“Passion is such an overused word today that it’s become debased. But if you mix true passion for your work with raw talent and experience, it results in a heady brew; rich, unexpected, and beautiful. This is what Starr and Jeff brought to Bert Stern. Perhaps one of the best measures of a successful film score is when it becomes one with all the elements of a film, where the viewer cannot imagine ”that image” without “that music.” Starr and Jeff achieved that magical mix, and we are grateful.” Greg McClatchy, Producer – Bert Stern: Original Madman
“Starr and Jeff are a complete joy to work with – engaged, creative, collaborative, and great fun. But beyond that, their music enhances, evokes, delights, and stirs. We can’t wait to work with them again.” Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott, Executive Producers – The Starter Wife
“They care deeply about every theme… every instrument… every note.” Jeff Kline, Executive Producer – G.I. Joe Renegades, Transformers: Rescue Bots
The Pageant’s unique combination of original music, live narration and theatrical spectacle has benefited enormously from their sensitive and intuitive contributions.” Diane Challis Davy, Director and Dan Duling, Scriptwriter – Pageant Of The Masters,“ Laguna Beach
“Sensitive, dexterous and supple with the sounds, responsive and sure handed, quick–and always fun. A pleasure.” Aaron Lipstadt, Executive Producer – The Division
“I was blown away each week with their ability to create such rich and textured scores that elevated the show and added an element to the series that was invaluable.” Randy Myers, Supervising Director – G.I. Joe Renegades
“In addition to reaching a powerful final result, the process of getting there with Starr and Jeff could not have been more fun and satisfying” Hans Canosa, Director – Conversation(s) With Other Women, Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac
Starr Parodi & Jeff Eden Fair spend most of their hours creating. As you read this, they are most likely realizing their newest sonic adventure. Since their groundbreaking work on the iconic recording/arrangement of the James Bond Theme (RIAA Gold Record- which has been credited with revolutionizing the action film trailer genre*), Starr & Jeff have been finding an artistic balance between the worlds of scoring, recording, producing/arranging, conducting and live performance. “There is a common thread in the storytelling of all these mediums that is so satisfying and inspiring, and our vision is to create a visceral journey & experience for the listener in all that we do.”
After being originally hired to be a ghostwriter on several of network televisions leading dramatic series at just 20 years of age, Starr built on that experience and partnering with Jeff, they later became a major artistic force in the world of theatrical film trailers and featurettes, scoring and giving a voice to hundreds of Hollywood’s most visible film trailers (Last Samurai, James Bond, Mission Impossible 2, The Peanuts Movie, Harry Potter, Dream Girls, Night At The Museum, X-Men 3, The Last Holiday, War of the Worlds, etc…). With their reinvention of the modern James Bond Theme, their music has been given credit for helping to form the modern action film trailer as it exists today. (Forbes – April 2015)
Each summer, they are featured composers in residence, and their live orchestral work is a focal point in the renowned Pageant of the Masters. This show is arguably one of the most unique and artistic productions in the world, recreating masterworks of art from all genres and periods with living pictures and a full orchestra. Director Dee Challis Davy says of Starr & Jeff’s music - “The Pageant’s unique combination of original music, live narration and theatrical spectacle has benefited enormously from their sensitive and intuitive contributions.”
Jeff & Starr have created the musical landscape and character for hundreds of episodes of Television series — The Starter Wife (Debra Messing, Joe Mantegna), Transformers: Rescue Bots (Tim Curry, LeVar Burton), GI Joe:Renegades (Lee Majors), The Division (Jon Hamm, Taraji Henson), and numerous award winning films: Bert Stern: Original Madman, Conversations With Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter/Aaron Eckhart), New Line Cinema’s High Roller (Michael Imperioli, Michael Nouri), Rysher’s The 18th Angel (Stanley Tucci, Christopher McDonald). “Perhaps one of the best measures of a successful film score is when it becomes one with all the elements of a film, where the viewer cannot imagine “that image” without “that music.” Starr and Jeff achieved that magical mix and we are grateful.” – Greg McClatchy – producer (Bert Stern:Original Madman)
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At the heart of Starr’s creativity is the piano. She is a Steinway Concert/Recording Artist, and has recorded or performed with a treasured array of artists that span both genre and time (including Carole King, Seal, Duo del Soul, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carlos Santana, Phil Keaggy, and Patti Labelle). In addition to her collaborations with Jeff, Starr also performs in concert as a solo piano artist throughout North America and Europe. “It gives me great joy to connect with a live audience and it is a constant adventure to draw upon the energy that exists in that situation, to improvise and create something new for each concert”.
Starr’s acclaimed solo piano recording, Common Places, which was honored as Solo Piano CD of the Year (solopianoradio.com), was lauded by KCRW’s Chris Douridas. “This deeply passionate and beautiful recording (Common Places) is one of the best albums of the year.” and praised by Mark Vail of Keyboard Magazine, “Parodi’s pianistic sense and delivery go way beyond creative. Words that come to mind while listening to Common Places include imaginative, courageous, dynamic, passionate, gutsy, pensive, restrained, and euphoric. I’m thoroughly entranced by the whole experience.”
Los Angeles has always been Starr’s home. As a young teen, her natural musical gifts soon became apparent and she was invited to study music at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, followed by studies with experimental synthesist/composer Dr. Edith Smith and seminal arranger/orchestrator Dick Grove. Beyond her formal classical training, Parodi was heavily influenced by the cinematic themes she fell in love with listening to music by masters Ennio Morricone and Jerry Goldsmith, as well as the unique mix of orchestral textures and jazz in Miles Davis and Gil Evans extraordinary “Sketches of Spain”. Starr found these these influences key to helping her discover new approaches to her connection with pop and soul music as well. She soon found herself playing piano and keyboards in various gospel and soul bands, teaming up with members of Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Maze, and Parliament Funkadelic. Shortly after, Starr’s edgy funk laced work caught the attention of comedian Arsenio Hall who invited her to play keyboards on his groundbreaking late night hit, The Arsenio Hall Show, in the show’s dynamic house band “The Posse”. This garnered the young musician her early recognition and led to her performance at the Kennedy Center for the Inauguration of President Clinton, as well as being a featured artist along with Bruce Hornsby, George Duke & Joe Zawinul at Keyboard Magazine’s 20th anniversary concert (celebrating the top contemporary keyboardists).
Born and raised in Seattle, and surrounded by the explosion of the alternative music scene as a teen, Jeff was obsessed with the emotional and expressive sounds that surrounded him, and still draws continuing inspiration from the depth of the Northwest’s brooding climate and landscape. He became a multi instrumentalist, playing bass guitar in numerous rock bands and french horn and sax in orchestras around the Seattle area. After studying with jazz legend Gary Peacock while attending Cornish College of the Arts, he made his way to Los Angeles. There he found he had a unique strength in designing and developing soundscapes and became a sought after and innovative sound guru to many major artists at a very young age. While working with R&B saxophonist George Howard on his Billboard #1 recording “Dancing In The Sun”, and The Winan’s Grammy award winning “Let My People Go” Jeff met Starr onstage at the Gibson Ampitheater while she was playing keyboards for Howard and they have been partners, musical collaborators, and soulmates ever since.
It’s their special relationship with each other and with music that brings extraordinary insight into their film, live orchestral work, records, and all of what it is they do. When you consider that most films are about relationships in one form or another, having vast complimentary experiences and strengths not only give Starr & Jeff a deep emotional well to draw from, but brings an even greater component to their art.
(Starr is endorsed by Steinway Pianos and KORG synthesizers, Jeff is endorsed by Steinberg Technologies)