New PARMA Artist: John Gentry Tennyson

Please join us in welcoming Los Angeles based pianist, composer, conductor, and producer John Gentry Tennyson to the PARMA family!  Tennyson has signed with PARMA to record his “Adagio for Strings” this summer with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tennyson has had a lifelong career in music.  As the son of well-known studio musician Hal Tennyson, Gentry began his career as a composer and pianist, moving from Houston, TX to New York to perform in the New York jazz circuit.  During his time in New York, Tennyson performed with artists such as Al Di Meola, Les Paul, Hiram Bullock, Randy Brecker, Dewey Redman, and many more.

After twenty-plus years in New York, Tennyson now splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles and works as a composer and producer in TV and Film.  He co-produces with Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

While in New York, Tennyson produced his first recording of original compositions, Real World Trio, gaining the attention of Angel/EMI Records, leading to Tennyson’s major label debut, Europa (2000).

Since the release of Europa, Tennyson has been an active composer, producer, musical director, performer, and conductor for various projects spanning film to musical theater.  He has acted as pianist and/or keyboardist for Sarah Brightman, Diana Ross, Jennifer Holliday, Dianne Reeves, Liza Minelli, Maurice White, Freddie Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Paul Simon and Carly Simon, among many others, and served as Musical Director for Francesca Zambello in The First Wives Club,  Andre De Shields in Harlem Song and as Associate Conductor for George C. Wolfe in Harlem Nocturne. 

Fifteen years after the release of Europa, Tennyson has re-orchestrated “Adagio for Strings,” originally “Vesna e Zorica” written for violin and piano and released on Europa, for string orchestra and solo violin.  The recording this summer will be part of a release showcasing modern orchestral works. 

Tennyson is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of this project.  Please check out the video, contribute if you can, and spread the word about this project! You can read more at the following link: 

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