All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce that the GRAMMY® award-winning Navona Records label will release AMPLIFY, our Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII)‘s inaugural album, on Friday, October 28, 2022! The album marks the 1,000th release from the PARMA Recordings label group.
All Classical Portland’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative is a response to the classical music industry’s longtime need for greater diversity, with the purpose of increasing awareness and opportunity for previously marginalized artistic communities.
Comprised of leaders from the radio, recording, publishing, and performing arts industries, the RII Panel and Executive Advisors selected five winning compositions from a pool of over 100 entries for inclusion on AMPLIFY. Including three pieces from living composers, and two posthumous works, the album was recorded at the NM Bodecker Foundation’s Halfling Studios in Portland, Oregon.
A pre-release single, A Spark and a Glimmer by composer Lauren McCall will be available on Friday, October 21, 2022, followed by the full album release on October 28.
AMPLIFY’s album cover artwork was created by Monica Obaga, an illustrator and graphic designer focused primarily on producing artwork in support of women, the environment, and positive African media representation.
Broadcasting from the heart of the Pacific Northwest, All Classical Portland is consistently ranked in the top three classical music radio stations in the United States. Creator of the award-winning Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII), All Classical Portland is leading the public radio industry nationwide by amplifying composers of our time and expanding access to outstanding classical music recordings. RII seeks to address the gap of classical music composers and musicians from underrepresented communities that make it onto the airwaves. All Classical Portland is globally recognized for its unique programming, innovative collaborations, and community outreach.
PARMA Recordings works with artists across genres, backgrounds, and borders, effectively bringing musical projects to completion with accuracy. By beginning with the end in mind and keeping quality at the forefront, we create projects recognized by the Recording Academy, Billboard, Gramophone, and BBC Music, and performed onstage at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and more.
Navona Records offers listeners a fresh taste of today’s leading innovators in orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and experimental music as well as prime pieces of classic repertoire. Since the label’s foundation in 2008, Navona Records artists have been breaking barriers and breathing new life into the traditions of classical music. Our music is meticulously performed by the finest musicians and handpicked to ensure the most rewarding listening experience. Navona Records is a classical imprint of music production house PARMA Recordings.
Learn more about the album, the composers and musicians, and where to buy/stream it at navonarecords.com