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Vibes Virtuoso - Nick Parnell


Thu 17 Sep 2015, 11:00am–12:00pm

Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah, Mandurah & surrounds

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $28.00
  • FOMPAC (Friends of MPAC: $22.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: alison23

vibraphone [vahy-bruh-fohn] noun

A musical percussion instrument with a double row of tuned metal bars each above a tubular resonator. Contains a pedal to control sustain. Most impressively (and physically) played with four
mallets. Emits a mellow and smooth singing tone.

Old music made new again with masterful mallets of steel played by nick parnell, one of the world’s foremost vibraphone players. “I am passionate about showing audiences what can really be done with a vibraphone. When played well, it has the most amazing and beautiful sound that transports audiences to a heavenly place. The vibes combined with piano accompaniment makes for a completely unique concert experience for the listener,” says Nick Parnell.

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, vibrant listening experience despite the familiarity of the melodies. Most importantly, the vibraphone superbly melded with piano gets its moment in the spotlight, ranging from the technically challenging to sheer lyrical beauty in the space of a heartbeat.

Born in the Australian outback, Nick Parnell started 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 industry acclaim, such as the Centenary of Federation Medal awarded by the Australian Government and appearances with the likes of David Helfgott, Simon Tedeschi and the Australian String Quartet.