The Inside Story: Hans Bakker and FIGMENTS 2

After finishing his studies in piano, church organ, and choral conducting in Utrecht, Hans Bakker began teaching piano at music schools in two places in the Netherlands. Apart from his teaching practice, he conducted two choirs and was active in the improvisational music scene. His career in music was followed by the study of Sanskrit... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Lela Kaplowitz and TO ONE

World-renowned jazz vocalist Lela Kaplowitz’s mission is to stimulate, entertain, and show beauty. Singing professionally since she was 16 years old, Lela has performed with many prominent musicians and groups from The Duke Ellington Orchestra to 2Cellos, and has performed at NYC’s most prestigious venues, including most recently at her Carnegie Hall debut for the... Continue Reading →

October 2019 New Reviews

Each month, PARMA has the pleasure of not only releasing powerful works by our artists, but also seeing the positive impact that these works have on listeners. Read on for a selection of what the press had to say about the latest releases from Navona, Ravello, and Big Round Records. [Featured Image: Mika Stoltzman of... Continue Reading →

Conversations with Mike Fansler: THE RIVER OF TIME

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. Mike Fansler, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Western Illinois University. Under Mike's leadership, the Western Illinois Wind Ensemble maintains a demanding performance schedule, presenting a range of repertoire from historically significant masterworks to exciting world premieres. His Navona Records album THE RIVER... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Andrea Cheeseman and SOMEWHERE

Andrea Cheeseman is a clarinetist and teacher living in Columbia SC. Throughout her career, she has been committed to playing good music and collaborating with inspiring people who challenge her. A versatile performer, Andrea frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Although she regularly performs traditional repertoire, she is an advocate of new music... Continue Reading →

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