We’ve just wrapped another full month of sessions at home and abroad. While we’re looking forward to kicking off September sessions, we wanted to take a moment to look back on the music made in the past few weeks.

We started off the month of August with our friends at Futura Productions, recording chamber music with longtime PARMA composer Carl Vollrath towards his upcoming album. With PARMA Senior Producer Brad Michel at the helm, the first two days of recording were spent with clarinetist Rane Moore, cellist Jonathan Miller, and pianist Randall Hodgkinson, while the following days saw the cello replaced with violinist Sharan Leventhal. 

A few days later, the red light was on in Ostrava, one of our more frequented recording locations. PARMA Recording Sessions Manager, Intl. Jan Košulič led as producer while we recorded works for orchestra, wind band, and string orchestra with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and composers Lawrence Mumford, Michael G. Cunningham, William C. White, and Jeffrey Mangels. 

“This was fantastic! I am so impressed [by] the professionalism and organization of the session.” Composer Jeff Mangels, after remotely streaming into his session

“I just want to thank you [Košulič] again for your fantastic work last night. I was so impressed — yet again — by how sensitive you are as a musician and a producer. You made it so easy for me, and I really enjoyed the session!” Composer William C. White, after remotely streaming into his session

Trio Casals

MOTO Session at Morningstar Studios

We wrapped August by working on one of Navona’s longest-running series: MOTO, with cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, pianist Anna Kislitsyna, and the newest member of the group, violinist Alexandr Kislitsyn. Together at Morningstar Studios in Pennsylvania, the musicians and producer Brad Michel captured the music of Michael Cohen, David Bridges, Diane Jones, John Bilotta, John Hawkes, and Katherine Price. These works will be included on the sixth installment of the MOTO series, coming soon to Navona Records.

As we head into the fall months, we’re continuing to monitor the current health situation and safety recommendations. You can explore some of our current protocols below:

  • All our partner studios have implemented improved cleaning and sanitation procedures, and follow all state and local guidelines.
  • Our production personnel and musicians wear masks throughout the recording sessions, and practice social distancing whenever possible.
  • We’ve adjusted our approach to microphone placement to allow chamber musicians and soloists to be seated 6+ feet apart, while still capturing a lush and rich sound. 
  • With team members and partners based around the world, we are able to record locally and limit travel whenever possible.
  • Remote composer attendance remains an option for all recording sessions. Read more about remote session attendance here.