Guitarist MARIO PARGA Collaborating With Singer LEE SMALL

In addition to working on his new solo album, "Shadows & Light", the new SAVAGE PARADISE LP and a new unplugged LP, British guitarist Mario Parga is collaborating with U.K. singer Lee Small (SHY, PHENOMENA) on a special studio album that has yet to be titled. Mario will write the music for the project and play the guitars and keyboards while Lee will provide his voice, lyrics and vocal melodies.

Mario said: "Lee possesses an amazing voice full of soul, emotion, passion and range, and on top of this he's a super-nice guy. We've been aware of each other's music for a while, and the opportunity to work together on a joint project has now arisen. I'm looking forward to working with Lee and hearing his voice in collaboration with my music."

Parga, born in Lytham, Lancashire, England on August 7, 1969, came into the spotlight during the late 1980s when he began appearing in numerous guitar and rock magazines such as Guitar Player, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Metal Forces and played a live guitar solo on MTV's "Metal Hammer" show.

During the early 1990s, Parga toured, played and recorded with numerous artists, most notably Cozy Powell and Graham Bonnet. In 1991, his debut guitar instrumental album "The Magician" was released by President Records. Following disillusionment with the music industry, Parga shied away from the scene until he re-emerged in Los Angeles in 1998, playing guitar on Graham Bonnet's "The Day I Went Mad".

Considered by many to be one of the greatest sweep arpeggio players of the guitar "shred" and neoclassical metal genres, Parga combines complex arpeggio patterns with rapid alternate picking, sweep-picking and string bending. He is also renowned for his emotive slower playing.

In 2000, Parga was approached by the guitar label Liquid Note Records and recorded his instrumental "Valse Diabolique" for their "The Alchemists" album. Two years later, he recorded his haunting ballad "Hourglass" for Lion Music's "Warmth in the Wilderness II", a tribute to fellow guitarist Jason Becker.

Early in 2007, Parga announced the creation of his own record label MidnightCafé Music (the name taken from his track "The Midnight Café" from "The Magician") and plans on releasing his future instrumental rock guitar music through it.


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