Composer and BAFTA nominated Film Producer,
Releases Mini Album: ‘Messapica’
on Globe Soundtrack & Score
Released Friday 30th Oct 2020
Globe Soundtrack & Score is delighted to announce the release of the eagerly-anticipated mini album ‘Messapica’ by acclaimed British composer, pianist and film producer, Melissa Parmenter.
A noted and versatile composer, Parmenter is as equally at home in the music studio as the film studio and ‘Messapica’ is her new suite of original compositions, released digitally on Friday 30th October 2020.
The eight tracks that comprise ‘Messapica’ showcase Parmenter’s life-long love of the piano and her mastery of the craft of composition, all under the narrative arc of her deep emotional connection to Italy, where she was born. ‘Messapica’ is her tribute to the country that she knows and loves so well and several of the tracks incorporate the soundscape of Parmenter’s Italian childhood, such as the sound of the sea, cicadas and tolling church bells. Parmenter comments: “The sounds and memories from my childhood growing up in Italy have always been so vivid to me and for a long time I have wanted to blend these sounds into my music, exploring their textures alongside the piano”.
Melissa Parmenter’s evocative compositions are scored for either solo piano or piano and cello and feature Parmenter at the keyboard together with her regular musical partner, Harry Escott on cello. As with her very first showcase of compositions, her EP ‘Scandinavia’, her new album ‘Messapica’ clearly demonstrates how Parmenter is able to move effortlessly between her chosen worlds of film and music, the synthesis of which is beautifully distilled here.
A graduate of Music from Durham University, Melissa Parmenter began her collaboration with British film director Michael Winterbottom in 2003, first working on ‘In This World’ (Golden Bear Winner, Berlin Film Festival) and then producing his films for over 10 years, including ‘The Face of an Angel’ with Kate Beckinsale, ‘The Wedding Guest’ with Dev Patel, all four of the ‘Trip’ series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and most recently ‘Greed’ for Sony & Film4, starring Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher & David Mitchell. In addition to her BAFTA TV Award nomination, Parmenter has also been nominated for a European Film Award. Having had her music featured in Tracey Emin’s biographical film ‘TOP SPOT’, Parmenter has also composed the score to films such as ‘Genova’, starring Colin Firth and Catherine Keener and ‘The Killer Inside Me’ starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson.
Melissa Parmenter has now reached the stage in her varied career where music can no longer take a back seat to her film work. She notes enthusiastically: “I love the combination of film producing, composing and performing, as they feed off each other creatively. I do feel that now is the right moment for me to give my music more of my time and space”.
‘Messapica’ is an 8 track mini album, available digitally on 30th October 2020. It is available now to pre-order / pre-save.
All tracks were recorded & mixed by Nick Taylor at Air Edel Studios.
Mezzogiorno – piano (4.05)
Martina Franca – piano & cello (4.08)
Locorotondo – piano (3.58)
Bosco Verde – piano (1.57)
Ostuni – piano & cello (4.21)
Cisternino – piano & cello (4.30)
Ceglie Messapica – piano (3.14)
Trani – piano (1.50)
Melissa Parmenter – piano / Harry Escott – cello