The Inside Story: Stephen Ruppenthal

New PARMA artist Stephen Ruppenthal, a trumpeter, released his debut album FLAMETHROWER on Ravello Records last week. Ruppenthal, a West Coast man known for his electro-acoustic musical compositions, is also an educator and Technical Publications Director. Today, Ruppenthal is our next 'Inside Story' featured artist, a blog series exploring the personalities of our artists and composers.... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: TURBULENT SKY

TURBULENT SKY, released on Navona Records in November of 2015, presents works by composers Fred Broer, William Coble, and Stephen Yip that explore and celebrate the dramatic fanfare, intricate textures, and variety of timbres possible with the orchestra. The album, which features Stephen Yip's "The Luminous Mystery" was hailed by Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review as "finely crafted,... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: SURSUM

Michael Slayton released his debut PARMA album SURSUM on Navona Records in November of last year. The album presents Slayton's six compelling compositions, where each is performed by a different ensemble or solo performer. These pieces are dreamy but focused, and equal parts smooth and dissonant – as well as the imagery that the music... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: RHAPSODY ON A RIFF

Classical guitarist Matthew Marshall released his debut PARMA album RHAPSODY ON A RIFF on Ravello Records in June of 2015. The album of original works for solo guitar written by New Zealand composer Michael Calvert,  display the versatility, dynamic range, and earthy timbre of the instrument, while developing a unique musical language influenced by serialism, New Zealand... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: VOYAGE

Pierre Schroeder released his debut PARMA album VOYAGE in June of 2015 on Navona Records. The album presents a captivating sonic journey that takes listeners on winding highways, through arid and spacious deserts, along with the shores of crashing waves, into desolate and snow-covered lands, through episodes of adventures, mishaps, discoveries, and losses. Kathodik classical... Continue Reading →


MOTO CONTINUO, a compilation album featuring works by Osias Wilenski Nicholas Anthony Ascioti, Diane Jones, John A. Carollo, Robert Fleisher, Brian Noyes, and performed by Trio Casals with Sylvia Ahramjian on the violin, Ovidiu Marinescu on cello, and Anna Kislitsyna on piano, was released on Navona Records in July of 2015. The album is a collection of six contemporary solo cello and piano... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: ASTRAL TRAVELS

David Arend’s debut PARMA album ASTRAL TRAVELS, released on Navona Records in November of 2015, explores several frontiers, including perceived boundaries between musical genres, earth and outer space, humanity and nature, and perception and reality. One of the music reviewing sites All Music says “the most remarkable aspect of Arend’s work here is not its... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: BALLADE

Kerry DuWors on violin and Futaba Niekawa on the piano make up duo536, which was founded in 2011. The duo released their debut album BALLADE on Navona Records in May of 2014. The album introduces themes from European folk tunes and exalted Romanticism with violin sonatas by Leoš Janácek, George Enescu, and Edvard Grieg. La Folia, in a... Continue Reading →


The Skyros Quartet, consisting of Sarah Pizzichemi and James Moat on violin,  Justin Kurys on viola, and William Braun on cello, released their debut album INTROSPECTIVE ODYSSEY on Navona Records in 2015. The album presents works by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Joaquín Turina (1882-1949), and Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) with captivating and emotive interpretations, which shows the quartet... Continue Reading →


Jean-Philippe Grégoire released his debut PARMA album SOUNDS FROM THE DELTA on Big Round Records in June of 2014 and also appears on BIG ROUND SOUND VOL. 1, released in 2015. Grégoire, a guitarist, and composer who has been the jazz staple in Paris for many years, presents this album as a refined and inspired hybrid of French... Continue Reading →

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