Claudio Parodi received classical training from the age of 3 and commenced playing jazz from the age of 25. His instruments of choice are piano, Turkish clarinet, cheap electronics and tape. Parodi joined the improvisers’ scene in 1991 after meeting Barre Phillips. This meeting opened a world of possibilities and opportunities.
Parodi has played and recorded with Barre Phillips, Serge Pesce, Patrick Vaillant, Migue? Montanaro, Alain Joule, Edoardo Ricci, Eugenio Sanna, Guylaine Renaud, dancer Laura Banfi, Steve Piccolo, Nino Locatelli, Filippo Monico, Bilux, Roy Paci, DJ Jimmy, DJ Squamo, painter, bass and drums player and vocalist Patrizia Oliva, Giuseppe Ielasi, Cathy Heyden, Jake Kaluna, Roberto Laria, Echo Logico, Roberto Agosta, Mira Calix, poet Marino Ramingo Giusti, Bruno Dorella, Stefania Pedretti, Eleonora Papapietro, Saitoh Tetsu, Bruno Gussoni, Alberto Belli, poet Serge Pey, Riccardo Molpurgo, Paolo Porfiri, Martin O’Loughlin, Marco Cinque, poet Lance Henson, Knarf, Pop, Saalschutz, Suonatori di Sogni, Ron Anderson, Carla Bozulich, Leyna Papach, djwjm, Anna Troisi, Nels Cline, Lullo Mosso, poet Enzo Minarelli, Maramao, Lello Colombo, Claudia Cancellotti, Anna Zecca, Pierpaolo Cimino, Le Quan Ninh, Martine Altenburger, dancer Valerie Metivier, La Fanfare de la Touffe, Ababacar (Abdou) M’Becke, Federick Colombie, Dudu Kouate, DBPIT, Lendormin, Agente Orange, CRAMS Improvisation Collective, Adam Bohnam, Adrian Northover, The Feral Choir (conducted by Phil Minton), Anatrofobia, Sybille Kunz, dancer Cristina Negro and Massaccesi.
Parodi has also played under the direction of dancer Julyen Hamilton and played in Prauxparodie, a musical poetry duo with Luca Albrecht Praussello, formerly of Voci Atroci. Parodi’s projects include Half Clouds, improvisation duo with virtuoso soprano saxophonist Michel Doneda; and Duopoly, improvisation duo with Jon Dobie (founder and tour manager of B-Shops for the Poor and Sonicphonics) on guitar and sax. He has also played with Alessandro Buzzi (drums, electronics) as a duo, in La Protezione – with Luigi Valenziano (dubmaster, CD player, tapes) – and in Burzi Snack Bar – with Riccardo Kalb (electric bass, electronics). Parodi played in Manoeuvre Directe with Michel Doneda, Ly Thanh Tien (dance, poetry, trumpet, diapoems) and Maki (guitar, tapes). He played in Sun Circle Moon, a project led by Jacopo Andreini (sax, drums, bass) and Harlan Lyman (drums). He played in a multi-media project with Mirella Carbone (diapositives), in Macchina Disorganizzata n? 6 (a project by Cane Capovolto) playing with Massimo Bressan, Luca Pagani, Simone Perna. He played Turkish clarinet in the performance senza sm?ni (a pag. 777 di teleVideo) with Francesco Calandrino (performance coordinator, alto sax, acoustic guitar, electric bass) and Luca Pagani (acoustic guitar, electric bass). He played Turkish clarinet in . Open., led in 2004 by Jean-Marc Montera and in 2006 by Jean-Marc Montera and choreograph and dancer Mich?le Riccozzi (featuring Lelio Giannetto on doublebass). He played feedback in I, Norton, Opera Conducted by Gino Robair (featuring Fabrizio Spera on drums). Parodi played in Animates with Pascale Moret-Astier (improvised dance), Ly Thanh Tien and Roland Ossart (m?lisson). He also played in Isola (conversation), a project by Carlo Natoli (concept for video and audio, live electronics) for Fabrica Musica, with Gaetano Santoro (tenor and baritone sax). Parodi played in de Manincor/Rispoli/Parodi, an improvisation trio with actresses Anna de Manincor and Anna Rispoli on voice.
Parodi currently plays piano and feedback in a trio with Mat Pogo (vocals, megaphone) and s.dr? (electric guitar, objects). He plays feedback in Fete Foreign, a project with 24 musicians by Barre Phillips featuring Barre Phillips conducting and on doublebass. He plays Turkish clarinet, raita (Tunisian reeds) and shon (Thailand mouthorgan) in trio with Manuela Barile (voice) and Alessandro Buzzi (snare drum). He plays Turkish clarinet and feedback in Dono Celeste, along with Alessandro Buzzi (drums), Enrico Ghezzi (keyboards), Anthony Millner (voice), Giampaolo Piras (electric bass), Carlo Segalerba (keyboards), Diego Zappia (electric guitar). Under the name ‘rabbia’, Parodi and Alessandro Buzzi release recordings and organize events: booking Anatrofobia, Giancarlo Locatelli.
Parodi’s compositions have been played or diffused at the iXem incontra Roma festival, Electrolune, 34e Festival International des Musiques et Cr?ations Electroniques Synth?se, YouAreHere Festival 2004 in Nottingham, MAF 05 opening event, Festival Synthese 2005, PX Piombino_eXperimenta, Art School of Blois, Zeppelin 2005, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, XI Festival Primavera en La Habana 2006 and to IMMarts TechArt06, Arts Now Series at North Carolina State University.
Parodi realized music for the videos Malegantus (directed by Alberto Ghiara) and Frammenti Sonori (directed by Francesco Bianchi and Claudio Rossi), which won second prize in 1998 at VIII Videodance International Festival Il Coreografo Elettronico and received mention at the second annual Genova Film Festival. He was among the most accomplished musicians on piano (Improvisation Special Mention) and among the accomplished musicians on feedback (electronics) at the 2002 Ibla Grand Prize. The performance Rifl-Esso (Francesco Calandrino, computer visuals; Luca Pagani, computer visuals; Claudio Parodi, cheap electronics) was chosen for the Selected Artist exhibition at Chiangmai First New Media Art Festival, CMU Art Museum and PEAM ’03 Pescara Electronic Artists Meeting.
OvO: Assassine (Bar la Muerte 2001)
Loneliness (collector’s item CDr)
11’39″+5’00″=20’00” (CDr rabbia)
Loneliness on Frammenti, sonorit? in-tagli. (CDr + artbook Musica Moderna Records)
Enzo Minarelli/Luca Pagani/Claudio Parodi: Musicamimica Musicamimica (ovvero far musica con la mano nella lingua dell’antico Egitto) new version (miniCDr rabbia)
D.B.P.I.T.: The Outstanding Story of Mr. Mallory (Sweet Farewell 2004)
La Morte – The Death mp3 at Tamara Lai: sacrifier le Sacrifice sacrificing www.tell-a-mouse.be/sacrifice/sacrifice.htm
Notturno Inquieto mp3 at www.aferecords.com
Claudio Parodi/Francesco Calandrino: Parodia del dito (Setola di Maiale SM890 2006)
Life Goes On. on ISIM International Society for Improvised Music Compilation CD 1 2006 www.isimprov.org
SEIKEN-CHIJU private edition available only at concerts