I produce music

I am the CEO of PARMA Recordings in North Hampton NH

I am the President of the Zagreb Festival Orchestra in Zagreb HR

I compose, perform, and record with Dreadnaught and others

From time to time I write a bit about making music, travel, the places I work, and the place I live

And I am proud to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Music Hall and the Advisory Board of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, both based in Portsmouth NH



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. 

With Pete Townshend of The Who Bob co-produced the double album METHOD MUSIC by Lawrence Ball, released in 2012 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, Stephen King, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and many more.  

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.


Photo credits (top to bottom)
Raya Al-Hashmi, Nick Phaneuf, Nate Hastings,
Michael Labrie, Jay Fortin, Regina Ablyazina