Composer and guitarist Chris Parrello has been fortunate to collaborate on his music with members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kneebody, Grizzly Bear, M83, Robert Glasper Experiment, Wordless Music Orchestra, Polyphonic Spree, and The Knights. Over the past ten years he 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 U.S. and Canada, and been commissioned to compose for MoMA and Storm King Art Center. Chris has been awarded composer residencies by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Con Edison Exploring the Metropolis Program, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for the exhibition and documentation of his sound installation piece, "Promise Ring." In 2018 Chris contributed the score to Aida Sehovic's "STO TE NEMA Boston,” which screened in the U.S. and Europe, and had pieces premiered at National Sawdust, the Etchings festival in Auvillar, France, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory and an M.A. from The City College of New York.
From 2011 and 2012 releases…
“… 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