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PARMA Recordings is proud to present composer Michael J. Evans’s Reunion, a piece celebrating our return to social life following pandemic-induced periods of isolation. Premiered live by the Portland Youth Philharmonic on May 21st at the Bauman Auditorium in Newberg OR, the music begins at, and emerges from our experiences during lockdown, including the isolation and self reflection that was a major part of our world at that time.

Sheet Music: https://www.mjevansmusic.com/sheet-music/reunion/

Michael J. Evans

Michael J. Evans is an American composer based in Washington, D.C. He has recorded with pianist Karolin Rojahn, Sirius String Quartet, Janaček Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic. St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, and Kiev Philharmonic. Most recently: Reunion, his latest work, celebrating the end of the Covid lockdown, received its world premier on May 21, 2022, by the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Michael began his musical studies at age ten, with piano and saxophone, and attended Kent State University, where he studied piano and composition. In 1986 he moved to Washington, D.C.

Living in D.C. has had a profound influence on his music. Many of his works explore, or are inspired by LGBTQ, environmental, social justice issues.

Michael’s musical language is polystylistic, and experimental but accessible. His recent projects are focused on multimedia: combining music, literature, and video.

You will find Michael in the kitchen when he is not composing. An admitted cooking show addict, he is always discovering new techniques, and experimenting with (hopefully) delicious creations.

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