Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New PARMA Artists: Cappella Clausura

I'm pleased to share that Cappella Clausura, a Boston-area ensemble of voices and instruments specializing in music written by women from the 8th century to the present day, are now among the newest
members of the PARMA family and will soon be releasing recordings of Hilary Tann's "Exultet Terra" and other works on Navona Records.

Although this will be Cappella Clausura's first project with us, PARMA has previously worked with Hilary Tann to record her orchestral work "Anecdote" with long-time PARMA collaborator cellist Ovidiu Marinescu.

Aside from "Exultet Terra," this release will also feature other works by Hilary Tann and by 12th century German composer Hildegard von Bingen as performed by Cappella Clausura.

Keep an eye out for more news about the upcoming release - in the meantime you can find Cappella Clausura's upcoming performance schedule here, and check out a live recording from 2012 below:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Alicia Terzian, Recipient of the MERCOSUR CULTURAL NETWORK Award!

PARMA artist, Alicia Terzian, was awarded the Mercosur Cultural Network award for her outstanding work in the field of creation as well as diffusion of contemporary music within Argentina and around the world!

Terzian studied at the National Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts of Buenos Aires where she graduated from piano in 1954, from composition in 1958 and with the First Prize and Gold Medal in 1959. Her career has brought her around the world as a performer, orchestra conductor, musicologist and as a diffusor of contemporary music.

Alicia Terzian will be accepting the Mercosur Cultural Network award Tuesday, September 27th  at 6.30pm in the Auditorium Santa Maria of Buenos Aires at the Bank of the City in Buenos Aires. There is no entrance fee. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet World-Renowned Trumpeter, Dave Douglas!

World-renowned trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City, Dave Douglas from Green Leaf Music, is teaming up with OURBIGBAND for the annual PARMA Recordings Music Festival on October 7th at the 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH.

Dave Douglas is known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously. 

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a DorisDuke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an AaronCopland award, and two GRAMMY® nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, his active projects include his Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; Riverside, a quartet co-led with Chet Doxas; a duo with pianist Uri Caine; and, High Risk, an electronic-inspired quartet with Mark Guiliana, JonathanMaron and Shigeto.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and impresario. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and president of the Festivalof New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012. In 2014, he completed two years as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music. In addition to joining the faculty at the Mannes School of Music in 2015, he recently accepted a three-year appointment as the Artistic Director of the Bergamo Jazz Festival in 2016.

PARMA Recordings is very excited to be able to support the PARMA Music Festival in presenting highly distinguished artists such as Dave Douglas. Here's a sneak peek to what you will be experiencing coming up on October 7th. Mark your calendars!

Meet "Not Your Average Orchestra" OURBIGBAND!

Join OURBIGBAND with Dave Douglas for a night of pure musical talent and diverse sound as PARMA Music Festival presents its first concert in the season on October 7th. Buy your tickets here.

OURBIGBAND has brought together the coastline musical roots of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, in order to create a sound that is unlike anything you can find in a big band. Some might say that they are "not your average orchestra."

Chris Klaxton, the founder and organizer of OURBIGBAND, was quoted in an article for the Portsmouth Herald on his thoughts about getting the big band off of the ground:

 "I find myself surrounded constantly with fine instrumentalists and, as of the past several years, there is a plethora of fantastic musicians that can all improvise, all read music extremely well, can play in a very traditional way and are open to all forms of new/popular music. Knowing the musicianship and personalities in the band as I do, it seemed a perfect opportunity to put something of this sort together. I feel our collective sound/interests could yield a band capable of performing not only from the classic repertoire (these guys can swing hard!), but could also allow us to pursue original music, music from outside the jazz idiom, and eventually occupy a space in the community that is unique to us, our generation and our interests."

OURBIGBAND is made up of a 13-piece horn section, piano, drums, guitar and vocalists. This contemporary big band works with, and plays anything from classical composers, to improvisers, and original works, while constantly adapting to diversity in sound.

Monday, September 19, 2016

New PARMA Artist: Michael Slayton

Image from Vanderbilt University 
PARMA is excited to announce that composer Michael Slayton's album, SURSUM, will be coming out this November on Navona Records. 

Michael's work has previously been featured on the Navona album SPECTRA - A CONCERT OF MUSIC BY MEMBERS OF CONNECTICUT COMPOSERS INC. His new album will include the piece"Sonate Droyssig" from the SPECTRA album. 

Michael holds both his M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moores School of Music in Houston, TX. 

In addition to his composing work Michael is the editor-in-chief/author of the book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music. The book dives into the lives and music of notable American women in composition. Some of the women featured in the book include PARMA artists Libby Larsen, Marga Richter, and Judith Shatin. In 2013 Women of Influence was awarded the Pauline Alderman Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music. 

Michael currently serves as the Chair of the Composition and Theory department at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music

Can't wait to hear SURSUM? Check out a track from the album here. Welcome, Michael!