A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Becoming A Rock Star.

Bob 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” in 2015.

Formed in 2008 to present contemporary classical, jazz, and experimental music, PARMA features work by artists such as GRAMMY Award winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer Prize winners Yehudi Wyner and Lewis Spratlan, and Emmy Award winner Bruce Babcock among others. PARMA’s music can be heard in products and projects from ABC, CBS, Microsoft, C-SPAN, HBO, Nintendo, Showtime, PBS, and more.

In 2012 Bob co-produced the double album METHOD MUSIC with Pete Townshend of The Who, which was released on Navona Records and hailed by Pitchfork for its “wondrous, rippling, and startlingly tactile music.”

In 1996 he co-founded the award-winning 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, where the band has shared the stage with Dan Brown, John Updike, Salman Rushdie, John Irving, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and many more. Dreadnaught’s new full-length album HARD CHARGIN’ will be released in 2017.

As of this writing Lord more than 500 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. With PARMA, Lord regularly produces recording sessions in countries across the globe, including the United States, Czech Republic, Russia, Cuba, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, and Croatia.

Lord composed the theme song for NHPR’s morning show “The Exchange” in 2005, and the music is still featured on the program to this day. 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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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Becoming A Rock Star.

Serendipity is indeed the residue of design.

Bob 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” in 2015.

Formed in 2008 to present contemporary classical, jazz, and experimental music, PARMA features work by artists such as GRAMMY Award winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer Prize winners Yehudi Wyner and Lewis Spratlan, and Emmy Award winner Bruce Babcock among others.  PARMA’s music can be heard in products and projects from ABC, CBS, Microsoft, C-SPAN, HBO, Nintendo, Showtime, PBS, and more.

In 2012 Bob co-produced the double album METHOD MUSIC with Pete Townshend of The Who, which was released on Navona Records and hailed by Pitchfork for its “wondrous, rippling, and startlingly tactile music.”

In 1996 he co-founded the award-winning 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, where the band has shared the stage with Dan Brown, John Updike, Salman Rushdie, John Irving, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and many more.  Dreadnaught’s new full-length album HARD CHARGIN’ will be released in 2017.

As of this writing Lord more than 500 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.  With PARMA, Lord regularly produces recording sessions in countries across the globe, including the United States, Czech Republic, Russia, Cuba, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, and Croatia.

Lord composed the theme song for NHPR’s morning show “The Exchange” in 2005, and the music is still featured on the program to this day. 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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If somebody has an ugly baby...you should tell them it's an f-ing ugly baby. I think that's important, and one of the reasons why people trust me to make music. I will tell them "That's a bad idea" — Bob Lord

In the effort to minimize chance, I actually have been maximizing my opportunity for serendipity. The fewer possibilities and probabilities there are, the easier they are to predict and manipulate. — Bob Lord

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