Starr Parodi

Starr Parodi

Los Angeles

“Surely no one could coax more passionate feelings and rainbow colors out of the instrument.” writes Oxford University Press author and former Keyboard Magazine editor Mark Vail of iconic pianist, composer & Steinway artist, Starr Parodi. He goes on to say “Parodi’s pianistic sense and delivery go way beyond creative. Words that come to mind while listening include imaginative, courageous, dynamic, passionate, gutsy, pensive, restrained, and euphoric. I’m thoroughly entranced by the whole experience.” Starr’s music is timeless and yet timely, both reflecting and drawing inspiration from the resonance of the world we live in as well as the art of genre bending artists such as Frida Kahlo. It is the inspiration of Frida Kahlo’s courageous spirit that has led to Starr’s latest chart topping album, The Heart Of Frida which was recently honored by ZMR International Radio Broadcasters as Piano Album Of The Year - Solo. With her live concert presentation of The Heart Of Frida, Starr merges multi-media, creative electronic manipulations of the acoustic piano, guest vocalists, (such as long time collaborator and former lead singer of The Temptations Louis Price), with aerial choreography performed by former stars of Cirque du Soleil, The Steben Twins.  All this exploring the duality of Frida’s vivid imagination in a way that both uplifts and creates a powerful emotional connection with the audience.

Starr’s previous album, Common Places, was lauded by Grammy nominated host of KCRW’s New Ground, Chris Douridas who said, “This deeply passionate and beautiful recording is one of the best albums of the year.”, and was also honored as Best Solo Piano Album of the Year by solopianoradio.com.

A trailblazer both onstage and in the studio, Starr is recognized as a leader in expanding the reach of women in the arts as a performer, composer, and a cultural visionary. Starr’s multi-award winning original compositions and productions have been featured in films, television and film trailers too numerous to list.

Some highlights of Starr’s groundbreaking career include: co-producing “To All the Little Girls” music video with multi Oscar winning filmmaker Terry Sanders, and being invited by the NY Times & TIna Brown Media to conduct and bring it’s performance to Lincoln Center for “The Women in The World 2017 Summit”. Starr performed at the Kennedy Center for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration and for several years, she performed nightly on the late night television hit, The Arsenio Hall Show. Together with her scoring partner Jeff Eden Fair, Starr’s innovative breakout production of the James Bond Theme received an RIAA Gold Record and this iconic work is widely acknowledged as being highly influential in recreating the modern action film trailer to its current form. (Forbes Magazine – April 2015). 

Partial film trailer composition/production credits include - James Bond, The Peanuts Movie, Bad Santa 2, Harry Potter - The Deathly Hallows Pt.1, Dream Girls, The Last Samurai, Mission Impossible 2, A Night At The Museum, X-Men 3, Zoolander, The Last Holiday, War of the Worlds, United Artist Logo, Star Trek Nemesis. Television scoring credits include - The Starter Wife (Debra Messing), The Division (Jon Hamm, Taraji P. Henson), Transformers: Rescue Bots, GI Joe: Renegades. and numerous award winning television films. Film credits include - Bert Stern: Original Mad Man, Conversations With Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter/Aaron Eckhart), Ghostworld (Scarlet Johansson, Steve Buscemi), New Line Cinema’s High Roller (Michael Imperioli), Rysher’s The 18th Angel (Stanley Tucci).  Starr is currently a composer in residence creating original orchestral works for The Laguna Arts Pageant of the Masters production at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, CA.

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