New PARMA Artist Apollo Chamber Players performed for one of their largest audiences to date last Friday at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. The Houston-based quartet’s NYC debut also served as the kickoff of a successful four-day East Coast tour.
The program explored the connections between European classical composers and the folk music from which they drew inspiration. The concert featured original string quartet arrangements of folk melodies from the Basque and Slavic regions as a stylistic and interpretive bridge to seminal works by Ravel, Lutosławski, and Janáček. The world premiere of a commissioned work by Karim Al-Zand, inspired by Bulgarian folk rhythms, further illuminated folk music as a timeless muse.
The group also distributed an exclusive EP of tracks from their forthcoming album EUROPEAN FOLKSCAPES during the tour, gearing up for their full album release on in early 2014.
This performance marked the first of two concerts featuring PARMA artists and composers at Weill in October. The second concert was held earlier this week and featured cellist Ovidiu Marinescu peforming works by PARMA composers as heard on the Navona release MOTO PERPETUO
Apollo’s debut album will be available on our Navona Records imprint in early 2014 so watch this space for more info!