Known for her extensive work as a producer in the film industry, Melissa Parmenter began her close collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom over ten years ago, serving as associate producer on ‘9 Songs’ (2004). Since then, she has produced many of Winterbottom’s films, including all three entries in the critically acclaimed ‘Trip’ trilogy – ‘The Trip’ (2010); ‘The Trip to Italy’ (2014) and ‘The Trip to Spain’ (2017). Parmenter also produced Winterbottom’s Paul Raymond biopic, ‘The Look of Love’, starring Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton; the prison inmate drama ‘Everyday’, starring John Simm and Shirley Henderson; ‘Trishna’, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ set in India, starring Riz Ahmed and Freida Pinto and tabloid murder story ‘The Face of an Angel’, starring Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne.
An accomplished composer and pianist, Parmenter, who graduated from Durham University in music, has scored a number of films, including Winterbottom’s ‘Genova’ (2008), starring Colin Firth and ‘The Killer Inside Me’ (2010), with Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. She also wrote the score for Simon Aboud’s film ‘Comes A Bright Day’ featuring Timothy Spall, Imogen Poots and Craig Roberts.
Furthermore, Melissa Parmenter has composed and performed solo piano works for several feature films, including Michael Winterbottom’s ‘A Mighty Heart’, starring Angelina Jolie’; ‘9 Songs’ with Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley and ‘Topspot’, directed by visual artist, Tracey Emin (2004).
‘Scandinavia’ a suite of five original compositions is her debut recording on the label Globe Soundtrack and Score. With works scored for either solo piano or piano and cello, the EP features the accomplished Parmenter on piano, with Harry Escott on cello. All tracks were recorded & mixed by Nick Taylor at Air Edel Studios.
‘Scandinavia’ showcases Parmenter’s life-long love of the piano and her complete mastery of the craft of composition. The works demonstrate her fascination with textures and the layering of sound and demonstrate how easily and seamlessly she moves between her chosen worlds of film and music and how they are united and perfectly expressed here.