The American Prize

March 1, 2017


I am very happy to report that my chamber work 224 slices of pi for flute, cello, piano and percussion was just awarded an Honorable Mention in the Professional Chamber Music Division of The American Prize for Excellence in Composition. In January it was announced as a Finalist in the division, and I am thrilled that it made it into the winner's circle, even if just on the outside of it. The piece was written and premiered at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival for Contemporary Music in Knoxville, Tennessee. Performing were Chris Schelb - flute, Hannah Meyer - cello, Andrea Lodge - piano and Ryan Patterson - percussion. The American Prize is national non-profit competition in the performing arts, which recognizes outstanding compositions and performances in numerous categories each year. Check out the recording HERE.


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NEW GoFundMe Campaign

February 10, 2017


So the GoFundMe campaign is in full swing and donations are beginning to come in. I am highly grateful to all who have contributed thus far. Please click the link above (the title) to learn more about my capaign, and please consider making a donation. Your donation, regardless of how large or small, will go a long way in helping to see this project through. Please consider donating today. >>> DONATE NOW!


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The American Prize

January 19, 2017


"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the Professional Chamber Music Division of The American Prize for my chamber work 224 slices of pi for flute, cello, piano and percussion. The piece was written and premiered at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival for Contemporary Music in Knoxville, Tennessee. Performing were Chris Schelb - flute, Hannah Meyer - cello, Andrea Lodge - piano and Ryan Patterson - percussion. The American Prize, a national non-profit competition in the performing arts, will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition HERE, or follow the news on Facebook, or on Twitter, or you can find out by following me on Facebook, or Twitter as well (links at right). Now, about that GoFundMe campaign . . .


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NEW GoFundMe Campaign

January 9, 2017


The recording is done. Now it's time to put it all together. A new solo CD project titled A DAY IN THE PARK and dedicated to family members, both present and those passed, has been long in the making and has covered a lot of ground. I have always found that writing music that has ties to something or someone special means a whole lot more and holds a very special place in your heart. This project is a very personal telling of my love of family and my desire to honor them through my music. 


DAY IN THE PARK will feature some of my newest jazz works for both small combo and large big band. Included on this project are works for three of my aunts - for Ruby is "Ruby in the Ruff," for Mary Lou is "Boo's Bolero," and for Estelle is "Stellee & Jack." The title work, "Sebastian's Day Off: A Day in the Park," is dedicated to my son Sebastian. who is now nine years old.  Also to be included on the project are newly completed pieces dedicated to my mom called "Poochie's Waltz" and to my aunt Marie called "Inky & Marie." One more in the works is for my aunt Della Mae.


The small combo pieces, five quintets and three octets, were written over a period of several years and were recorded at Ovation Sound in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in May 2016. When I mentioned the initial concept of this project to fellow Vermont College of Fine Arts alum William Stevens, who is the owner of Ovation Sound, he invited me down to North Carolina to use his studio, and to meet and work with some of his friends. I was fortunate to be able to work with some of North Carolina's finest jazz musicians, including Brandon Lee and Steve Haines of the UNC-Greensboro Miles Davis School of Music. The other musicians included Annalise Stalls, Dave Finucane, Evan Ringle, Thomas Linger, Chris Boerner and Daniel Faust, all exceptional musicians. They did not disappoint!


In November 2015, I was part of the PARMA Recordings venture to Havana, Cuba to record several jazz works under the People to People Exchange humanitarian program. The trip presented the opportunity for me to be among the first American composers to travel to Cuba since the US government eased travel restrictions to the country. Two of my big band pieces, "Hot Miami Nights" and "On An Autumn Day," were recorded with members of the infamous band Irakere at Abdala Studios in Havana. The two pieces were released by PARMA Recordings' Ansonica Records on the two disc album ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS, a collection of works recorded by eight composers on that trip to Havana.


During the final steps of planning this project, I was approached by Chris Robinson of PARMA, who offered to release the CD on their Ansonica label. This will be my fourth project with PARMA, and I have come to recognize that their mastery of recording projects such as this is great and their reach is far. I am honored for the opportunity and look forward to the completion of this ground-breaking project showcasing my jazz music.


Your donation, regardless of how large or small, will go a long way in helping to see this project through. Please consider donating today. >>> DONATE NOW!


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For Your Consideration - or not . . .

December 17, 2016


Well it was a nice dream while it lasted, being considered for nomination for a Grammy award, but alas, it was not in the cards. I think the powers that be miss placed ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS into the wrong category to begin with. It should have been in the Latin jazz category, not in a classical category at all. Although the classical representation on the 2 CD set was steller - five gorgeous unaacompanied madrigals that set the music of  Roger Bourland to the poetry pf recently-deceased Chicano poet Francisco Xavier Alarcón, John A. Carollo’s Burlesque in an unlikely pairing of trumpet and guitar, and Michael Murray’s  After The Fall, a three-part setting of a poem by Jodi Kanter - there simply was not enough classical on the whole for it to compete in the classical compendium category. Oh well, next time . . .


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KC VITAs Fundaraising Gala 2016

November 25, 2016


I am excited to announce that my art song Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening will be performed by the vocal ensemble KC VITAs on their Fundraising Gala Concert on December 15th at the Simpson House in Kansas City, Missouri. The work was premiered on February 27, 2016 by soprano Emily Custer with Moriah Custer, piano at Bryan Recital Hall in Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green State University,  Bowling Green, Ohio. KC VITAs, which is short for the Kansas City Vibrating Internal Thyroarytenoids, is a chamber vocal ensemble of professional singers committed to performing new music, benefitting composers, performers, and the future of contemporary classical music. Ticket information may be found HERE.


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For Your Consideration

October 31, 2016


I am happy to announce that my album Abrazo: The Havana Sessions is on the first ballot for consideration for Grammy nominations for the following categories:


Best Classical Compendium:

Abrazo: The Havana Sessions by Various Artists


Producer of the Year:

DAYRON ORTEGA

Abrazo: The Havana Sessions (Zalba Saxophone Quartet, Wilmia Verrier Quinones & Schola Cantorium Coralina Choir)


If the album is indeed nominated, then it's on to the Grammy's in February!


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Review of Works

October 25, 2016


On October 5, 2016 a review of three of my choral works was published in the German magazine Chorzeit - das Vokalmagazin. The review, written by Marie Schilp, the editor of the magazine, included "Be Near" (text by Jo-Hannah Reynolds), "The Garden of Dreams" (text by Madison Cawein) and "Tears" (text by Walt Whitman), and it was quite a favorable review. Continue reading


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PARMA's Cuban Project

October 20, 2016


PARMA’s Cuba project was featured on a program called New Hampshire Chronicle last night on WMUR9 (ABC affiliate), which was aired all over the state and then some. A great look at what is going on in Cuba these days with regard to music. My piece Hot Miami Nights is Featured prominently in the short dumentary. Have a look at the video HERE.


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The American Prize

October 19, 2016


Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the chamber music division of The American Prize for my works 224 slices of pi and String Quartet No. 3. The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division in several weeks. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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Classical Discoveries

September 19, 2016

by Marvin Rosen


I hope that you will be able to join me this Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 5:30 until 11:00 AM for Classical Discoveries featuring a mixture of music just written and some beautiful little known early selections. Here is a list of some of the works, which will be presented this Wednesday: 



A Descent into the Maelstrom by American composer,  Christopher Coleman (1958) 


Grounds for String Orchestra (2014) by American composer, Peter Dayton (1990) 


Symphony No. 9 "Celestial Symphony" by American composer, Barbara Harbach (1946) 


Dreamlines (2008) by Turkish/American composer, Kamran Ince (1960) 


Kid's Play: A Fun Suite for Orchestra by American composer, Timothy Miller (1961) 


Symphony No. 5 by Ukranian composer, Valentin Silvestrov (1937) 


Stolen Moments (2008/2010) by American composer, David Rakowski (1958)


Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble (2013) by American composer, Dana Wilson (1946)

. . . plus music by Osvaldas Balakauskas, Margaret Brandman, Eriks Ēšenvalds, Vladmir Godar, Guy Klucevsek, Ludmila Yurina, and others on WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton, NJ, or on the internet at http://wprb.com.


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New CD Release

September 8, 2016


Navona Records is delighted to present DASHING, a festive album for the holiday season featuring brand new works and arrangements of holiday favorites by several outstanding composers, with performances by The Stanbery Singers, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Familiar faces and tunes make appearances here, such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday favorite, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from his ballet The Nutcracker. Henry Wolking provides a jazz arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; likewise, David Tanner contributes with an arrangement of O Holy Night. His other work, A Visit from St. Nicholas, sets Clement Moore’s classic poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” to orchestra, with narration by Kerry Stratton. Delvyn Case and Timothy Lee Miller deliver rousing, spirited music with their Rocket Sleigh for orchestra and A Christmas Celebration for wind band, respectively. Continue Reading


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Live Interview on Classical Discoveries

August 18, 2016


Yesterday I was interviewed by Marvin Rosen on Classical Discoveries, which is a regular program on Wednesdays on WPRB 103.3 FM in Princeton, New Jersey. Marvin, in his 20th year of broadcasting this show, interviews composers while presenting many of their recorded works to the listening audience. The interview was broadcast live from 9:30-11:00 am, and we presented several of my works, ranging from works written and performed in 2001 all the way to my most recent CD releases this year. If you were unable to catch the interview live, you're still in luck. You may hear the recording of the entire interview by clicking HERE.


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Live Interview on Classical Discoveries

August 13, 2016


Please join Marvin Rosen on Classical Discoveries on Wednesday August 17 for a special live visit by composer Timothy Lee Miller, who will stop by the WPRB studio and present a number of his works during the course of the interview.The interview will take place live on WPRB from 9:30-11:00 am. Click on the title link above, then scroll down for a link to stream the interview live.


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NEW Solo CD Release

August 8, 2016


Today I am happy to announce the release for download my new CD project A Day in the Park, which features eight of my small jazz combo pieces. There are five quintets and three octets. The songs were recorded in May 2016 at Ovation Sound Studios in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I was fortunate to be able to work with some of North Carolina's finest jazz musicians, including Brandon Lee and Steve Haines of the UNC Greensboro Miles Davis School of Music. The other musicians included Annalise Stalls, Dave Finucane, Evan Ringle, Thomas Linger, Chris Boerner and Daniel Faust, all exceptional musicians. Fellow VCFA alum Bill Stevens, owner and operator of Ovation Sound, contracted all of the musicans, as well as working as the recording engineer and the editor and mix engineer. I am thrilled with the results. Check out the individual recordings on the Jazz Music tab above, and then click your way over to BandCamp.com, the exclusive location for downloads.


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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