January Orchestral Sessions

Louis Babin, David Arend, Salim Washington
Olomouc, CZ

Last week, the PARMA team returned to the frigid Czech Republic to produce four days of orchestral sessions with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.  

While there, we recorded a new piece from longtime PARMA composer Alan Beeler entitled “Jabberwocky,” along with works from new PARMA artists Louis Babin and David Arend.

We had the pleasure of hosting Louis Babin in person for the recording of his orchestral work, “Saint Exupéry: de Coeur, de Sable, et d’Étoiles,” as well as composer/soloist David Arend for his bass concerto  “Sequoia Sempervirens” and his massive double concerto for bass and saxophone, “Voyager: Three Sheets to the Wind.”

We caught up with David Arend after his sessions via email and asked about his overall experience with the sessions.

“I was thrilled with the high level of artistry displayed by everyone involved in this project. The conductors, Petr Vronský and Jiří Petrdlík were consummate professionals. They were extremely congenial and easy to work with, while at the same time maintaining high standards and demanding quality performances from the orchestra and soloists.”   

In addition to writing and performing both of his concerti, David also enlisted the talents of renowned jazz-saxophonist, Salim Washington (www.salimwashington.com). 

“Salim…played heroically in this, his first experience with conductor and symphony orchestra. His long set of flights from South Africa did nothing to diminish his energy, concentration and dazzling abilities on the sax. After finishing one of his improvised solos, the orchestra broke out in applause. Salim then went on to play an even more amazing solo on the next take.” 

Rounding out the ensemble for the “Voyager” concerto was percussionist, Ladislav Bilan, Jr. on drum kit.

Conductor Jiří Petrdlík, Salim Washington, Ladislav Bilan, Jr., David Arend 

The works recorded at these sessions are some of the finest sounding our team has captured to date – keep an eye and ear out for updates on Alan, Louis, and David’s projects.

You can find more information about Alan Beeler, Louis Babin, and David Arend at the following links:


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