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Parnther records a new dynamic solo piece for contrabassoon by Los Angeles based composer, Dave Volpe.
Hailed by the Huffington Post as "the ultimate in tonal purity" and praised by the L.A. Times for his "effortless phrasing", Anthony Parnther is a multi-instrumentalist who is equally committed to classical tradition as he is to the avant-garde. In addition to the bassoon and contrabassoon, Anthony performs on period instruments from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical era as well as specializing in some not-so-common woodwind instruments like the Sarrusophone and the Heckelphone. It is not uncommon to see Anthony wielding a baritone saxophone, a contrabass clarinet, or any array of gigantic woodwind instruments on the scoring stage for a Hollywood recording session.
Anthony has recorded on an extensive list of film and television scores for Hollywood's most venerable composers including John Williams, Terrence Blanchard, Bruce Broughton, Mychael Danna, John Debney, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Ludwig Goransson, Mark Isham, David Newman, John Powell, Alan Silvestri, and Hans Zimmer.
Scoring highlights include Star Wars: Episode IX-The Rise of Skywalker, Lion King, Looney Tunes, The Good Dinosaur, Lego Movie 2, Goosebumps, Moana, Ferdinand, The Storks, X Men: Apocalypse, The Conjuring 1 and 2, The Orville, Star Trek Beyond, The Nun, Ghostbusters, Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, She's Gotta Have It, Animaniacs, Onward, The Addams Family, Luke Cage, League of Legends, Spiderman, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Rogue One, and Lady Bird, The Kominsky Method, and Black KKKlansman.
In the live realm, Anthony has been a regular performer with most of Southern California's major entities including the Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Long Beach Symphony, MUSE/ique, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, California Chamber Orchestra, and Musica Angelica, a group committed to historically informed performances on period instruments. He has also performed as Principal bassoon for the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Jacaranda: Music on the Edge, Here/Now Music Festival, Contemporary Performance Collective (CPC), Long Beach Opera, Golden State Pops Orchestra, the Echo Society, BMI Conductor's Workshop, and the McCallum Concert Band.
Anthony's extensive discography includes recordings and live performances with Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Jackie Evancho, Beyonce, Kanye West, Hanson, Snoop Dogg, The Eels, Madonna, Kid Cudi, Il Volo, Elton John, Michael Bolton, Pete Townsend, Billy Idol, Evanescence, Vanessa Williams, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Doc Severinson, and Stevie Wonder. He has appeared on the American Music Awards, the BET Awards, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Video Games Live, and the Video Game Awards.
He began bassoon lessons with Julia Miller and went on to train with Robert Barris, Willard Elliot, Burl Lane. Also, he studied repertoire and doubling with Tristan Willems and baroque bassoon and performance practice with Charles Koster. Other teachers include Paige West Smith, Kevin Ross, Keith McClelland, and Danny Felty.
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