New PARMA Artist: Carlos Simon

Carlos Simon.jpgWe are so thrilled to be welcoming composer and arranger Carlos Simon to the PARMA family!

2018 will see the release of Carlos’ album MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT on Ravello Records.

“Out of the turmoil and anguish of slavery, unfair laws and systematic oppression, African Americans have birthed the most incredible art forms. I, and many others, have benefited from the sacrifices that so many made. MY ANCESTOR’S GIFT is a homage to these offerings. I am the hope and dream of my ancestors. These pieces are truly retrospective and introspective of who I am as an African-American artist.” – Carlos Simon

Carlos recently graduated from the University of Michigan and currently serves on the faculty of Spelman College where he teaches courses in composition and music technology. He also holds degrees from Georgia State University and Morehouse College.

Recently, Carlos received the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission from the American Composers Orchestra. Additionally, he was the winner of the prestigious Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Award in 2015 and the Presser Award from the Theodore Presser Foundation. In the same year, he served as the young composer-in-residence with the Detroit Chamber String and Winds for the 2015-2016 season. In 2015 he was named one of ASCAP’s 2015 “Composers to Watch.”

Serving as music director and keyboardist for GRAMMY Award winner Jennifer Holliday, Simon has performed with the Boston Pops Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. Mr. Simon has toured internationally with soul Grammy nominated artist, Angie Stone, where he performed throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Can’t wait to hear the music? Here is a preview of what’s to come:

 

There’s more fantastic music also available on Soundcloud. For more information visit www.coliversimon.com

Welcome, Carlos!

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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Preview of May 2017 Releases on Navona and Big Round Records!

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STREET DATE: MAY 12

May, oh May! Can you believe it’s nearly May? After yet another exciting release 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. Coming in May 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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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 (DELUXE- pre-order limited time only) |  ArkivMusic  |  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.

Amazon  |  ArkivMusic

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | Spotify

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: NATURE

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NATURE, The City of Tomorrow’s debut album on Ravello Records, showcases works by four contemporary composers that explore the evolution of humanity’s relationship with nature. Second Inversion says this album and The City of Tomorrow “is one wind quintet that is sure to leave you breathless.”

You can purchase NATURE on Amazon, iTunes, and ArkivMusic. Follow City of Tomorrow on Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, and YouTube. Listen below:

The Inside Story: Joel Mandelbaum

Today’s ‘Inside Story’ feature is debut PARMA artist, Joel Mandelbaum, composer, and educator, best known for his use of microtonal tuning. Enjoy!

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Who was your first favorite artist(s) growing up?

The Greenwich Village Gilbert and Sullivan Players and Danny Kaye.  Later, Toscanini and Bruno Walter.  Around 1950, ten years before his vogue began, I became passionately attached to the music of Mahler.

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

My decision to become a musician was made in stages.  I wrote little one-line melodies at age 5 and learned to improvise with a splendid teacher at age 10.  A magnificent high school choral music teacher, Helen Grant Baker, had me set another student’s Christmas poem to music and had a chorus sing it a week later…a thrilling experience.    After thorough training at Diller-Quaile, I majored in music in college but did not make my eventual decision between music and law until nearly 24, finally declining a secured place at Harvard Law School when the urge to complete an opera in progress became irresistible.

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

August 1951,   Conducting my Overture with a formally dressed orchestra before an audience of over 2000 in wrinkled, dirty khaki trousers.

Explanation:    The composition teacher at Interlochen arranged with his friend, conductor of the Lafayette, IN, Symphony Orchestra to have me deliver my own and other students’ specially composed scores for incidental music to an evening of theater before 2,000 delegates to a Convocation of Methodist Youth.  I also composed an overture for the occasion, but due to a shortage of rehearsal time, the still ragged overture was relegated to the status of entre’acte.  The Lafayette conductor, lacking the time to learn the score, asked me to conduct my overture.    Interlochen students wear uniforms and bring no extra clothing.  When I reported in Lafayette for the week of rehearsals, I was wearing the only clothes I had and continued to wear them through a late August heat wave.   I arranged to borrow a white shirt and tux jacket from my hosts, but since I was only to conduct after the pit had been lowered for the theater performances, it was decided that my lower half would not be seen and I would not have to borrow trousers.   At the start of the evening, when the pit was up,  I hid behind the piano.  Then I sat in a chair during the first plays.   When it was my turn to conduct, I took the podium, then noticed that the pit was rising.  In a panic, I offered the baton to the regular conductor but he declined it.   So, now risen to the full view of the audience, I conducted the piece.

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, what are the three things you absolutely can’t live without?

The three things would be an adequate supply of music manuscript paper;  pencils; and dark chocolate.

Joel Mandelbaum’s HARMONIZE YOUR SPIRIT WITH MY CALM is now available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and ArkivMusic. Listen to a promo here: 

 

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