This is Nick Minicucci writing to you from PARMA’s Licensing Department.
On a normal day I’m fielding submissions to build up our licensing catalog, reaching out to companies to find placements for our artists’ music in all types of media, fulfilling our client’s creative needs, and snacking on whatever I can find in our kitchen.
However, this past Thursday our recordings team had two sessions with composers
David N. Stewart and Paula Diehl and I had the opportunity to attend both.
After picking David up from the airport at the time I’m usually leaving for work and navigating my way through the madness that is driving in Boston, it was time for some good listening.
|From Left: David Stewart, Peter Sulski, Andy Happel, John Weston|
And good listening it was – David composed a piece for solo viola entitled “Fantasy.” It’s only a three minute piece but it’s packed with harmonic movement, ascending and descending patterns that span the whole range of the instrument, tempo change, time change, and a mountain of expression.
The performer, Peter Sulski, had a wealth of emotion to give the piece and technique that was a more than efficient conduit for getting it there. Watching the interaction between composer and performer as they talked about specific techniques and where adjustments could be made to enhance playability
while still maintain the composition’s integrity may have been the most fascinating part for me.
In Paula’s session we were recording three powerful art songs written for piano and baritone – seeing two performers work together for the first time and establish a professional and aesthetic chemistry from the very first note was captivating.
Paula was listening in remotely and our lead producer Andy Happel was on the phone with her at every pause in the session to hear her feedback – his skill for making sure this feedback was translated into the music was sharply demonstrated. It was also impressive to witness our Artist Coordinator, Matt Konrad, following the score in real time and making sure everything stayed on track.
The musicality in that room was substantial and provided a lasting inspiration as I made way to my own gig in Cambridge.