Thursday, September 22, 2016

Alicia Terzian, Recipient of the MERCOSUR CULTURAL NETWORK Award!

PARMA artist, Alicia Terzian, was awarded the Mercosur Cultural Network award for her outstanding work in the field of creation as well as diffusion of contemporary music within Argentina and around the world!

Terzian studied at the National Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts of Buenos Aires where she graduated from piano in 1954, from composition in 1958 and with the First Prize and Gold Medal in 1959. Her career has brought her around the world as a performer, orchestra conductor, musicologist and as a diffusor of contemporary music.

Alicia Terzian will be accepting the Mercosur Cultural Network award Tuesday, September 27th  at 6.30pm in the Auditorium Santa Maria of Buenos Aires at the Bank of the City in Buenos Aires. There is no entrance fee. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet "Not Your Average Orchestra" OURBIGBAND!

Join OURBIGBAND with Dave Douglas for a night of pure musical talent and diverse sound as PARMA Music Festival presents its first concert in the season on October 7th. Buy your tickets here.

OURBIGBAND has brought together the coastline musical roots of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, in order to create a sound that is unlike anything you can find in a big band. Some might say that they are "not your average orchestra."

Chris Klaxton, the founder and organizer of OURBIGBAND, was quoted in an article for the Portsmouth Herald on his thoughts about getting the big band off of the ground:

 "I find myself surrounded constantly with fine instrumentalists and, as of the past several years, there is a plethora of fantastic musicians that can all improvise, all read music extremely well, can play in a very traditional way and are open to all forms of new/popular music. Knowing the musicianship and personalities in the band as I do, it seemed a perfect opportunity to put something of this sort together. I feel our collective sound/interests could yield a band capable of performing not only from the classic repertoire (these guys can swing hard!), but could also allow us to pursue original music, music from outside the jazz idiom, and eventually occupy a space in the community that is unique to us, our generation and our interests."

OURBIGBAND is made up of a 13-piece horn section, piano, drums, guitar and vocalists. This contemporary big band works with, and plays anything from classical composers, to improvisers, and original works, while constantly adapting to diversity in sound.

Monday, September 19, 2016

New PARMA Artist: Michael Slayton

Image from Vanderbilt University 
PARMA is excited to announce that composer Michael Slayton's album, SURSUM, will be coming out this November on Navona Records. 

Michael's work has previously been featured on the Navona album SPECTRA - A CONCERT OF MUSIC BY MEMBERS OF CONNECTICUT COMPOSERS INC. His new album will include the piece"Sonate Droyssig" from the SPECTRA album. 

Michael holds both his M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moores School of Music in Houston, TX. 

In addition to his composing work Michael is the editor-in-chief/author of the book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music. The book dives into the lives and music of notable American women in composition. Some of the women featured in the book include PARMA artists Libby Larsen, Marga Richter, and Judith Shatin. In 2013 Women of Influence was awarded the Pauline Alderman Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music. 

Michael currently serves as the Chair of the Composition and Theory department at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music

Can't wait to hear SURSUM? Check out a track from the album here. Welcome, Michael! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

New PARMA Artists: The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble

The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble

PARMA is excited to announce that the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble have signed on to release their debut album on Navona Records. 

The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble is a collective of classically trained musicians championing a new movement of contemporary music. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the group is flexible enough to accommodate pieces for anywhere from two players to thirteen, and inventive enough to constantly seek out ways to re-invent the medium of live performance in order to create an "immersive, all-sensory experience" for their audiences.

The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble's new album will highlight a program of chamber works by violinist, composer, and PARMA artist Piotr Szewczyk, who released his album VIOLIN FUTURA on Navona Records earlier this year. The album will also feature Trio Solis, the faculty piano trio from Florida State University.

The new album will be available in 2017 on CD, digital download, and streaming, but until then you can keep up with the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble through their website: Stay tuned!

New PARMA Artist: Mark Volker

We are excited to announce that composer Mark Volker is joining the PARMA roster of artists. 

Mark holds a P.h.D from The University of Chicago and previously studied with PARMA artists Samuel Adler and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.

Mark's compositions have been performed and recorded internationally including performances by the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, eighth blackbird, the Boston Brass, the Kiev Philharmonic, the Orquesta de Baja California, and many other notable ensembles. In addition to his composing work, Mark is an accomplished classical guitarist, often performing with New York City Opera flutist John McMurtery. Mark currently serves as Coordinator of Composition and Assistant Professor of Music at the Belmont University School of Music in Nashville, TN. 

PARMA will be releasing Mark's album, which features two chamber suites, on Navona Records. In the meantime Mark's music can be heard on his website here.

Welcome, Mark!