17: Bob Lord, Founder and CEO of Parma Recordings

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bob lord MusicPreneurBob Lord is a producer, composer, bassist and CEO of PARMA Recordings, the New Hampshire-based audio production house and parent company of the Navona, Ravello, Big Round, MMC, Capstone, and Ansonica Records label imprints.  He was named one of Musical America’s “30 Professionals of the Year: Key Influencers 2015.”

Formed in 2008 to present contemporary classical, jazz, experimental music and more, PARMA features work by artists such as GRAMMY Award winners Richard Stoltzman and New York Polyphony, Pulitzer Prize winners Yehudi Wyner, Lewis Spratlan, and Donald Martino, former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and Pete Townshend of The Who, among others.  The company’s music can be heard in products and projects from ABC, CBS, Microsoft, C-SPAN, HBO, Nintendo, Showtime, PBS, and more.

In 1996 he co-founded the acclaimed recording and touring experimental rock trio Dreadnaught (described by a reviewer as “Zappa meets Yes at Willie Nelson’s BBQ”) and since 2005 has been the Music Director for the New Hampshire Public Radio series Writers on a New England Stage at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH.  In 2005 he composed the music for NHPR’s morning show “The Exchange,” which still features the composition every day.

As of this writing Lord has more than 400 recording and production credits on his resume, including the 2016 release ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS, one of the very first projects recorded and produced by an American music company in Cuba since the opening of diplomatic relations.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Music Hall and on the Advisory Board of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.

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