New Release Guide
GREAT SOUTHERN LAND
Phillip Chase Hawkins, Maria Fuller, Brendan Collins
Classical | Trumpet
On GREAT SOUTHERN LAND, Phillip Chase Hawkins’ debut album, a unique symbiosis exists between the trumpeter and renowned composer Brendan Collins. The result of their cross-continental collaboration showcases Hawkins’ virtuosity in both duo and trio settings.
tHE John Psathas PERCUSSION PROJECT VOL.1
John Psathas, Omar Carmenates
Classical | Percussion
THE JOHN PSATHAS PERCUSSION PROJECT: VOLUME ONE is percussionist Omar Carmenates’ recorded interpretation of the work of the Greek New Zealand composer John Psathas and is his first release on PARMA Recordings. The album is the result of an expansive, multi-year collaboration with a mission is to reimagine works from Psathas’ compositional oeuvre entirely for percussion instruments.
PIECES OF MIND & MATTER
Classical | Violin
Contrary to the popular belief which likes to separate the emotional from the logical, few things go together as well as music and mathematics. With PIECES OF MIND AND MATTER, South-Dakota- based music professor and composer Paul Lombardi has taken it upon himself to render this intricate relation audible and accessible to audiences – all while chronicling his personal musical journey.
TOKER MESSING AROUND...WITH THE CLASSICS ;)
Hakan A. Toker
Classical | Piano
What happens when you stop taking yourself -- and your music -- so seriously? Sometimes, the abandonment of rigidity can result in a performance that is more impressive, and memorable, than before. Turkish pianist Hakan Toker proves this point in TOKER MESSING AROUND, where he takes some well-known melodies from sources all across the map -- and adds his own twist and flare.
Classical | Orchestral
For composer and legendary Russian art and music figure Stas Namin, the current state of the world points towards a trajectory of violence and dissonance, as humanity curiously turns from a collective to an individual mind. This dissonance, drama, and the cosmic cycle of breaking down and rebuilding is translated through the power of the London Symphony Orchestra, in an epic performance born from a philosophical pondering of the state of humanity.
Rivanna Quartet, Albemarle Ensemble, Brandon Bell, Trevor Saint
Classical | Electronic
Glaciers represent some of the most striking examples of nature’s power and artistry, while simultaneously revealing the impact of mankind’s actions. With electroacoustic compositions recorded on top of melting glaciers, Matthew Burtner’s GLACIER MUSIC makes the issue unavoidable: while we converse and debate over climate change, iconic pieces of natural history are slipping away.
I CARRY YOUR HEART
David Holdhusen, University of South Dakota Chamber Singers
Classical | Choral
It is not often that one encounters a choir – professional or otherwise – whose unity, technical perfection, and musical expressiveness would be a match for the Chamber Singers at the University of South Dakota. The much-recorded, much-acclaimed ensemble presents yet another triumph in the form of I CARRY YOUR HEART, a breathtaking, exhilarating cruise through a cappella choral music from around the world.
WHEN THE SOUL SPEAKS
Jan Jirásek, Bonifantes Boys Choir & Czech Soloist Consort
Classical | Choral
WHEN THE SOUL SPEAKS paradoxically presents music of ancient texts through some of the present day’s youngest voices. Performed by the Bonifantes Boys’ Choir and the Czech Soloist Consort, these sacred texts rise to life through the performances of one of the Czech Republic’s most acclaimed ensembles.
Classical | Woodwind
Tower Duo, comprised of flutist Erin Helgeson Torres and saxophonist Michael Rene Torres, has selected the works of several notable composers for CROSSWIND, their first release with PARMA Recordings. The duo, whose particular interest lies in performing and premiering contemporary works by emerging composers, has premiered many of the pieces on the album, several of which were written specifically for the two artists.