Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New PARMA Artist: Stephen Ruppenthal

Stephen Ruppenthal
PARMA is pleased to announce trumpeter Stephen Ruppenthal has signed on to release an album of world premiere recordings by composers Allen Strange, Brian Belet, Elainie Lillios, and Bruno Liberda with PARMA in 2017.

FLAMETHROWER: New Music for Trumpet/Flugelhorn and Interactive Electro-acoustics, is the product of close collaborations with each composer to create diverse, dynamic sonic palettes, and re-define an electro-acoustic space for trumpet/flugelhorn performance.

The resulting collection of new works, written for the performer, explores not only a vast gamut of extended techniques for the horns and voice, but uses a provocative and real-time interactive relationship with digital audio environments designed for creative sonic alteration orchestration in live performance, such as Kyma and MAX/MSP. FLAMETHROWER explores areas of the electro-acoustic avant garde, jazz, and ambient styles of contemporary music.

Stephen is a founding member of SoundProof, with violinist Patricia Strange, and composer, KYMA artist, and bassist Brian Belet, specializing in interactive, electro-acoustic performance. Stephen was also a founding member of the Electric Weasel Ensemble, with Allen Strange and Donald Buchla, and also performed with President’s Breakfast.

Stephen’s work with SoundProof can be found on their website. FLAMETHROWER will be available on Ravello Records in 2017 -- in the meantime, stay tuned for updates, and welcome Stephen!

Friday, August 12, 2016

New Release With Piffaro: The Renaissance Band!

Piffaro: The Renaissance Band

We're pleased to announce that Piffaro and PARMA will be teaming up once again for the release of their new album, BACK BEFORE BACH!  This will be Piffaro's fourth album with PARMA following the 2012 release, LOS MINISTRILES IN THE NEW WORLD

Piffaro is a septet that features period correct instrumentation from the Medieval and Renaissance era. The group covers a wide range of music from that time, including the rich sounds of the high class wind bands, to the songs that could be heard as a medieval countryman. While many might think of stringed instruments like a lute or harp when picturing that era, a wide variety of instruments were popular, such as shawms, dulcians and sackbuts among others.

Piffaro's BACK BEFORE BACH traces the lineage of music that had come before the composer. A review for their performance at the Philadelphia Bach festival had this to say, "it was not only an illustrative but a musically delightful journey of the development of Renaissance musical conventions into Baroque."

We're excited to present this program along with Piffaro!  Keep an eye out for updates and in the meantime, you can check out a segment from BACK BEFORE BACH below:



August Releases Out Now on Navona and Ravello Records!


AN ORCHESTRAL JOURNEY 
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Brian Wilbur Grundstrom





A composer equally accustomed to writing for orchestra, opera, film, theater, chorus, and chamber ensembles, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s voice includes a strong affinity for long melodic lines, distinctive tonal harmonic vocabulary, engaging rhythms, skillfully executed counterpoint, and dramatic imagery, all of which are reflected in the five orchestral works which span fourteen years on his debut release with Navona Records, AN ORCHESTRAL JOURNEY. Read More


MODES
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Karen Keyhani | Robert A. Baker | Nolan Stolz | Arthur Gottschalk | Benjamin D. Whiting | Yip Ho Kwen Austin | Chin Ting Chang




Navona Records proudly presents MODES, the 30th edition of the celebrated Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series and the sixth SCI release on the label. The album features a diverse array of compositions, with influences from around the world and experiences that are new and thrillingly avant-garde. Read More


SPALDING'S BOUNCE
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Ferdinando De Sena






Composer Ferdinando De Sena presents a selection of chamber works offering a mixture of musical elements. De Sena’s distinct musical style draws on all his diverse musical influences including jazz, popular, and classical avant garde. The popular and jazz fingerprints on his music are subtle, but can be found in his instrumentation and instrumental writing. Read More



COLOR STUDIES
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Hakki Cengiz Eren






Turkish composer Hakki Cengiz Eren presents a selection of chamber and solo works on his debut album COLOR STUDIES, released on Ravello Records. Eren’s music epitomizes expressionism in contemporary music, utilizing an enormous range of sounds, forms and textures to create highly evocative and dramatic musical statements. Read More


CONFABULARIO
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Miguel Chuaqui






Chilean-American composer Miguel Chuaqui presents beautifully crafted works for small chamber and solo instruments on his Ravello Records release CONFABULARIO. The American Academy of Arts and Letters says of Chuaqui “His music shows qualities attributable to his Latin-American roots; although he is not a ‘genre’ composer. Read More



96 STRINGS AND 2 WHISTLES
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Scott Brickman | Beth Levin | Eight Strings & a Whistle






Composer Scott Brickman demonstrates the diversity of his inspirations and musical interests on his third full album on Ravello Records, 96 STRINGS AND 2 WHISTLES. Drawing on a sea of influences, from Baroque dance suites, to the compositional methods of Arnold Schoenberg, to punk rock, the mixture of popular and historic references broadly typifies post-modern American music composition. Read More



NEW MUSIC FOR CLARINET … ANOTHER LOOK
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F. Gerard Errante







World-renowned clarinetist F. Gerard Errante’s latest Ravello release NEW MUSIC FOR CLARINET … ANOTHER LOOK is a retrospective compilation of avant-garde works previously recorded by Errante in the LP era. These innovative works of the late 20th century, mostly written for or dedicated to Errante, display his wide-ranging mastery and consummate musicality in an idiom that is challenging as well as engaging and compelling. Read More



EMBRACE THE WIND!
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Robert J. Martin







With his Ravello release EMBRACE THE WIND: A CELEBRATION OF WIND AND WIND MACHINES, composer Robert J. Martin communicates the wonder that humanity has for wind through a cycle of string quartets rooted in images and emotions played out across histories as diverse as ancient Phoenicia and modern wind farms. The cycle uses contrasting sonorities and melodic material that range from thorny to lush to portray the influence of wind on culture and civilization. Read More

Friday, July 29, 2016

Preview of PARMA's August 2016 Releases

PARMA is proud to present eight new Navona and Ravello Records albums - street date: August 12th, 2016. Please enjoy the videos below to hear a preview of each upcoming album.

For the latest news, be sure to follow PARMA on Facebook and Twitter.



AN ORCHESTRAL JOURNEY

NV6047
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom

Pre-order on Amazon


 

A composer equally accustomed to writing for orchestra, opera, film, theater, chorus, and chamber ensembles, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s voice includes a strong affinity for long melodic lines, distinctive tonal harmonic vocabulary, engaging rhythms, skillfully executed counterpoint, and dramatic imagery, all of which are reflected in the five orchestral works which span fourteen years on his debut release with Navona Records, AN ORCHESTRAL JOURNEY, to create a visionary and lyrical expedition that is quite accessible and easily travelled for the listener. Read More


MODES
NV6051
Karen KeyhaniRobert A. BakerNolan Stolz | Arthur Gottschalk | Benjamin D. Whiting | Yip Ho Kwen Austin | Chin Ting Chang
Pre-order on Amazon


Navona Records proudly presents MODES, the 30th edition of the celebrated Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series and the sixth SCI release on the label. The album features a diverse array of compositions, with influences from around the world and experiences that are new and thrillingly avant-garde. Read More



SPALDING'S BOUNCE


Composer Ferdinando DeSena presents a selection of chamber works offering a mixture of musical elements. DeSena’s distinct musical style draws on all his diverse musical influences including jazz, popular, and classical avant garde. The popular and jazz fingerprints on his music are subtle, but can be found in his instrumentation and instrumental writing; on this album his combinations include the flute, guitar, sax and even harp and electronics to express unique sounds. Read More


COLOR STUDIES



Turkish composer Hakki Cengiz Eren presents a selection of chamber and solo works on his debut album COLOR STUDIES, released on Ravello Records. Eren’s music epitomizes expressionism in contemporary music, utilizing an enormous range of sounds, forms and textures to create highly evocative and dramatic musical statements. 
Read More 


CONFABULARIO



Chilean-American composer Miguel Chuaqui presents beautifully crafted works for small chamber and solo instruments on his Ravello Records release CONFABULARIO. The American Academy of Arts and Letters says of Chuaqui “His music shows qualities attributable to his Latin-American roots; although he is not a ‘genre’ composer.
He is a clearly integrated personality, which exhibits a unique and convincing sensibility.” Read More


96 STRINGS AND 2 WHISTLES
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Composer Scott Brickman demonstrates the diversity of his inspirations and musical interests on his third full album on Ravello Records, NINETY-SIX STRINGS AND TWO WHISTLES. Drawing on a sea of influences, from Baroque dance suites, to the compositional methods of Arnold Schoenberg, to punk rock, the mixture of popular and historic references broadly typifies post-modern American music composition. Read More



NEW MUSIC FOR CLARINET … ANOTHER LOOK


World-renowned clarinetist F. Gerard Errante’s latest Ravello release NEW MUSIC FOR CLARINET … ANOTHER LOOK is a retrospective compilation of avant-garde works previously recorded by Errante in the LP era. These innovative works of the late 20th century, mostly written for or dedicated to Errante, display his wide-ranging mastery and consummate musicality in an idiom that is challenging as well as engaging and compelling. Read More 


EMBRACE THE WIND!
RR7942
Robert J. Martin


With his Ravello release EMBRACE THE WIND: A CELEBRATION OF WIND AND WIND MACHINES, composer Robert J. Martin communicates the wonder that humanity has for wind through a cycle of string quartets rooted in images and emotions played out across histories as diverse as ancient Phoenicia and modern wind farms. The cycle uses contrasting sonorities and melodic material that range from thorny to lush to portray the influence of wind on culture and civilization, from the joy of a child's pinwheel to the power of giant wind turbines.Read More

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New PARMA Artist: Mal'Akh Ensemble

Photo Credit: Oscar Jaimes Matec
PARMA is excited to introduce the newest addition to our roster, Mal'Akh Ensemble.

Based in Mexico City, Mal'Akh fuses an array of musical genres into a singular, unique sound that draws from rock, jazz, folk, and avant-garde styles with a very important component of electronic music and multimedia.

Mal'Akh is a contemporary ensemble founded by composer and musical director Felipe Perez Santiago, who also plays guitar and manages additional electronics. The group also consists of Juan Antonio Arévalo on drums and sample programming, Jaime Vargas on bass guitar, and Sofía Zumbado on saxophones.

Photo Credit: Oscar Jaimes Matec
The group is constantly adapting and re-defining their work by incorporating different artistic disciplines, on stage and on their records. They also regularly collaborate with a revolving door of guest musicians, including some of the main singers in Mexico, the Anacrusax saxophone quartet, Mexico's City Philharmonic Orchestra and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, among many others.

Mal'Akh's new album will be available on Ansonica Records in 2017. In the meantime, you can find them on Facebook, on their website, and on their YouTube channel – check out the video for their song "Look (Hold)" from their 2013 album Néctar via the player below.