Starr Parodi – The Heart Of Frida
cinematic solo piano themes and improvisations
Brilliant new music from Starr Parodi inspired by the life and art of one of history’s most expressive and beloved artists – Frida Kahlo.
Frida was a muse, feminist, lover, survivor and painter who transformed her suffering into transcendental art. Now, her story and imagery are transported into a new dimension with Starr’s cinematic, imaginative and genre bending musical journey The Heart Of Frida. As with Starr’s “deeply passionate”* iconic “solo piano album of the year”** Common Places, Starr brings us daring new sonic adventures utilizing her unique ability to create breathtaking melodies, colors and shapes. She creates this 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.
With The Heart Of Frida, Starr takes us on journeys that explore neo-classical & new age genres and her inviting themes and improvisations reveal deeper insight and nuance with every listen. Oxford Press author & Keyboard Magazine reviewer, Mark Vail writes: “Starr Parodi is one of the most talented and passionate pianists and composers of the 21st century. Her lyrical piano lines and unique chord progressions take unexpected and eloquent turns that keep you enthralled in her music. Her precise and astounding touch is unequalled. With “The Heart Of Frida”, Starr has reaffirmed her position as one of my all-time favorite musicians.”
“To say that I was mesmerized with her performance would be a huge understatement, so I wondered if that same magic would come across in the album – it does! Inspired by the life and art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the album includes nine original tracks that began as improvisations and two covers of classic rock tunes that are given a truly original treatment. Starr’s debut album, Common Places, was named Album of the Year in 2008 by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and I have no doubt that The Heart of Frida will appear on many “best of” lists and awards for 2016 – including my own! This is masterful solo piano that is deeply expressive and emotional – compelling listening that reveals new sonic colors each time you hear it. Don’t let it disappear into background music – crank up the volume and let it envelop you in the beauty of true artistry. Yes, it’s that good!
Wow! What an album! I give The Heart of Frida my highest recommendation! It is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Don’t miss it!” – Kathy Parsons, Mainlypiano.com
“The Heart of Frida, is an enthralling musical tribute to Mexico’s favorite daughter, transcendental folk painter Frida Kahlo. Like Kahlo, Parodi’s music is vividly bright and brutally honest” – RJ Lannan, Zone Music Reporter
“Surely this recording will be receiving more accolades then I could possibly give it. If there is such a thing as musical perfection, then this is as close as it gets.” – Keith Hannaleck, New Age Music Reviews