiu’s involvement in the inaugural PARMA Music Festival last year in the historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire inspired him to write a poem about his experience, which you can read below.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Ovidiu and Sylvia and see them perform at several events throughout the Festival! 

Follow this link for the full Festival schedule: www.parmamusicfestival.org/schedule.html

Portsmouth August by Ovidiu Marinescu

Portsmouth August brings cool branches in the summer sun,
Rescored birdsongs escape out of the box
On a background of tremolando strings,
Some, hit with the wood line of the bow,
Three in a row,
Lined up like sparrows on a wire.

The violist stands out;
“Hit it boy, don’t scratch it,
Push and stop gasping,
I wanna see the rosin in a cloud,
Like a halo around your head.”

Drop of cold sweat drops in motion slow,
Hitting the stand like a crystal bell,
Echoing through the air,
And stopping like a fly on the inverted photo,
Stuck to the glass,
A faded memento of tomorrow,
Suspended in time, no space, a muted serenade.