New PARMA Artist: Magnar Åm

We're pleased to announce the addition of composer/performer Magnar Åm to the PARMA Family, with his upcoming project: the broken vessel. Born in Trondheim 1952, Magnar is a full-time composer since 1974 and lives in Volda (Western Norway), where he every autumn also teaches “Intuitive composition/improvisation and music filosophy” at Volda University College. Has written commissioned works for... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: BLURRED BOUNDARIES

BLURRED BOUNDARIES, Apollo Chamber Player's second album release on Navona Records, kicks off their 20x2020 project. The project was inspired by the idea of performing 20 new commissioned classical folk works by the end of the decade. The album, which features the first three works of the 20 new commissions, are pieces by Libby Larsen,... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: RIPPLES

The Navona Records compilation album RIPPLES, featuring works from Mathew Fuerst, Heath Mathews, Bill Pfaff, Sally Reid, and William Thomas McKinley was released in March of last year. RIPPLES, while showcasing works for percussion, also features either a pianist, saxophonist, and chamber ensemble in accompaniment, exploring the textures and tonal colors possible within each instrument... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: TURBULENT SKY

TURBULENT SKY, released on Navona Records in November of 2015, presents works by composers Fred Broer, William Coble, and Stephen Yip that explore and celebrate the dramatic fanfare, intricate textures, and variety of timbres possible with the orchestra. The album, which features Stephen Yip's "The Luminous Mystery" was hailed by Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review as "finely crafted,... Continue Reading →

PARMA Album of the Day: THE POSTCARD SESSIONS

The Harrington/Loewen Duo made up of Allen Harrington on the saxophone and Laura Loewen on piano released their most recent Ravello Records album, POSTCARD SESSIONS, in May of 2016. The album is emblematic of the saxophone’s European ancestry, as well as the saxophonists’ commonplace imperative to arrange works for their instrument. Winnipeg Free Press says "It’s impossible... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Deb Scott

Deb Scott, a professor of trombone and the director of the first Jazz Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, is our next featured artist for the 'Inside Story,' a blog series exploring what makes our artists tick. Read on and get to know her! What was your most unusual performance or the most embarrassing thing... Continue Reading →

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