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

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