Malcolm Parson's new record Letters From Home was inspired by using music as daily journal entries reflecting on his past. Composing and recording each part himself, Letters From Home was created through the act of recording daily spontaneous ideas at his studio. These improvisational sessions were then sculpted, refined, and fleshed out over the course of a few months. By using violin, cello, synths, piano, and some occasional guitar accents he created a project embedded with warmth, density, and lush textures. He hopes the collection will create for others the feeling of nostalgia he experienced while revisiting his past and birthplace - the city of New Orleans - to which he has returned after leaving for approximately 20 years. The record is paired with artwork by Dora Lazarevic incorporating photos from Parson's childhood, and was mastered by Martyn Heyne at Licthe Studio in Berlin
Malcolm Parson is best known for his work as a member of both Turtle Island Quartet and Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. As a composer, he had his first break in 2019 by collaborating with Brian McOmber on the soundtrack to Little Woods (dir. Nia Dacosta). Since then, his film work has continued with projects such as The Sentence of Michael Thompson, Good Ol Girl, Ballet After Dark, LA28, Laying Flowers.:.Setting Fires, The World’s Greatest Storyteller, and currently If I Go Will They Miss Me. As a cellist, he has performed on several featured films including Palmer, Kingdom of Silence, Mudbound, and Blow The Man Down. In concert, he has performed with Somi, Kelsey Lue, The Eagles, Dianna Agron, Terence Blanchard, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Yebba, PJ Morton, BJ The Chicago Kid, Victory Boyd, Paquito D’Rivera, and Cyrus Chestnut to name a few. He has appeared on The David Letterman Show with Rhiannon Giddens, 2018 MTV VMA’s with Shawn Mendes, and The Jimmy Fallon Show with Niall Horan, The Roots, and Salaam Remi. Currently, Parson is nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album for his work on Terence Blanchard's latest release, "Absence" featuring E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet. Born in New Orleans, he moved to Atlanta at the age of 11 and began studying cello privately through Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s “Talent Development Program. He later earned his B.M in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music.