September 2018: New Releases from Big Round, Navona, and Ravello Records

With the arrival of September comes the welcoming in of crisper temperatures, colorful foliage – and here at PARMA, an array of captivating new music. From the second installment in our electro-acoustic series to a Spanish and Portuguese-inspired duet, our September releases are as vibrant and stirring as the beginning of autumn itself. Read on to discover all of our new sounds from Navona Records, Ravello Records, and Big Round Records…

Dive in and discover new music from Joshua Tomlinson, Lou Bunk, Julius Bucsis, Jennifer Merkowitz, Alan RinehartSara Hahn, Kamyar Mohajer, Duo Beija-Flor, Sauro BertiMario CiaccioGreg d’Alessio, Pedroia String Quartet, Marta Brankovich, Ed Martin, and more…

SEPTEMBER RELEASES OUT NOW

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MIND & MACHINE VOL. 2

Tom Prescott; Corey Fant; Joshua Tomlinson; Lou Bunk; Julius Bucsis; Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz; Joshua Harris

Evolving from the experimental electronic music created by artists such as Tangerine Dream, John Cage, and Brian Eno, with its emphasis on electronically generated sound, electro-acoustic music places equal emphasis on both electronic and acoustic sound. On Ravello Records’ MIND & MACHINE VOL 2, a diverse array of composers present their equally distinct interpretations of this creative combination of technology and music, revealing new worlds of listening, thinking, and feeling.

 

 


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DREAMS LAID DOWN

Alan Rinehart

Painter Henri Matisse described his dream for art as “an art of balance, of purity and serenity … a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” Alan Rinehart’s sophomore project with Ravello Records, DREAMS LAID DOWN, would likely fit that bill for Matisse. Serene yet heartfelt, DREAMS LAID DOWN invites listeners to sit back and soak in the intricate beauty of Rinehart’s classical guitar.


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I CLOSE MY EYES IN ORDER TO SEE

Sara Hahn

Accomplished Canadian flutist Sara Hahn demonstrates her exceptional sensitivity for emotional nuance coupled with great virtuosic capability, but most of all: the healing power of music itself.


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PICTURES OF THE HIDDEN

Kamyar Mohajer

Composer Kamyar Mohajer’s debut album, PICTURES OF THE HIDDEN, drops a pin in the present moment – as the composer states, “Millions of generations have pushed us toward our orderly existence.” Navona Records’ newest release asks the bigger questions: who are we, how did we get here, and how can we best shape the future?


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COSTAS

Duo Beija-Flor

Montreal-based ethno-classical Duo Beija-Flor explores the Spanish and Portuguese influence on world music with COSTAS, their vibrant debut for Big Round Records. Charles Hobson (guitar) and Marie-Noëlle Choquette (flute) form a highly expressive, versatile duo that is a force to be reckoned with.


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ART FOR TWO

Sauro Berti; Mario Ciaccio

Combine the genius of a composer whose work is described as “infectious, loud, and fun” (Gramophone Magazine) and “fascinatingly strange” (BBC Music Magazine), add the colorful virtuosity of two Italian woodwind greats, and throw in an acclaimed pianist for good measure. What do you get? ART FOR TWO.


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VEIL

Greg d’Alessio

Greg d’Alessio’s VEIL offers a cross-section through all the facets encompassing modern classical composition as well as an impressive portrait of the composer’s unique voice and development over two decades.


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QUADRANTS VOL. 2

Pedroia String Quartet

QUADRANTS: four instruments, four quartets, four-part series. Navona Records presents VOLUME 2, the second stop in a series that brings together the works of multiple accomplished composers into one album, performed by one of the world’s most exciting new string quartets.


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BLACK SWAN OF PIANO

Marta Brankovich

Peace and war, East and West, past, present, and future: find all this and more in BLACK SWAN OF PIANO, the latest album by award-winning composer and pianist Marta Brankovich. Brankovich, dubbed the “Black Swan of Piano” by the Miami Herald, invites listeners to explore the rich history of Serbia, her home country, in this captivating collection of piano works.


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SEVERAL TIMES

Dennis Kam

A central theme in Dr. Dennis Kam’s album SEVERAL TIMES is, predictably, time. Not so predictable is how time is used, manipulated, and developed throughout. Kam explores beyond expectation, using repetition and connectivity to experiment with form. This creates a unique sonic experience that pushes the boundaries of tonal and rhythmic conventions.


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JOURNEYS

Ed Martin

Ed Martin’s Ravello Records debut JOURNEYS could not be more aptly titled. This album of highly original piano compositions invites the listener on a voyage through mysterious realms where the limits of the sensual and the intuitive dissolve – a journey that is at times epic, and at other times epically quiet.

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