I Think it was the Fourth of July…

With Independence Day being this week, what are your plans? Barbecues, beaches, parades, maybe even some fireworks? No matter how you celebrate, Independence Day gives Americans an opportunity to reflect on who we are, where we have been, and where we are going, and music plays a key part in that reflection. Music has honored... 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 →

The PARMA Album of the Day: APPALACHIAN INSPIRATION

Composer John Beall released his debut Ravello Records album APPALACHIAN INSPIRATION in 2014. The album illustrates the impact of Appalachian folk music on his often unconventional yet appealingly direct style, featuring three piano and string pieces that display a strong, expressive grasp of folk tunes and traditional classical techniques. Gramophone says, "Here three profoundly conservative... 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 →

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