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The reviews are in!

July 6, 2016


ABRAZO has been reviewed by the Latin Jazz Network and it is their Editor’s Pick / Album of the Month for July.  LJN has over 30K followers on Twitter and reported a favorable review of the new CD, which was released last month on the newly formed Ansonica Records. You may read the review HERE.


The Canadian journal Voir, which has a following of 85,000, has also published a short, positive review. You can read that review HERE - if you can read French that is!


World Music Central had this to say about Abrazo: “ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS demonstrates the extraordinary musical talent found in Cuba, spanning a wide range of musical styles.” Continue Reading


And a four-star review from All About Jazz is HERE.


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Abrazo: The Havana Sessions IS OUT!!

June 10, 2016


The much anticipated and talked about debut release from Ansonica Records Abrazo: The Havana Sessions has finally been released. This historic collaboration between musicians of America and Cuba is being offered at an introductory price of $15.29 (regularly $16.99/ $19.99 through iTunes) direct from Naxos HERE.


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Meet the Composers from ABRAZO

June 8, 2016


This Friday we're releasing ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS, the flagship release on our newest label, Ansonica Records. ABRAZO features two discs of new recordings we produced with our partners in Havana, Cuba during our first trip in early November 2015.


To celebrate this exciting and important release, we caught up with the composers Bunny Beck, Roger Bourland, Don Bowyer, John A. Carollo, Mel Mobley, Michael F. Murray, Tim Miller, and Margaret Brandman to talk about their experiences recording in Havana. Continue Reading


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Friends,


PARMA is pleased to present Ansonica Records' debut release ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS. The ground-breaking album was recorded in Havana Cuba in November 2015 and showcases works for big band, small jazz combo, choir, and chamber ensembles, performed by current or former members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere, and many more.


ABRAZO will be available beginning JUNE 10 from iTunes and Apple Music! Pre-order your digital copy now to instantly download the track "Hot Miami NIghts" by PARMA composer Timothy Lee Miller: CLICK HERE


The two-disc set features the music of composers Bunny Beck, Roger Bourland, Donald Bowyer, Margaret Brandman, John Carollo, Timothy Lee Miller, Mel Mobley, and Michael Murray. 


Go to the RECORDINGS tab to order your copy today!!


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A Cuban Embrace

May 17, 2016


A new release of a double CD from Parma Records’s new Ansonica Records  Works for big band, small jazz combo, choir, and chamber ensembles by composers Bunny Beck, Roger Bourland, Donald Bowyer, Margaret Brandman, John Carollo, Timothy Miller, Mel Mobley, and Michael Murray performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere, Vocal Luna  and Schola Cantorum Coralina. Executive Producer: Bob Lord; recording session producers: Dayron Ortega, Juan Manuel Ceruto, Wilma Verrier Quiñones. Recorded November 9 -13, 2015 in Havana, Cuba at the Abdala 1 Studio, Dbega Studio and Bellas Artes Concert Hall. Continue Reading


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New Recording Project

April 15, 2016


Yay, it's tax day, which means I get my wife back. She's a tax accountant and works long, hard hours the entire first quartet of the year, but it ends today, and tonight we celebrate!


I just closed on a deal with Bill Stevens, fellow VCFA Alum and co-owner of Ovation Sound Studios in Winston-Salem, NC to record several of my small ensemble jazz charts in May. We will be recording five of my quintets and three of my octets over a two-day period. The band members are all top pros in the area, and many are faculty members at area music schools, including UNC-Greensboro. Playing on the date are Annalise Stalls - flute and alto sax, Dave Finucane - soprano and tenor saxes, Brandon Lee - trumpet, Evan Ringle - trombone, Chris Boerner - guitar, Thomas Linger - piano, Steve Haines - bass, also acting as music director for the project, and Daniel Faust - drums. Very much looking forward to working with these guys. I am creating a gofundme campaign to help with costs of producing the album. Any and all help is much appreciated. The campaign should be live in a couple of days.


UPDATE: I just added the recording of the premiere performance of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, performed by Emily Custer - soprano and Moriah Custer - piano. She has an exceptional voice, which was well suited for this piece. LISTEN


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New Works and Recordings

March 29, 2016


2016 has started with a bang as far as the writing is concerned. So far, I have added five new works to my catalog, as well as a transcription of one of those works. But the big news is the completion of a large orchestral work that I have been working on for the past three years, off and on, of course. The new works include Wild Turkey Suite for solo bassoon, In Flanders Fields for SATB a cappella chorus, an arrangement of my Theme to the Movie "Doubles" for jazz quintet, which was a film score I wrote back in 1990, Scherzando for Strings, and finally Nuances de lumière for string orchestra, of which I did a transcription for woodwind quintet that came out really nice. The orchestral work is Voices from Itsă’tĭ, which is a historical work about the great Cherokee warrior-chief A’gstă’ta, or Oconastata as most historians know him by. I'm looking forward to some great performance opportunities with each of these, as well as the other works which are under way. Continue Reading


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Dear Madame Register of Copyrights: Please Support Take Down-Stay Down

March 21, 2016

by Stephen Carlisle


Why can't everyone see that Section 512 of the Copyright Act, more popularly known as the "Take Down" provisions of the DMCA, is an abysmal failure? If take down worked, the number of notices should go down. Instead the number of takedown notices sent increases exponentially every year. This is an enormous waste of time and resources for everyone involved. ... What take down-stay down proposes is to end "whack-a-mole." This means that when a Section 512 takedown notice is filed, and is not the subject of a legitimate counter-notice, then it becomes the responsibility of the web site to prevent the same or largely the same file from being reposted to the same web site. Continue Reading


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Abrazo: The Havana Sessions

February 19, 2016


For nearly 60 years, cultural and economic exchange between the United States and Cuba has been hindered and hobbled as a result of the U.S. embargo on trade and travel.  Influence from each has seeped through to both sides, but only with the restoration of diplomatic connections between the two countries in December 2014 did it become possible for real cooperation to occur. Continue Reading


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The Real Cost of Making Music: Why Respect for Copyright Matters

January 28, 2016

By Stephen Carlisle


I spent 26 years in private practice as an entertainment attorney, and my clients were primarily in the music business. So come along and see how the music business actually works, how it's supposed to work, and how respect for copyright is the foundation on which it all rests. Continue Reading 


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The Sound

December 23, 2015

By Larry Clow


"When Bob Lord traveled to Cuba in November, he saw constant reminders of how much life has changed in the five decades since the U.S. first imposed its embargo on the country. Basic things, like regular running water, Internet access, and electricity were hard to come by. As Lord sat on the edge of a fort in Havana’s bay, a colleague pointed to the Malecón, the city’s seafront esplanade. The skyline was almost the same as it had been when the embargo began in 1960, though after 55 years, the buildings were falling apart. " (The Sound) Continue Reading


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I went to Cuba, I made music, it sounds terrific

December 15, 2015

By Bob Lord (CEO, PARMA Recordings LLC)


I arrived in Cuba late in the evening on Saturday, November 7, 2015 for recording sessions in Havana.The trip was the culmination of a massive amount of preparation and planning to match the right music by the right composers with the right musicians, something  we do here at PARMA each and every day of the year. But this was... different. Continue Reading



IT'S OUT!! . . . Abrazo: The Havana Sessions has been released. Get your copy TODAY!!

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