Things I Wonder is the writing of New York-based guitarist and composer Chris Parrello, as realized with some of the world's finest friends and players. Chris has been fortunate to collaborate on his music with members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kneebody, Grizzly Bear, M83, Wordless Music Orchestra, Robert Glasper Experiment, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Polyphonic Spree, The Knights.
Over the past ten years Chris has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, The Blue Note, opened for pianist Brad Mehldau, been featured on WNYC, been nominated for a Jazz Journalists Award, toured his music through the US and Canada, and been commissioned to compose for the Museum of Modern Art and Storm King Art Center. Chris has been awarded composer residencies by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (2013, 2014), the Con Edison Exploring the Metropolis Program (2014), and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2016), and was awarded a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for the exhibition and documentation of his sound installation piece, Promise Ring (2015).
“… an exciting example of how fresh and fine the state of contemporary jazz is, how musicians are expanding this still young music into new territory while maintaining its core values… A beguiling, fascinating recording and a stunning debut.” – thebigcityblog
“Swoonsome” – Time Out New York
“It’s like a bizarre cross between Radiohead, Robert Wyatt, The Bad Plus and Nico.” – Jay Stansfield
“Parrello explores frequently dark and cinematic ideas… to create soundscapes that seem to invoke modern classical chamber music as much as jazz.” – LEO Weekly
“Parrello’s compositions, not just of the individual songs but also of the songs within the album, are thoughtfully gorgeous, equally matching the sheer beauty of Karlie Bruce’s vocals and lyrics.” – Indieball.com
“A scholarly guitar virtuoso” – WECB Radio