November 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 and Ansonica Records. [Featured Image: Sirius Quartet] "The Sirius Quartet... Continue Reading →

Reaching New Heights: The 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominations

The 2020 GRAMMY Award nominations arrived with no shortage of good news. The Recording Academy nominated THE ARC IN THE SKY (Navona Records) for Best Choral Performance, and CeCe Winans’s Something’s Happening! A Christmas Album (PureSpring Gospel) nominated for Best Gospel Album, features our orchestral production work with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. THE ARC IN... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Sophya Polevaya and ELECTRIC SCENT

For her debut release on Ravello Records, ELECTRIC SCENT, composer and saxophonist Sophya Polevaya presents a series of electroacoustic miniatures. Its inspiration: floriography and perfume. Sophya’s journey as a musician began with classical training on several instruments. She then became immersed in more experimental forms of performance, in particular electroacoustic improvisation, with an interest in... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Matthew Detrick and WITHIN EARTH

Violinist, chamber musician, and entrepreneur Matthew J. Detrick is an emerging leader in the professional arts world. He is co-founder, executive and artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players, an internationally-acclaimed chamber music ensemble on the cutting edge of creative, programmatic performance and the commissioning of multicultural new music. Houston TX based Apollo Chamber Players “performs... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Yuan-Chen Li and FIGMENTS 2

Yuan-Chen Li first arrived on the contemporary music scene in Taiwan with her very personal use of instrumentation and style in her chamber music piece Zang (the funeral) in 2000. In 2003, the expression and orchestration of her orchestral work Awakening won the prize at the 2003 Asian Music Festival in Tokyo from the Asian Composers’ League,... Continue Reading →

In Memory: Marie Nelson Bennett

The opening movement of Marie Nelson Bennett’s English horn concerto Excursions (2004) is an almost perfect microcosm for her extraordinary musical accomplishments. Stately and confident, the movement’s initial brass fanfare is decidedly mid-century in style, reflecting Bennett’s early instruction with Paul Hindemith at Yale University in the 1950s. As this introduction unfolds, we discover two... Continue Reading →

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 →

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