We’re entering the home stretch of possibly the most unique year of music-making that many can recall. Thanks to the resilience of our artists, partner ensembles, and session producers and engineers, the studios have not been silent this year. As we plunge into our October sessions, we wanted to share where and with whom we were making music these past few weeks.

We started off the month in Ostrava with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, recording works for Navona artists Simon Andrews and Allen Brings. With the red light on at The Ostrava House of Culture and PARMA International Recording Sessions ManagerJan Košulič at the helm as producer, we captured new recordings going towards an upcoming orchestral release with Navona Records. That same week, back in New England, we recorded works for prolific composer Carl Vollrath at Futura Productions with saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin and pianist Yoko Hagino.

A couple weeks later, we recorded solo piano works for composers John Craven and John A. Carollo with pianist Lucie Kaucká at the Reduta Concert Hall in Olomouc.

“There is something about Lucie’s playing. She understands my music.” – John A. Carollo

While in Olomouc, we also recorded music for orchestra with our longtime partners at the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra for composer and Navona artist Margaret Brandman. A few days later, back in Ostrava, we rounded out our international recording sessions with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, recording an orchestral work for composer Alexis Alrich.

We concluded the month of sessions with solo tuba and chamber music at Futura. Composer Janice Macaulay collaborated with Dr. Jobey Wilson to bring a new work for solo tuba into the repertoire, while composer Sarah Wallin-Huff recorded with flutist Sarah Brady and pianist Yoko Hagino.

“I just can’t tell you how happy I am with what we accomplished yesterday; it was a thrill!” – Sarah Wallin-Huff

With new music coming soon and recording sessions booked stateside and abroad, we’re looking forward to a strong finish to 2020 sessions.

As always, 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.