April showers yield musical flowers with new recordings spanning the soothing sounds of solo organ to string quartet arrangements of Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.
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Emily Sternfeld Dunn
For her debut album on Navona Records, SHE, Emily Sternfeld Dunn serves as the voice of two of history’s strongest female characters. The poetic musings in the lyrics soar with Sternfeld-Dunn’s unmistakable soprano as the vocals float along with the tender, delicate melodies of pianist Amanda Pfenninger.
An axiom is a self-evident truth. Everything on this album represents different aspects and shades of truth. On their debut recording, Axiom Quartet probes the soul and delivers a deeply satisfying statement on truth and inner fulfillment.
Mark G. Simon
Composer and Clarinetist Mark G. Simon makes his PARMA debut with his first-ever recorded album, GRECIAN URN. All selections were composed by Simon, and he is the clarinetist on every track.
John G. Bilotta
Bearing musical witness to the versatile talents of two acclaimed northern California-based pianists/composers, THE LIFE BEFORE US combines works from John G. Bilotta and Allan Crossman.
As if to reiterate the third of Newton’s Laws of Motion, Gregory Wannamaker’s light and shadows, waves and time sonically illustrates that ‘for every action, there is an equal, opposite reaction.’ A collection of recent solo and chamber works featuring wind instruments, light and shadows, waves and time proffers an aural balance between conflicts and resolutions, light and darkness, and movement and inertia.
Many voices contribute to the ongoing conversation about race in America. A legacy of slavery, segregation, and discrimination cannot be discounted in deference to the forward strides that society, as a whole, has taken. From Africa to the American South to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, voices from the past mingle with those of the present to create an impactful depiction of the black experience.
David Taddie’s new album FANCY COLORS blurs the spectrum between acoustic and electronic music into an unorthodox wave of sound. In contrast to the primary characteristics of each type of music, Taddie creates sophisticated, complex compositions by blending the sounds of brass and string instruments with the influence of computer-generated effects.
Zvonimir Nagy’s ANGELUS is a singular journey into a meditative state. Like the commemoration of incarnation, Nagy’s album promotes music for thoughtful contemplation, creating a delicate space for inner exploration throughout the life of the album.