Barossa Arts & Convention Centre presents
Musical Treasures Unearthed
5th October, 2017
Nick Parnell – Vibraphone
Michael Ierace - Guest Pianist
(winner of the 2008 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition)
‘Virtuoso is the right word for Parnell’s performance’, The Advertiser, 2015
Like beguiling treasures unearthed in fine antique shops, often the lesser-known gems are more entrancing.
Vibraphonist Nick Parnell, a five star musician – and secret revealer – unveils his musical treasures centre-stage in Secret Songs, his new album and tour.
Parnell’s magical mallets lovingly hurl audiences into new sonic worlds full of kaleidoscopic colour.
With no stone unturned, the Vibes Virtuoso has mined the very best of living composers to present Secret Songs, an upbeat feast of music full of light and shade.
The collection includes a world premiere piece composed especially for Parnell.
Galactic Dances, by distinguished Australian composer and pianist Joe Chindamo, pictures a ballet troupe travelling to a faraway galaxy and performing an edgy piece in mid-space.
Parnell also presents A Singing Song, a solo masterwork of four-mallet pianistic playing style by Gary Burton, the US vibraphone legend and musical collaborator with jazz great Chick Corea.
Also revealed is the secret version of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.
In this program there are many more encounters of joyous jazz, pulsing world music and elegant classical works.
Nick Parnell’s music has been called ‘liquid silver floating’. Be warned – his Secret Songs makes it simply impossible to encounter ordinary musical performance again.
“Nick Parnell, you can take a bow, and it is certainly a highlight when you do.”
About Nick Parnell
Born in the Australian outback town of Orroroo, Nick Parnell began teaching himself drums in his parents’ sheep shearing shed at the age of ten.
Such humble beginnings ignited a passion in Parnell that has led to accolades including first place in the International Melbourne Percussion Competition in 2001, a Centenary of Federation Medal awarded by the Australian Government in 2003 and the Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship in 2011. He holds a PhD from the University of Adelaide (Australia).
Parnell has performed with the English National Ballet, Russian Ballet Company, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide and Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, International Canberra Chamber Music Festival and for Musica Viva. Venue appearances include the Melbourne Recital Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place and the Australia High Commission (UK & KL).
Parnell has proudly shared the stage with inspirational artists including pianists’ Simon Tedeschi, David Helfgott (Shine), Michael Kieran Harvey (Ivo Pogorelic Piano Competition joint winner) and distinguished conductors including Gunther Schuller. His celebrated recordings have been released worldwide on the ABC Classics Label.
Performance Duration: 60 minuteswww.nickparnell.com