Recording Inclusivity Initiative AMPLIFY Album Radio Launch Party
All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce that the GRAMMY® award-winning Navona Records label released 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.
On October 28, 2022, the station aired a special On Air CD Release Party, sharing the world premiere of music from AMPLIFY on the radio. This special program was hosted by Suzanne Nance and Adam Eccleston, and featured music from the album, interviews with Raúl Gómez-Rojas and All Classical Portland Artist in Residence María García, and more.
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. Learn more at recordinginclusivity.allclassical.org.
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 was made available on Friday, October 21, 2022. Hear an exclusive snippet of Lauren’s piece and learn more.
The full album was released on Friday, October 28, 2022, and featuring works by All Classical Portland Composers in Residence Jasmine Barnes, Keyla Orozco, and McCall. AMPLIFY will also include two posthumous works by Mélanie Hélène Bonis (1858-1937) and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004).
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.
Learn more at recordinginclusivity.allclassical.org.
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.
AMPLIFY is now available for purchase in the All Classical Portland Gift Shop:
Learn more about the album, the composers and musicians, and other ways to buy/stream it at navonarecords.com.