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Parma to Release ‘Abrazo: The Havana Sessions’ on Ansonica

By Shane Jordan s.jordan@classicalite.com on Feb 20, 2016 09:20 PM EST

CEO of Parma Recordings LLC, Bob Lord, is happy to announce the forthcoming release of Abrazo: The Havana Sessions on June 10, 2016 via the newly-minted Ansonica Records label.

Lord, who is a producer, composer, bassist as well as CEO of Parma, was named in 2015 as one of Musical America's 30 Professionals of the Year: Key Influencers. In May, he first visited Cuba following the United States loosening restrictions imposed by the nearly 60-year old embargo.

Less than a year later, Lord returned to the country for the recording of works by living composers with Cuban musicians.

The resulting double-length album, Abrazo: The Havana Session, features 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 current or former members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere, and many more.

In a recent press release touting the album, Lord remarked that Abrazo so took on a life of his own that he felt it would be the perfect debut release for Parma's new Ansonica Records:

"Producing new music by living composers is my passion, and hearing musicians play with this level of preparation, dedication, and ingenuity was invigorating...

"Abrazo was the natural album with which to launch Ansonica Records, a label that will feature unusual, striking hybrids of genre and style like those heard on the streaming sampler."

To hear a four-track sampler preview of Ansonica Record's Abrazo: The Havana Sessions, out June 10, be sure to head over to their company's official website.

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