Preview of June 2017 Releases on Navona and Ravello Records

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STREET DATE: June 9th

Time flies when you’re having fun! And boy, we’re having fun! Check out our June line-up featuring the ever so talented Les Délices, JITRO, Cervetti, and more…

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AGE OF INDULGENCE  |  Les Délices

Early music ensemble Les Délices presents an exquisite compendium of unique and rare instrumental music from the last generation of French Baroque composers.


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TRIPTYCH REVELATION  |  Sergio Cervetti

Composer Sergio Cervetti presents works written over four decades of his career, featuring unique explorations of apocalyptic themes, inspired by themes drawn from the New Testament, nineteenth-century French literature, and Flemish art of the sixteenth century.


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PARALLEL WORLDS  |  JITRO; Jan Jirásek, Composer

Czech composer Jan Jirásek, with the Czech children’s choir JITRO performing, provides a varied collection of sacred and secular choral music for non-traditional sounds, as well as vocal forms rooted in Renaissance and Medieval traditions.


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MUSIC FOR VOICES  |  Allen Brings

Composer and pianist Allen Brings presents a collection of pairings for vocals and instruments, often marrying the forces of chorus and orchestra.


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MUSIC FOR KEYBOARDS  |  Allen Brings

Composer and pianist Allen Brings explores a musical family tree featuring compositions of solo pieces for harpsichord, piano, and organ, as well as a harpsichord-led string ensemble composition that concludes the album.


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FROM A FAR-OFF WORLD  |  Demetrius Spaneas

Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Demetrius Spaneas performs compositions for woodwinds and electronics.

May 2017 New Releases on Navona and Big Round Records!

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After yet another exciting release in April with Spotify features, amazing reviews pooling in, and multiple albums hitting more than 10K streams, we’re more than excited to bring you another round of releases. Today we not only have staple composers and artists, we also have two new PARMA artists, and the first ever bundle release that pulls on those nostalgic strings. Take a look…

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OFF THE EDGE  |  Alicia Terzian

An incredible journey into the heart of the string orchestra.  Alicia Terzian’s writing focuses heavily on the drama, nuance, and contrasts made available by the disparate forces of both string orchestra when alone and when complemented by other instrumental timbres.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify  |  YouTube


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BLISS POINT  |  Piotr Szewczyk, Bold City Contemporary Ensemble

Polish-born violinist and composer Piotr Szewczyk mines the depths of his musical flavor palette, drawing the album title from a concept of extreme flavor saturation found primarily in food sciences and subsequently in this varied and challenging collection of chamber music.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify  |  YouTube


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PASSAGE |  Sergio Cervetti,  Craig Madden Morris,  Betty R. Wishart,  Daniel Crozier

An orchestral compilation featuring works by Sergio Cervetti, Daniel Crozier, Craig Morris, and Betty Wishart.  Though “passage” is a word of numerous meanings, all meanings, as illustrated in this collection, point back to a singular idea – the transition between two disparate entities.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify  |  YouTube


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LIVING COLOURS  |  Bruce Crossman

A potent representation of Australian composer Bruce Crossman’s music, inspired by his strong spirituality and eclectic, multicultural interests. Crossman evokes a “resonance of space” within his music, arising from a “deep-felt emotion and sensibility linking heaven and earth.”

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify  | YouTube


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SPELLS  |  Juli Nunlist

A new retrospective collection highlighting the music of poet and composer Juli Nunlist marks a touching journey through the earnest, romantic, and dramatic sounds of the late artist’s compositional language.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify  |  YouTube


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CHIAROSCURO  |  Giovanni Piacentini

Classical guitarist and composer Giovanni Piacentini displays his dazzling talents as both composer and performer with a collection of chamber and solo works steeped in resonant, plucked string sound worlds.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMuisc  |  Spotify  |  YouTube


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HORIZON SUNSET  |  #Bloomerangs

The debut record from international music collective #Bloomerangs, performing works by composer, arranger, producer, and guitarist Rodrigo Cotelo.  The album features a diverse array of sounds and instruments, often with several guest artists playing with the core performers of #Bloomerangs.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Spotify  |  YouTube


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WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THAT PIANO?

Featured Albums

JOHN CAGE, ICE & FIRE, 16-2-60-N-5, FELT, AN EVOLVING CYCLE

An unusual compilation of five previously released albums featuring prepared pianos and pianos being played in unexpected ways.  Throughout this collection, the piano undergoes one metamorphosis after another, leaving the listener to interpret the diverse and transfixing sounds of which it is capable.

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April 2017 New Releases on Navona and Ravello Records!

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Happy Friday! Are you ready for another round of releases featuring new ensembles and artists, compilations, and re-releases? Well, take a deep breath and try to relax as you take in these big releases…


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DRESS CODE  |  Altius Quartet

A bold treat of fresh arrangements of popular staples, effortlessly combining the appeal of classical, jazz, and pop, in such pieces as Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir”; Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”; a-ha’s “Take on Me”; and a newer pieces Take It, an unlikely pairing of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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REAWAKENING  |  Jeffrey Jacob

A collection of varied works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, showcasing composer Jeffrey Jacob’s lush, mystical style.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  |  Spotify


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ERGO  |  Zhen Chen

An impressive contribution to the decades-long legacy of composers blending Chinese and western instruments and musical materials.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify 


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THE CHAMBER WORKS OF ALLEN BRINGS  |  Allen Brings

A triple re-release containing a collection of works for small ensembles comprised of a diverse selection of instruments.

Amazon  |  iTunes  | Spotify


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WINTER’S WARMTH  |  Andrew Schultz, John A. Carollo, R. Barry Ulrich, J.A. Kawarksy

An orchestral compilation featuring works from John A. Carollo, J.A. Kawarsky, Andrew Schultz, and R. Barry Ulrich, presenting conceptual pieces that all act as soundtracks to our resiliency during the toughest moments of the human experience.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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SMALL STORMS  |  Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello; Sun Min Kim, piano

Features Bohuslav Martinů’s duos for cello and piano from the latter half of his life, with the performances of Blecha-Wells and pianist Sun Min Kim fully embodying the folkloric sensibility and conservative style that typify the composer’s oeuvre.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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TWILIGHT REMEMBERED  |  McCormick Duo

A re-release of a collection of contemporary compositions for percussion and flute, including works from various composers.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Spotify


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RED LILIES OF BELLS GOLDEN LILIES OF BELLS WHITE LILIES OF BELLS  |  Alla Elana Cohen

Previously compared to the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, creative and evocative composer Alla Elana Cohen presents a collection of wildly imaginative works for string quartet, small ensemble, solo cello, and chamber orchestra.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  

*RED LILIES OF BELLS GOLDEN LILIES OF BELLS WHITE LILIES OF BELLS will be released April 21st, however the album is available for pre-order.

 

March 2017 New Releases on Navona and Ravello Records!

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Can you believe it’s March already? The year is flying by, the sun is starting to shine brighter, and with that, so are we. We’re ready for another round of releases. Are you ready? We have some big projects released today including some new PARMA artists such as Mark John McEncroe, long-time PARMA artists Michael G. Cunningham, and a project in memory of our dear friend Alan Beeler. Take a look…

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SHADOWING

Ruth Lomon | NV6080

Renowned composer Ruth Lomon displays her remarkable skill for piano writing on this album, pushing the instrument’s timbre and color to its limits to create animated sound worlds. READ MORE

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | Spotify

AN ARC OF QUARTETS

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Five acclaimed, international quartets perform composer Michael G. Cunningham’s intricate and inviting string music, defined by a focus on rhythm, melody, and texture, as well as his gentle – yet often dissonant – harmonic language.READ MORE

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | Spotify

DARK CLOUDS IN LIFE

Mark John McEncroe | NV6082

Composer Mark John McEncroe draws from personal experiences with addiction and depression on this conceptual release, a collection of sweeping orchestral compositions performed by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Helen Kennedy. READ MORE

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | Spotify

FOREVER BEELER

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Presented in memoriam of prolific composer Alan Beeler, this sampling of his sonatas, suites, etudes, and solos contains works from throughout his musical career, which is generally defined by a commitment to compositional craft and structural clarity. READ MORE

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | Spotify

THERE ARE MANY OTHER LEGENDS

Jonathan Santore | NV6086

Both the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the Manchester Choral Society elevate works from the expansive choral catalog of Jonathan Santore, a composer lauded for his writing and setting of texts that draws from themes of mythology, history, and distant cultures. READ MORE

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | Spotify

BRIGHT CIRCLE

Beth Levin | NV6074

An exquisitely programmed showcase of the interconnectivity underlying the tradition of solo piano in Classical music. Pianist Beth Levin shines as she navigates the romantic masterpieces of Schubert and Brahms and a newer work from David Del Tredici. READ MORE

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | Spotify

*BRIGHT CIRCLE will be released on March 17th. However, the album is available now for pre-order.

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FLAMETHROWER

Stephen Ruppenthal | RR7954

Written specifically for innovative New Music trumpeter Stephen Ruppenthal, these intriguing compositions for trumpet, flugelhorn, voice, crotale, and interactive electroacoustics allude to the works of Jon Hassell, Nils Petter Molvær, and Miles Davis’s Electric Era. READ MORE

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PIECE BY PIECE

Beth Mehocic | RR7955

This digital single, commissioned by the Erick Hawkins Dance Company of New York City, sees composer Beth Mehocic and the Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players channeling the avant-garde music techniques of Lucia Dlugoszewski, the company’s former director, and composer-in-residence. READ MORE

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Preview of the March 2017 Navona and Ravello Records Releases!

Can you believe it’s almost March already? The year is flying by, the sun is starting to shine brighter, and with that, so are we. We’re ready for another round of releases. Are you ready? We have some big projects coming your way. Take a look…

SHADOWING

Ruth Lomon | NV6080

Renowned composer Ruth Lomon displays her remarkable skill for piano writing on this album, pushing the instrument’s timbre and color to its limits to create animated sounds worlds. READ MORE

AN ARC OF QUARTETS

Micahel G. Cunningham | NV6081

Five acclaimed, international quartets perform composer Michael G. Cunningham’s intricate and inviting string music, defined by a focus on rhythm, melody, and texture, as well as his gentle – yet often dissonant – harmonic language.READ MORE

DARK CLOUDS IN LIFE

Mark John McEncroe | NV6082

Composer Mark John McEncroe draws from personal experiences with addiction and depression on this conceptual release, a collection of sweeping orchestral compositions performed by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Helen Kennedy. READ MORE

FOREVER BEELER

Alan Beeler | NV6085

Presented in memoriam of prolific composer Alan Beeler, this sampling of his sonatas, suites, etudes, and solos contains works from throughout his musical career, which is generally defined by a commitment to compositional craft and structural clarity. READ MORE

THERE ARE MANY OTHER LEGENDS

Jonathan Santore | NV6086

Both the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the Manchester Choral Society elevate works from the expansive choral catalog of Jonathan Santore, a composer lauded for his writing and setting of texts that draws from themes of mythology, history, and distant cultures. READ MORE

BRIGHT CIRCLE

Beth Levin | NV6074

An exquisitely programmed showcase of the interconnectivity underlying the tradition of solo piano in Classical music. Pianist Beth Levin shines as she navigates the romantic masterpieces of Schubert and Brahms and a newer work from David Del Tredici. READ MORE

FLAMETHROWER

Stephen Ruppenthal | RR7954

Written specifically for innovative New Music trumpeter Stephen Ruppenthal, these intriguing compositions for trumpet, flugelhorn, voice, crotale, and interactive electroacoustics allude to the works of Jon Hassell, Nils Petter Molvær, and Miles Davis’s Electric Era. READ MORE

PIECE BY PIECE

Beth Mehocic | RR7955

This digital single, commissioned by the Erick Hawkins Dance Company of New York City, sees composer Beth Mehocic and the Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players channeling the avant-garde music techniques of Lucia Dlugoszewski, the company’s former director, and composer-in-residence. READ MORE

The PARMA Album of the Day: BALLADE

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Kerry DuWors on violin and Futaba Niekawa on the piano make up duo536, which was founded in 2011. The duo released their debut album BALLADE on Navona Records in May of 2014. The album introduces themes from European folk tunes and exalted Romanticism with violin sonatas by Leoš Janácek, George Enescu, and Edvard Grieg. La Folia, in a recent review, calls the album “engaging.”

You can purchase BALLADE on Amazon and iTunes.

Follow duo526 on Facebook and Twitter.

The PARMA Album of the Day: INTROSPECTIVE ODYSSEY

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The Skyros Quartet, consisting of Sarah Pizzichemi and James Moat on violin,  Justin Kurys on viola, and William Braun on cello, released their debut album INTROSPECTIVE ODYSSEY on Navona Records in 2015.

The album presents works by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Joaquín Turina (1882-1949), and Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) with captivating and emotive interpretations, which shows the quartet as a versatile, fastidious, and passionate group, versed in performing a number of musical styles and traditions. BLOGas.it says the quartet “interpreted perfectly, sensitively and skillfully.”

You can purchase INTROSPECTIVE ODYSSEY on Amazon, iTunes, and ArkivMusic.

Follow Syros Quartet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Spotify.

PARMA Artist Jonathan Little is Awarded Rudolf Nissim Prize

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Long-time PARMA artist Jonathan David Little has received a Special Distinction for his large-scale orchestral showpiece, “Terpsichore”, in the 2017 Rudolf Nissim Prize. The ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize is one of the concert music world’s most prestigious awards.

Little was phoned and personally congratulated on his award directly from New York by Cia Toscanini, Vice President of Concert Music at ASCAP. Nissim Prize awardees are selected by a panel of leading professional concert music conductors, with all musical scores (several hundred of them) being submitted anonymously.

This award honors Dr. Rudolf Nissim – a devoted friend of contemporary composers – who served as Head of ASCAP’s Foreign Department for four decades, and, in fact, established the ASCAP Concert Music Department.

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Between 2006 and 2012, Jonathan won seven successive “ASCAP Plus Awards” for Concert Music, and says he feels honored by this latest unexpected award. Receiving Special Distinction in the Nissim Prize is a mark of great esteem not only in America but also in the wider world.

Described by critics as an “incandescent” and “ground-breaking” orchestral “tour de force,” “Terpsichore: ‘The Whirler’ or Muse of Dance,” is one in a series of symphonic portraits of The Nine Muses – and is featured on his most recent album, “POLYHYMNIA,” which was released on Navona Records in 2015.

This is not the first time that POLYHYMNIA has seen great exposure– “Kyrie,” a work off of the album, was selected for the 2015 ENCORE Choral Project to be performed by numerous amateur and professional ensembles in Great Britain during the 2016-2017 season.

Jonathan Little, an Australian composer, studied composition, performance, and musicology with Peter Dennison at the University of Melbourne. Currently, he’s an academic and writer based out to the UK. Little will be recording at Futura Productions this weekend, updates to come, and will be releasing another album on Navona Records later this year.

You can purchase POLYHYMNIA on Amazon and iTunes

The Inside Story: Georges Raillard

Our next “Inside Story” features long-time PARMA artist Georges Raillard, a resident of Switzerland, author; and guitarist, specializing in composition. Enjoy!

georges-raillardWho was your first favorite artist(s) growing up?

Towards the end of 1968, at the age of 11, I began listening to a Swiss radio program called “Hit Parade”, broadcasted every Tuesday from 8 to 9 p.m. and very popular among my peers. They would play the week’s top-selling songs in Switzerland from #10 up to #1, with some spoken comments in between. The number 1 hit when I began listening to this broadcast and for some nine weeks was “Obladi Oblada” by The Beatles. I was electrified by this music, it was so completely different from the classical music my parents listened to. I also remember other great songs by other groups or singers of that time, but The Beatles were the first and luckily, as I found out by and by, also the best.

When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist/composer/creator?

I can’t determine an exact moment really. I began taking private guitar classes in 1973, at the age of 16, inspired by my mother who played the piano and the violin and by the music I used to listen, which was guitar based. I was lucky because I had a very good, open-minded teacher. He quickly sensed that I had a flair for composing, and so by and by the classes grew in duration, contents, and scope, comprising not only the guitar playing skills but also harmony, musical form, melodic exercises, etc. In 1981 I was about to begin studying composition at a college in New York City, but finally, I renounced because I felt my urge to creating music had weakened, and in fact, it remained absent until 18 years later when I rediscovered my old compositions and decided to compose some new stuff. But these 18 mute years by no means were creatively lost years because in the meantime I had become a writer and published two books with short stories.

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What was your most unusual performance or the most embarrassing thing that happened to you during a performance?

In the late 1970’s at the university, departments would organize parties for their students, I was one of them at that time and always looked for performers among them for entertaining the crowd. Once I thought it would be a good idea to play my compositions for the classical (acoustic) guitar to such an audience and make my mark. It was a disaster. I played well, but the people were half drunk and noisy, speaking all the time and even shouting about. After playing two pieces I was forced to abort my performance and I hurried away. But I learned two things: What I was interested in above all was not performing, but creating, and that my creations were something “serious,” and for really interested people, [not] vulgar entertainment.

What is your guilty pleasure?

A guilty pleasure of mine may be watching crime series on TV. After dinner, I’m too tired for serious activities and crime series are ideal for preparing for bed. They are entertaining and at the end, the good ones win and the bad ones get what they deserve and everything, including life, the world, and the universe, is ok again.

Georges Raillard’s BUTTERFLIES IN THE LABYRINTH OF SILENCE will be released on Navona Records  January 13th. You can pre-order the albums on Amazon, iTunes, and Arkiv Music

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