BNMI Returning to PARMA Music Festival in August

The Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) will return to perform at the 2014 PARMA Music Festival, which takes place August 13-16, 2014 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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BNMI will be performing eight works by BNMI member composers, performed by members of BNMI’s Chamber Ensemble: Deirdre Viau (flute), Yhasmin Valenzuela (clarinet), Valerie Ross (piano), Asuka Usui (violin), Christopher Homick (cello), Jason Huffman (trumpet), and Michael Hardin (percussion). The group will be led by conductor and BNMI Artistic Director Patrick Valentino.

“We are excited by the opportunity to partner again with PARMA and to showcase our performers and repertoire to festival guests and the Seacoast audience,” stated BNMI president and founder Tim Davis. “As we learned from our participation last year, the festival presents a great opportunity to expand our network with other industry professionals, to increase our visibility, and of course to experience what other guests, presenters, and performers will be able to share and teach us as well. It is a great opportunity to witness and participate in what is going on across the industry as a whole.”

The eight pieces on the program were selected following calls for scores hosted by both BNMI and PARMA, and include works by Travis Alford, Thomas Dempster, Emily Koh, Alex Nante, Jeffery Shivers, Ingrid Stölzel, Patrick Valentino, and Chun-Wai Wong.

The concert will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2:00pm at St. John’s Church, 101 Chapel Street, Portsmouth, NH. It is free and open to the public.

About BNMI:
Created in 2009, The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. was formed in response to the need for better career opportunities within the contemporary art music industry. It actively encourages the generation of new music concerts, compositions, collaborations, and commissions. Through its networking and professional development events, and commissioning, collaboration, and program activities, it aims to advance the careers of its members. With the Boston region as its center, the BNMI continually seeks new ways to engage the community and promote the music of our time.

About the Festival:
The PARMA Music Festival is an annual celebration of the best in contemporary music, from classical and jazz to electronic and rock and much more. With everything from live music to panel discussions to visual art and educational events, the Festival brings together a diverse crowd to perform, collaborate, and listen.

The non-profit Festival’s mission is to present compelling and eclectic music in diverse live settings to new and existing audiences, all while showcasing the beauty and culture the Seacoast has to offer. Each summer the Festival brings artists, composers, students, ensembles, and performers from all over the world to Seacoast NH to perform a wide variety of music in traditional and non-traditional venues.

The Festival also partners with local and international arts organizations to program these unique concerts. While showcasing both local and international talent, multiple genres of music are presented from the concert hall to the local bar, with many surprising experiments and educational opportunities along the way.

The city-wide musical showcase is the brainchild of PARMA Recordings, a New England-based music company specializing in orchestral, chamber, choral, and commercial recordings as well as distribution, product design, strategic marketing, and licensing and publishing. The Festival is part of PARMA Recordings’ continuing mission to bring fresh and interesting music to new audiences in a variety of formats.

For a full schedule of the Festival, visit

BNMI Chamber Ensemble:
Deirdre Viau, flute
Yhasmin Valenzuela, clarinet
Jason Huffman, trumpet
Valerie Ross, piano
Asuka Usui, violin
Christopher Homick, cello
Michael Hardin, percussion
Patrick Valentino, conductor

 Travis Alford  Transitions
 Thomas Dempster  Metastable
 Emily Koh  [circum]-perceptio
 Alex Nante  Aleph
 Jeffery Shivers  Carousel
 Ingrid Stölzel  The More Things Change
 Patrick Valentino  Fourplay
 Chun-Wai Wong  A Call in the Wilds

Patrick Valentino Named Artistic Director

The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. has announced that Patrick Valentino will serve as the organization’s next Artistic Director.  He succeeds Erin M. Smith, whom the organization recently announced would be stepping down from her position as Artistic Director after serving in that role for the organization’s first five seasons.  Mr. Valentino will officially assume the role in August 2014, at the start of the organization’s sixth concert season. 

Patrick Valentino
Patrick Valentino

“Patrick’s comprehensive understanding of BNMI’s mission, and his vision for what BNMI can grow to become in the future, makes him a perfect choice to assume the role of Artistic Director for the foreseeable future,” stated BNMI president and founder Tim Davis.  “His versatility as a composer, conductor, performer, and administrator strongly qualifies him to address all aspects of BNMI’s mission, and to build upon the strong legacy Erin has created in establishing programs and activities encompassing all areas of our mission.”

Speaking of his appointment at BNMI, Mr. Valentino said “I am excited to take on the Artistic Directorship of such an innovative and multifaceted group. In addition to having an immensely talented and dedicated performing ensemble and administrative staff, BNMI and I share a confluence of visions on the important role new music can and must play for the future of music as an art form.”

An accomplished performer on the trumpet, organ, and piano, Mr. Valentino has trained as a conductor and composer at New England Conservatory, Ithaca College, Montclair State University, and Moscow Conservatory.  He will be making his second appearance as conductor with BNMI on Saturday's concert at the Longy School of Music, following his initial appearance at the Westfield Festival of Music in March.


BNMI closed out its fifth concert season on April 12, 2014 at the Longy School of Music, with a program of works by Emily Cooley, Roger Zare, Elizabeth Lim, Nick DiBerardino, Jonathan Sokol, and Bryan Jacobs.  Click here for more information on the program.

Read the review from Boston Classical Review.


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