Boston and Washington, DC based six-piece Kingsley Flood released their first full-lenth Dust Windows in 2010, generating both critical acclaim and a passionate fan base. In 2011, the band issued the six-song EP Colder Still, with tracks that were touted by NPR, Esquire, and Paste. The band, described recently by the Boston Herald as a “Rolling Thunder Revue with a punk rock sneer,” has supported Grace Potter and Nocturnals, Angus and Julia Stone, Langhorne Slim, and Brett Dennen, among others, and is a two-time winner at both the Boston Music Awards and the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.
In 2013, Kingsley Flood has no plans to sit still. Battles, their latest full-length (released Feb. 5), is the band’s most honed, complex, and meaningful project to date. Recorded with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim, David Wax Museum) at Great North Sound Society in rural Maine, Battles amplifies the band’s pension for dynamics — rock songs that can fill music halls, quiet songs that sound two feet away. The resulting sound blends Dylan-esque storytelling, Kinks-inspired melodies, and the urgency of the Clash.
Anchored by Rolling Stone premiere "Down" and MTV Buzzworthy premiere "Pick Your Battles," Battles asks a fundamental question at the heart of our current national mood – how can those who play by the rules, yet fall behind, get back on their feet? Inspired by everything from dictators clinging to power to an unemployed worker still packing his lunch every day, Battles winds a deliberate path from self doubt (opener “Don’t Change My Mind”) to quiet determination (closer “This Will Not Be Easy”).
Begun in 2003 with concerts in Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Shakespeare Concerts presents recitals by world class musicians of music inspired by the Immortal Bard. These pieces include settings of the original English text to settings in translation by composers from the classical period to the 21st century. The mainstay of the series is the music of Joseph Summer. Since its inception, The Shakespeare Concerts have premiered over two dozen of his sixty-odd Oxford Songs.
Summer founded the Shakespeare Concerts in 2001 and serves as its executive director. A composer of opera, song, and chamber music, Summer has written more than eighty settings of scenes from De Vere’s nonpareil plays and sonnets, collected in seven books titled The Oxford Songs. Currently Summer is completing a chamber opera setting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. (back to menu)
The following artists have been confirmed for the 2015 PARMA Music Festival with many more to come.
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