OLD music is made new again with masterful mallets of steel played by Nick Parnell, one of the world’s foremost vibraphone players at Morning Melodies at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre this week.
Parnell said he was passionate about showing audiences what could really be done with a vibraphone.
“It has the most amazing and beautiful sound when played well that transports audiences to a heavenly place,’’ he said.
“The vibes combined with piano accompaniment makes for a completely unique concert experience for the listener.”
Favourites from an internationally classic music repertoire – such as Gershwin’s Summertime, Albeniz’s Tango, Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso and Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – have been cleverly re-imagined by Parnell to create a whole new listening experience despite the familiarity of the melodies.
Born in the Australian outback, Parnell started teaching himself drums in his parents’ sheep shearing shed at the age of 10.
Such humble beginnings ignited a passion in Parnell that has led to industry acclaim, such as the Centenary of Federation Medal.