Parallèle Ensemble

The California Parallèle Ensemble was founded in 1994 by Artistic Director Nicole Paiement and comprises musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2001, the Parallèle Ensemble has taken residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The professional ensemble focuses on the performance of contemporary music and lesser-known works of all periods. Under Paiement's baton, the Ensemble has completed many CD recordings including music by Lou Harrison (three CDs), Germaine Tailleferre (2 CDs), Claude Debussy, and Henry Cowell.

Recordings by Parallèle Ensemble

  Conductor and Artistic Director for Lou Harrison: In Memorium. Includes world premiere recording of Mass for the Feast of Saint Cecilia; Elegy for Harpo Marx; In Memory of Victor James; Sanctus; Pied Beauty. Also include Solstice. Parallèle Ensemble. First Editing being completed. Mode Records.
   Conductor and Artistic Director for Music of Darius Milhaud. Includes world premiere recording of Cantate de la Guerre. Also includes: Sonate pour violin et Clavecin; Aspen Serenade. Also includes commissioned work of Elinor Armor (student of Milhaud) : Api. Parallèle Ensemble, UCSC Chamber Singers. Helicon Records, April 2004.
  Conductor and Artistic Director for Messiaen's Legacy. Includes world premiere recording of Michèle Reverdy's Concerto for Orchestra and chamber music by Tristan Murail, Gilles Tremblay, Qigang Cheng. San Francisco New Music Ensemble and Parallèle Ensemble. Second editing completed.
  Conductor and Artistic Director for Caligula's Dance: Music by Lou Harrison. Includes world première recording of Easter Cantata; Caesar's Aria I, V, IX; The Only Jealousy of Emer; Caligula's Dance; Music for Remy; Marriage at the Eiffel Tower (chamber version); Mass (reconstructed and rewrittten for our ensemble). Parallèle Ensemble and UCSC Chamber SingersMode Records.
  Conductor and Artistic Director for Tribute to Andrew Imbrie. Includes world première recording of Spring Fever by Imbrie and world première recordings of commissioned works by John Harbison, Mario Davidovsky, Hi Kyung Kim, Wayne Peterson, Sung-Jae Lee, William Smith, and Robert Help. Parallèle ensemble and San Francisco New Music Ensemble. Recording completed. Mode Records-pending.
  Conductor for Dancing with Henry: Music of Henry Cowell, première recordings with the California Parallèle Ensemble of Atlantis, Heroic Dance, Dance of Works, Dance of Sports, and Suite, Mode Records.
  Germaine Tailleferre: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Partita for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Strings. Parallèle Ensemble and UCSC orchestra. Helicon Records 1048
  Piano Concerto, Partita and Flute and Piano Concerto
by Germaine Tailleferre. World Premiere recording of
Partita and Concertino pour flute et piano. Helicon
  Lou Harrison: Rapunzel, world premiere recording
of Harrison's serial opera in six acts, Parallèle
Ensemble of California, New Albion Records NA093
  Claude Debussy and the French School, members
of the Parallèle Ensemble, Musical Heritage
Society MHS 513903F
  La Musique de Germaine Tailleferre, Helicon
Music Ltd. HE 1008, 1996., including Images,
Forlane, Chansons Françaises, Sonate pour harpe,
Quatuor a cordes; members of the Parallèle
Ensemble, Dureco records, Intrada 11 58582