Monday, November 9, 2015

New PARMA Artist: Michael Laurello

Please join us in welcoming Michael Laurello to our growing roster of talented artists. We are pleased to announce that Laurello will be releasing a full album of his works through PARMA Recordings in 2016 showcasing his eclectic, powerful voice.

Laurello is a composer and pianist originally from Boston, currently based in Connecticut. He studied music composition at Yale, winning the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize for his orchestral work, Promises. Prior to this, he earned a master's degree in composition from Tufts University, and completed his undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music, studying music synthesis (electronic production and design) and jazz piano performance. 

With a style that fuses rhythmic invention with a visceral directness, Laurello composes for both traditional and non-traditional ensembles. His work embodies a synthesis of jazz fusion, rock, pop, and classical music. Recently, he has composed for ensembles such as So Percussion, the Yale Philharmonia, and the Yale Percussion Group. 

Laurello was a composition fellow at the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival. He participated in the 2015 Nashville Symphony Composer Lab and Workshop and the 2015 ACO/EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, and has received commissions from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the American Composers Forum. Upcoming projects include a new work for the piano duo HOCKET, a piece for the sextet Echo Chamber, and a composition for solo bass for the 2015 International Society of Bassists first-prize winner, Sam Suggs. In 2016, his amplified quintet, Big Things, will be performed by the ensemble, ShoutHouse, and can also be heard at the MATA Festival in New York. 

Keep an eye out next year for updates on his release. In the meantime, listen to "Promises" for orchestra (which will be performed this weekend at the SCI National Conference in Gainesville, FL).
 

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