Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New PARMA Artist: Sally Reid

Tennessee-based composer Sally Reid has signed on with PARMA to record "Three Trifles" for alto saxophone and multi-percussion to be included on an upcoming compilation. The percussion will include four tom-toms, two temple blocks, cowbell, suspended cymbal, four timpani, tambourine, two crotales, and bowed/mallet-ed marimba.

Sally is a faculty member and department chair at Lipscomb University in Tennessee. She has won a composition prize from Mu Phi Epsilon, annual ASCAP awards since 1987, and first prize at the Fifth International Festival of Women Composers in 1998. She also served for a time as editor of the International League of Women Composers Journal.

This will be Sally’s second inclusion on a PARMA release – her “Fiuggi Fanfare” for 5 saxophones was featured on MOSAIC through Society of Composers, Inc.

You can watch a live performance of "Three Trifles" below:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Year In Music

We've released a whole lot of fantastic music in 2014 on Navona Records, Ravello Records, and Big Round Records. Waltzes, symphonies, piano trios, string quartets, sonatas, music for prepared piano, music for shakuhachi and orchestra, music for electronics, music for C-SPAN... the list goes on and on!

For your convenience, we've put together a diverse selection of great tracks from our 2014 releases; take a listen below:

and from everyone at PARMA Recordings: have a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Michael Murray's "Neutral Tones"

Happy Holidays!  We're excited to announce that Michael Murray's "Neutral Tones" for baritone and viola will be played this weekend on Marvin Rosen's 25-hour radio marathon “Viva 21st Century” via WPRB Princeton, NJ.

"Neutral Tones" will be featured on Micheal's 2015 release, PERCIPIENCE.

You can find out more about the event via
Facebook and listen to the radio promo here.
Tune in on Sunday morning (12/28) from 8:00-10:00 AM over coffee to get an advanced listen to this track and visit Michael's site at to lean more. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

New PARMA Artist: Jason Lovelace

PARMA is pleased to welcome Pennsylvania-based composer Jason R. Lovelace to our growing roster of artists.

Dr. Lovelace endeavors to apply structural and theoretical constructs to translate scientific and technological phenomena into music. He is particularly interested in developing cross-disciplinary collaborative compositions with experts from outside the field of music.

Lovelace has signed on to record "Nocturne: Inversions" to be included on an upcoming PARMA compilation. The work uses invertible counterpoint and melodic inversion to aurally depict a temperature inversion; a condition that precedes freezing rain. The College Music Society has selected the piece for performance at their June 2015 International Conference in Stolkholm and Helsinki.

You can read more about Jason and hear examples of his work, including "Nocturne: Inversions," via his SCI page:

We'll be looking forward to working with him in the studio early in 2015.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New PARMA Artist: David DeVasto

PARMA is pleased to introduce Chicago-based composer David DeVasto to our roster of artists. David is a pianist and Assistant Professor of Music at Elmhurst College, where he teaches lessons in composition, music theory, piano, and improvisation.

As a piano player, David has shared the stage with a number of well respected artists in the classical and jazz fields, including clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and bassist Tyrone Wheeler.

David has signed on to release “Winter Seven,” a 7-movement song cycle for baritone voice, choir, and chamber ensemble on an upcoming multi-composer release on Navona Records next year.

As poet Lance Wilcox describes, each movement of "Winter Seven" illustrates a different "of literal winter and the more 'wintry,' cold, even brutal aspects of human experience," while "[struggling] toward some intimation of acceptance and hope." The recording features a collaboration between students and faculty of the Elmhurst College Music Department.

To learn more about David and to hear some of his music, check out the SoundCloud player below or head over to his website here

The Tornado Project

Tornado Project - Esther Lamneck (clarinet), Elisabeth McNutt (flute) and computer

PARMA is pleased to announce our collaboration with THE TORNADO PROJECT to release a program of works for flute, clarinet, and electronics in 2015.

THE TORNADO PROJECT is a set of works written for and performed by clarinetist Esther Lamneck and flutist Elizabeth McNutt featuring computer-generated sounds.

Each piece highlights a unique approach to this combination of electronic and acoustic timbres, resulting in an eclectic album that breaks the barrier between instrumental chamber and electro-acoustic music.

Imaginary FriendsThis release marks the return of University of North Texas professor Andrew May, whose album IMAGINARY FRIENDS was released in 2012 on Ravello Records. Along with Andrew, we're happy to be working with a host of new PARMA composers, including Robert Rowe, Eric Lyon, Paul WilsonRicardo Climent, and Russell Pinkston.

THE TORNADO PROJECT will be released next spring on Ravello Records. For more information in the meantime, you can visit the official website here.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cellist Carmine Miranda Wins Gold and Silver Medals from Global Music Awards

We are pleased to announce that PARMA artist Carmine Miranda is the winner of Gold and Silver Medals from the Global Music Awards!

As stated on their website (, "Global Music Awards is a showcase for original music, unique voices and emerging artists." Carmine is certainly a singular voice in contemporary music, being one of the youngest cellists to record Bach's Six Cello Suites and Alfredo Piatti's 12 Caprices for Solo Cello. Along with his Gold Medal for best emerging artist and instrumentalist, he has received the distinction "Best of Show."

Photo by Cody Vickers
Carmine also won a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement for his Navona Records album PIATTI: 12 CAPRICES FOR SOLO CELLO, which was released in October 2014. Carmine's album has been hailed by critics such as Mary Ellyn Hutton who calls it "an important contribution to the cello’s recorded repertoire." In addition, MusicWeb International exclaims, "Miranda announces his arrival as a cellist of immense musicality and polished technique."

You can find out more about Carmine on his website as well as follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

PIATTI: 12 CAPRICES FOR SOLO CELLO can be purchased through all major retailers including the ones below:


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nicolas Kaviani: "Te Deum" Kickstarter under 48 hours left

Nicolas Kaviani
In September, PARMA teamed up with Los Angeles composer Nicolas Kaviani to record his setting of Te Deum, followed by an a'capella work entitled "Tous les matins du monde," both to be included on an upcoming release through PARMA Recordings.

Nicolas launched a Kickstarter campaign to help offset some of the financial expenses he had to incur during the production of this project and is over 80% of the way funded! There are less than 48 hours remaining in his campaign and he needs a little more support. 

You can see a trailer from the forthcoming DVD by director Alexis Hellot and listen to an excerpt from his setting of Te Deum below. Learn more about the project and support Nicolas here - Some of the limited rewards are going   

2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition Calls for Orchestral Scores

We're pleased to announce that the submission period for the 2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition is now open! 

Our 4th annual competition calls for scores for full orchestra with the standard configuration of 2, 2, 2, 2 – 4, 3, 3, 1 – percussion – strings, with optional piano and harp. Pieces should be no longer than 10 minutes in duration, and entrants should be 30 years or younger (as of January 31, 2015) and currently studying composition either at an institution or through private instruction. There is no entry fee.

Ten (10) winners will be selected to have their works published in the 2015 PARMA Anthology of Music. You can check out the previous Anthologies here.

Three (3) Grand Prize Winners will receive readings and archival recordings of their scores by a full symphony orchestra via PARMA’s PrimaVista program. All costs will be fully subsidized by PARMA.

Visit the competition's FAQ page for more information.

The submission deadline for scores is January 31, 2015

Submit your score by clicking here!

Student Composer Competition Timeline
December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 – Submission period
February/March 2015 – Judging period
April 2015 – Winners announced
Summer 2015 – Reading sessions

New PARMA Artist: Libby Larsen

We're very pleased to welcome Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen to our growing community of PARMA artists. Libby is one of America's most performed living composers with a catalog of over 500 works. She co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum (now the American Composer's Forum) in 1973, and the organization has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. She has held the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Library of Congress, and, as the first woman to serve as resident composer with a major orchestra, has held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony.

Her music has been praised in Gramophone, Times Union, The Wall Street Journal, and Fanfare among other publications, and she has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America. Her opera, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus was selected as one of the eight best classical music events of 1990 by USA Today.

Libby's upcoming PARMA release will feature three of her chamber works from the past ten years. The instrumentation for these recordings features various combinations of violin, cello, mezzo-soprano, viola, and piano. Her music is known both for its American idioms and its eclectic mixing of styles and colors. You can listen to a performance of the first movement of her Piano Trio below:

Stay tuned for updates!