“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.”
Starr Parodi first entered the public eye as part of the house band on the hit late-night Arsenio Hall Show. Since then she has scored numerous films, television series, and iconic movie trailers, and her solo work has been featured on NPR, KCRW and iHEART Radio.
Her credits include The Starter Wife, Conversations With Other Women, Transformers: Rescue Bots, G.I. Joe Renegades, The Division series, and hundreds of Hollywood's most visible film trailers/promo (Rogue One, Last Samurai, James Bond, Mission: Impossible II, The Peanuts Movie, Harry Potter, Dreamgirls, Night at the Museum, X-Men 3, etc.). Her darkly innovative production/ arrangement of the JAMES BOND Theme (RIAA Gold Record) was credited by Forbes magazine as "reinventing the modern action movie trailer.”
As a multi award-winning composer, Starr is the first woman to have her orchestral works performed in the 85-year history of the Laguna Pageant Of The Masters, where she is currently a featured composer. As a solo artist, her album COMMON PLACES 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”. Her recently released neoclassical album THE HEART OF FRIDA, which celebrates the life, art and courageous spirit of beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, won awards for Solo Piano Album of the Year from both International Radio Broadcasters, and solopiano.com.
In 2017, as part of "The Women in the World Summit," the New York Times invited Starr to Lincoln Center to conduct “To All The Little Girls,” a music video and performance she produced with Oscar winning filmmaker Terry Sanders, which celebrates the potential of young women.
A trailblazer onstage and in the studio, she is the President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and is widely recognized as a leader in expanding the reach of women in the arts as a composer, producer, performer and cultural visionary.
"If you listen closely you can hear the ghosts in her music." - R.J. Lannan
HIGHLIGHTS & PARTIAL CREDITS
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, Stuart Little, The Cell, V For Vendetta, 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).Cinema’s High Roller (Michael Imperioli), Rysher’s The 18th Angel (Stanley Tucci).
Co-producing “To All the Little Girls” music video with multi Oscar winning filmmaker Terry Sanders. Invited by the NY Times & Tina Brown Media in 2017 to conduct the orchestra, and bring this video’s performance to Lincoln Center for “The Women in The World Summit” hosted by Scarlett Johansson.
Performing at the Kennedy Center for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
Playing nightly on the late night television hit, The Arsenio Hall Show.
Together with her multi-award winning 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. (Forbes Magazine – April 2015).
Starr is currently creating commissioned original orchestral works for The Laguna Festival of Arts-Pageant of the Masters production at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, CA.