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OUT NOW: New album ELEVATE, Vol. 2 from RII

Desktop banner featuring a bird, announcing new album ELEVATE, Vol. 2 from the Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII)

We are excited to announce ELEVATE, the second installment and brand-new album from All Classical Radio’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII) and GRAMMY® award-winning Navona Records and PARMA Recordings. ELEVATE is available now on all streaming platforms and digital music stores. Physical CDs will be available in the All Classical Gift Shop later this year.

Continuing the mission of the Recording Inclusivity Initiative to expand America’s playlists, the album brings to life the sonatas of Yuko Uébayashi and Nobu Kōda and a string quartet by Damien Geter, performed by several of today’s leading classical performers.

ELEVATE is a beautiful testament to the power of uplifting each other in the arts. Musicians who played on the album include pianist María García, All Classical’s 2022-2023 Artist in Residence; Yoko Greeney, piano; Jennifer Arnold, viola; Martha Long, flute; Nancy Ives, cello; Emily Cole, violin; Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; and Ruby Chen, violin.

Learn more about ELEVATE at navonarecords.com.


THE INSIDE STORY: NAVONA RECORDS

“I would like this recording to expand the general perception and conversation of what classical music is,” pianist María Garcia tells Navona Records on their blog The Inside Story. María and flutist Martha Long recently spoke about All Classical Radio’s new album, ELEVATE.


ON-AIR LAUNCH PARTY

On May 10, 2024, All Classical Radio celebrated the release by sharing music from the album throughout the day, along with exclusive interviews with ELEVATE musicians: violinist Emily Cole, pianist María García, and flutist Martha Long.

On Saturday, May 11th, Club Mod host Andrea Murray shared excerpts from Damien Geter’s Neo-Soul, (commissioned by All Classical in 2020), and an interview with the composer about the creative process.


EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

Enjoy this exclusive sneak peek at the first movement of Damien Geter’s String Quartet No. 1: Neo-Soul: I. Bop.


ABOUT

All Classical Radio’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.

The Recording Inclusivity Initiative was made possible in part by the generous support of the Oregon Cultural Trust, The Sorel Organization, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and IBEW Local 48.


All Classical Radio extends heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported this important recording initiative, including but not limited to Bob Lord and PARMA Recordings; the RII Panel; Regional Arts and Culture Council; the team at The Hallowed Halls; Arianna Avena; Shawn Murphy; and the loyal listeners, supporters, staff, volunteers, CAG, and Board of Directors of All Classical Radio.


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