More PARMA Artists on Spotify Curated Playlists

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Over the past few months, we’ve shared numerous blogs about new releases being featured in the popular “Classical New Releases” playlist curated by Spotify, which is followed by more than 60K listeners.

Because PARMA is verified, we catch the eye of Spotify. That little blue check you see everywhere allows us to be in the group first viewed by Spotify when it comes to making those “Discovered On” playlists, like “Classical New Releases.” (If you have an Artist account on Spotify and aren’t verified, click here to get started).

However, there are more than just “Classical New Releases.” In fact, there are hundreds of Spotify curated playlists with large followings of eager listeners. Several Playlists have featured a handful of our albums:

In order to keep track of all the featured albums, we put them all in one place for you in our “Spotify’s PARMA Picks!” playlist. If you haven’t already, follow us, our playlist, and spread the terrific music around so we can add more albums to our growing playlist.

DRESS CODE Featured in Spotify’s Hand-Picked Playlist

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The past few release months have been exciting for PARMA and our artists. The music streaming giant Spotify has picked up on the past three PARMA releases and have been featuring tracks from our artists’ albums in their hand-picked playlist “Classical New Releases,” which has over 160k listeners.

Korean concert violinist Moonkyung Lee started the trend back in February with her release of TCHAIKOVSKY, which features the London Symphony Orchestra, and now has over 50k streams. The trend continued with New York pianist Beth Levin and her March release BRIGHT CIRCLE, featuring the works of Brahms, Schubert, and Del Tredici, which since the release, has over 75k streams.

Last Friday we released our April releases and as luck would have it, the trend continues with the award-winning Colorado-based string ensemble Altius Quartet and their debut PARMA release DRESS CODE.  Now up to over 9k streams, we are excited to see where Altius and DRESS CODE will be in the coming weeks.

You can find DRESS CODE on Amazon, iTunes, and ArkivMusic.

 

April 2017 New Releases on Navona and Ravello Records!

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Happy Friday! Are you ready for another round of releases featuring new ensembles and artists, compilations, and re-releases? Well, take a deep breath and try to relax as you take in these big releases…


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DRESS CODE  |  Altius Quartet

A bold treat of fresh arrangements of popular staples, effortlessly combining the appeal of classical, jazz, and pop, in such pieces as Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir”; Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”; a-ha’s “Take on Me”; and a newer pieces Take It, an unlikely pairing of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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REAWAKENING  |  Jeffrey Jacob

A collection of varied works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, showcasing composer Jeffrey Jacob’s lush, mystical style.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  |  Spotify


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ERGO  |  Zhen Chen

An impressive contribution to the decades-long legacy of composers blending Chinese and western instruments and musical materials.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify 


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THE CHAMBER WORKS OF ALLEN BRINGS  |  Allen Brings

A triple re-release containing a collection of works for small ensembles comprised of a diverse selection of instruments.

Amazon  |  iTunes  | Spotify


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WINTER’S WARMTH  |  Andrew Schultz, John A. Carollo, R. Barry Ulrich, J.A. Kawarksy

An orchestral compilation featuring works from John A. Carollo, J.A. Kawarsky, Andrew Schultz, and R. Barry Ulrich, presenting conceptual pieces that all act as soundtracks to our resiliency during the toughest moments of the human experience.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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SMALL STORMS  |  Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello; Sun Min Kim, piano

Features Bohuslav Martinů’s duos for cello and piano from the latter half of his life, with the performances of Blecha-Wells and pianist Sun Min Kim fully embodying the folkloric sensibility and conservative style that typify the composer’s oeuvre.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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TWILIGHT REMEMBERED  |  McCormick Duo

A re-release of a collection of contemporary compositions for percussion and flute, including works from various composers.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Spotify


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RED LILIES OF BELLS GOLDEN LILIES OF BELLS WHITE LILIES OF BELLS  |  Alla Elana Cohen

Previously compared to the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, creative and evocative composer Alla Elana Cohen presents a collection of wildly imaginative works for string quartet, small ensemble, solo cello, and chamber orchestra.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  

*RED LILIES OF BELLS GOLDEN LILIES OF BELLS WHITE LILIES OF BELLS will be released April 21st, however the album is available for pre-order.

 

The Inside Story: Altius Quartet

Altius Quartet is made up of Andrew Giordano and Joshua Ulrich on violin, Andrew Krimm on viola, and Zachary Reaves on cello. The Classics Artists Alive Grand Prize-Winning string ensemble is currently holding the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Today the quartet is our next featured ensemble/artist for “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the personalities and inner workings of our artists. Read on to see how these guys keep a sense of humor.

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 *This is Zack answering for the group.

What was your most unusual performance, or the most embarrassing thing that happened to you during a performance?

This is a funny story that actually led to a great friendship and to the production of this album!  A few years back we performed at a fundraising event for a concert series and the presenter had asked us to make a sales pitch for the silent auction before we began the 2nd half.  One of the auction items was to sponsor the various artists that would be performing at the festival a few months later, including us.

At this particular performance, we were wearing brightly colored bow ties with our suits, which many of the patrons commented on.  So to people to bid on our sponsorship, we jokingly offered a house concert to be performed in “only our bow ties.”  Several old women ran to the back to bid on us and the laughter among the audiences took several minutes to die down.  Ultimately two couples won with bid somewhere around $20,000.  They ultimately got their house concert, but (thankfully) our wardrobe was not bow ties only. One of these couples has become great friends and supporters of ours and gave us our first major donation towards funding this album!

Moral of the story: Always keep a sense of humor!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Fantasy Football!  We’ve had a league for about 5 years with friends from school.  None of us have won yet…  Two of us have achieved the last place.

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, what are the three things you absolutely can’t live without?

Our spouses (assuming they’re not already zombies…), Torchy’s Tacos, and some good scotch.

If you could spend creative time anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?

Being based in Colorado makes for a pretty special place to rehearse and be creative.  The weather, the scenery, the proximity to the mountains.  It’s a pretty great place to be.  That said, we recently spent some time in Vienna and were very inspired by the musical culture there.  We had some deep and effective rehearsals while we were there.  So perhaps that would be our top spot for a creative destination.

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What was your favorite musical moment on the album?

For me, it’s the opening section of Stairway to Heaven.  I’m very proud of how that turned out and it’s a beautiful showcase of what a string quartet can bring to something normally played by a classic rock guitarist.

Was there a piece on your album that you found more difficult to compose/perform than the others?

“Take It,” for sure.  The solo section is really tough for each member to not get separated from the underlying groove.

What does this album mean to you personally?

This our way of saying that music is music and doesn’t necessarily have to be put in a specific box or category. We’re passionate classical musicians, but there is so much music out there to be excited about.  We wanted to bring a fun attitude to this album that bridges genres and gets listeners to hear something they might not expect from a classical ensemble.

Altius Quartet’s debut release on Navona Records DRESS CODE is available for purchases April 14th. Pre-order on Amazon, iTunes, and ArkivMusic. Until then, here’s a sneak peek:

Preview of April 2017 PARMA Releases

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Happy Spring! The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and we are prepping for another round of releases featuring new ensembles and artists, compilations, and re-releases.  Take a deep breath and try to relax because we have some big releases coming your way.


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DRESS CODE | Altius Quartet

A bold treat of fresh arrangements of popular staples, effortlessly combining the appeal of classical, jazz, and pop, in such pieces as Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir”; Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”; a-ha’s “Take on Me”; and a newer pieces Take It, an unlikely pairing of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”

Amazon | iTunesArkivMusicYouTube


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REAWAKENING | Jeffrey Jacob

A collection of varied works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, showcasing composer Jeffrey Jacob’s lush, mystical style.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusicYouTube


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ERGO | Zhen Chen

An impressive contribution to the decades-long legacy of composers blending Chinese and western instruments and musical materials.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusicYouTube


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THE CHAMBER WORKS OF ALLEN BRINGS | Allen Brings

A triple re-release containing a collection of works for small ensembles comprised of a diverse selection of instruments.

Amazon | iTunes


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WINTER’S WARMTH | Andrew Schultz, John A. Carollo, R. Barry Ulrich, J.A. Kawarksy

An orchestral compilation featuring works from John A. Carollo, J.A. Kawarsky, Andrew Schultz, and R. Barry Ulrich, presenting conceptual pieces that all act as soundtracks to our resiliency during the toughest moments of the human experience.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | YouTube


NV6092 - Small Storms - Front Cover.jpg

SMALL STORMS | Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello; Sun Min Kim, piano

Features Bohuslav Martinů’s duos for cello and piano from the latter half of his life, with the performances of Blecha-Wells and pianist Sun Min Kim fully embodying the folkloric sensibility and conservative style that typify the composer’s oeuvre.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | YouTube


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TWILIGHT REMEMBERED | McCormick Duo

A re-release of a collection of contemporary compositions for percussion and flute, including works from various composers.

Amazon | iTunes


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RED LILLIES OF BELLS | Alla Elana Cohen

Previously compared to the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, creative and evocative composer Alla Elana Cohen presents a collection of wildly imaginative works for string quartet, small ensemble, solo cello, and chamber orchestra.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | YouTube

*Release Date: April 21st. Pre-order of the album available prior to release.

Release Date: April 14th

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