Historic Scenes, New Music, and the MFO: Czech Republic Sessions

In the Czech Republic, old and new stand side by side. Contemporary sculptures stand a few blocks from 1,000-year-old cathedrals. Vehicles wind their way down narrow cobblestone streets. Modern music is recorded by orchestras celebrating over seven decades of performance history. This June, PARMA Recordings CEO Bob Lord and VP of Design and Marketing Brett Picknell took to the streets, restaurants, and recording halls of the Czech Republic for a week of sessions with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (MFO). Between exploring sights from the Žižkov Television Tower to the Prague Castle, the team worked alongside the cast and crew at Reduta Hall to produce new works by PARMA veteran composers: Sergio Cervetti, Michael Cunningham, and Mark Dal Porto.

New PARMA Artist: Diego Vega

We are delighted to welcome Diego Vega to the PARMA family! Colombian-American composer Diego Vega is set to record his orchestral piece, "Red Rock," with PARMA in the Czech Republic this month. "Red Rock" is a symphonic poem commissioned by the Henderson Symphony and its music director, Taras Krysa, back in 2013. Diego describes the... Continue Reading →

PARMA Brings New Classical Music to China

PARMA ARTISTS TOUR TO SHARE WESTERN MUSIC WITH CHINESE AUDIENCES In the digital age, music travels around the world and into ears in mere fractions of seconds, and the evolving globalization of the art and business of music has yielded fresh sounds, novel modes of expression, and cutting-edge experiences for creators and listeners alike. Since... Continue Reading →

Forget Dog Walkers, Hello Cat Walkers!

A few weeks ago you may remember that we had three big recording sessions going on all at the same time. While CEO Bob Lord and A&R Representative Marina Altschiller were in the Czech Republic, our Sessions Manager Levi Brown, Grammy-winning producer Brad Michel, and our Social Media Specialist Samantha Granville, were in the heart of... Continue Reading →

One Step at a Time in the Czech Republic

In preparing to return to the PARMA office from a week of recording sessions in the Czech Republic, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what to say to everyone about this adventure. How do I answer when someone asks "what did you learn?" or "what was the biggest takeaway?" After some serious... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Jan Jirásek

Who was your first favorite artist(s) growing up? To feature just a few out of many – Arthur Honegger, Black Sabbath, J.S. Bach, Jethro Tull, Ludwig van Beethoven, folk music… I sought to absorb from many sources. What was your most unusual performance, or the most embarrassing thing that happened to you during a performance?... Continue Reading →

We Czech-ed out on Cats

Okay, so we decided to change it up a bit because, besides Bert and a few pawesome Cuba friends, we've shared a lot of love for our Czech Republic furry felines. So, even though we're headed back to the Czech Republic in a couple of weeks and should share another Czech cat, we haven't shared many from Croatia... Continue Reading →

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