“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, 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.”
Steinway artist and multi-award winning composer Starr Parodi’s beautifully engaging, cinematic and adventurously lyrical neo-classical music has been featured on iHEART Radio, KCRW, NPR’s Echoes, numerous films, television shows, iconic movie trailers & her innovative production/arrangement of the JAMES BOND THEME has also garnered her a gold record. Starr recently co-produced a music video, TO ALL THE LITTLE GIRLS, with Oscar winning filmmaker Terry Sanders, and was invited by the NY Times & Tina Brown Media to bring it’s performance to Lincoln Center for THE WOMEN IN THE WORLD SUMMIT. Her first solo piano album COMMON PLACES, which won Solo Piano Album Of The Year (SoloPianoRadio.com), was lauded by KCRW’s Grammy nominated host Chris Douridas “This deeply passionate and beautiful recording is one of the best albums of the year”. Starr’s most recent musical journey THE HEART OF FRIDA, was also awarded Solo Piano Album Of The Year by both The International Radio Broadcasters (ZMR) & SoloPiano.com, and draws the breath of its inspiration from the life and art of one of history’s most expressive and beloved artists – Frida Kahlo.
Starr’s father, Roy Parodi, was a geothermal energy pioneer and prior to that, a contemporary of Frida in Mexico City during the 1930s, 40s & 50s. While living in Mexico, he was married to Margarita Henkel, who was the daughter of German ambassador. As legend has it, the drink the Margarita was named after Henkel(Parodi) on Oct.7,1941 at Hussong’s Cantina by bartender Don Orozco.
While Starr has been inspired by her family connections to both Mexico and Frida, what really drew Starr to Frida’s story was Kahlo’s ability to break though in an extremely male dominated society and an equally male dominated field of art. In 2009, Starr was the first female composer to be invited in the 75 year history of The Laguna Arts Pageant Of The Masters to write orchestral music for what is the world’s foremost Tableaux Vivant presentation. The theme of the show that year was The Muse and her first assignment was to write a suite of music for Frida Kahlo (and Frida’s relationship with Diego). What really struck Starr about Frida as she compared her to the other muses represented in the show was her strength, perseverance and unique ability to balance her dualities. Starr has cherished these attributes and drawn from them for her inspiration on THE HEART OF FRIDA album and concerts.
Starr creates and channels her music on her beloved and legendary 1928 Steinway grand that once made it’s home on the MGM scoring stage, and on which the Wizard of Oz was recorded.
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 composer, producer, performer 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.
“If you listen closely you can hear the ghosts in her music.” – R.J. Lannan
HIGHLIGHTS & PARTIAL CREDITS
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 the orchestra 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 scoring/production 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 commissioned original orchestral works for The Laguna Festival of Arts -Pageant of the Masters production at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, CA.