This fall, PARMA returned to one of our favorite locations for making music: the Czech Republic. Filled with culture, history, and some of the most prominent contemporary orchestras, the Czech Republic is a hub of musical activity. CEO Bob Lord was especially hard at work this round of sessions, recording with three different symphony orchestras... Continue Reading →
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.
We are excited to welcome composer Willem van Twillert to the PARMA family! We will be recording his piece “Branches of Singularity” in the Czech Republic this September. "Branches of Singularity" was originally written as a concerto for symphonic band, but this new orchestration was transcribed by fellow PARMA artist Timothy Lee Miller. We will... Continue Reading →
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 →
This here Tabby featured above was originally spotted by PARMA CEO, Bob Lord, while he was hanging around the Castle in Prague along the Vltava River, following a recording session one evening a year back. Bob recalls, "I think it was eyeing the same [beverage] I was" (not seen on camera). Bob drank his beverage after... Continue Reading →
We went to the Czech Republic last month to record once again with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, one of our top partner ensembles, this time including works by contemporary composers Carl Vollrath, John Carollo, and Daniel Crozier. It was a nice time of year to experience Moravia, and I wanted to write up a quick post to... Continue Reading →