Fishman artist Mario Parga is pleased to announce that he has formed a new Los Angeles based all-acoustic trio called Bonnet, Parga & Heavenstone with his longtime friend Graham Bonnet (Rainbow/MSG/Alcatrazz) on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Beth-Ami Heavenstone (Hardly Dangerous/Tomi Rae Brown) on acoustic bass and backing vocals. Mario (Mario Parga/Cozy Powell/Forcefield) will provide lead acoustic guitar and backing vocals to the trio, who are currently recording new material and rehearsing for live shows around the world.
Mario said: "I've always loved acoustic music and have played the acoustic guitar along with the electric since I began playing years ago. The acoustic trio will give us the opportunity to play a variety of songs, from old to new and a couple of instrumentals in an 'unplugged' environment with a clear, clean sound. The acoustic guitar has great dynamics, and it can be used to great effect for rhythms and solos. Graham sounds particularly amazing in an acoustic setting, he's able to use his entire vocal range and dynamics, from the softest melodies to, well, Graham! Beth-Ami's acoustic bass powers and grooves the trio with the bottom end, and her backing vocals compliment Graham's voice. Beth's been around on the L.A. circuit for decades and can play just about anything. We have a few new songs that are being recorded at my place and will be featured on our website soon. Live shows are currently being set up and will be announced on the trio's website, we hope to see our old fans and new at the acoustic shows, and for them to hear us in a new setting."
For more information, visit the band's website at www.acoustictrio.net.
About Mario Parga:
Born in Lytham, Lancashire, England, Mario became interested in music and more specifically, the guitar at a very early age. Mario was given his first guitar (a small scale classical type) at the age of four, he was seven years old when he got his first electric guitar. Growing up in both England and Spain, he was exposed to a variety of music, from classical to flamenco to rock and pop. Mario played in his first band at the age of 10, it was around this time period that Mario became interested and influenced by rock music and also discovered the music of latin jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola who had a profound effect on him. Considered by many to be one of the greatest sweep arpeggio players of the 'shred' guitar genre, Mario combines complex arpeggio patterns with rapid alternate picking and string bending. He is also renowned for his highly emotive slower playing.
Mario has appeared in numerous mainstream magazines such as Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Metal Forces, NME and the underground guitar fanzine G-Force. He's also appeared in major international guitar magazines and fanzines including Guitar Player and Guitar World, and was listed in the July '08 edition of Guitar World as one of the 50 fastest guitarists in the world (alternate picking technique) based on a note clocking experiment. Mario has also played a 'live' guitar solo on MTV and played 'live' on numerous radio and TV shows around the world.
During the year 1990, Mario met ex-Marbles/Rainbow/Alcatrazz/MSG frontman and vocalist extraordinaire Graham Bonnet who was involved with a band called Forcefield. Graham and Mario became friends and Mario played on two of the Forcefield albums. It was through this project that Mario recorded a solo album for the same record company, President Records. This album was called The Magician and was released in 1991.
Through these same connections Mario got to know drum and keyboard legends Cozy Powell and Don Airey. During the year of 1992, Cozy put together a band called Hammer, and Mario was recommended as guitarist for the band by Don. Cozy was enthusiastic with Mario joining Hammer as he remembered him from the Forcefield albums, and always referred to Mario as "the hooligan guitar player". The band was Cozy on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Tony Martin on vocals/backing guitar and Mario on guitar.
In mid 1993 Mario returned to the acoustic guitar and played it almost exclusively, recording several instrumentals. In 1998, Mario met up with his old friend Graham Bonnet in Los Angeles and played on his album The Day I Went Mad. This same album also featured guitarists Slash (Guns n Roses), Vivian Campbell (Dio/Whitesnake/Def Leppard), Bruce Kulick (Kiss) and John Thomas (Firefly).
Between the years of 1999 and 2000 Mario concentrated on writing material for both the electric and acoustic guitar. The songs 'Valse Diabolique' (The Alchemists, 2001) and 'Hourglass' (Warmth in The Wilderness II, 2002) were written during this time. In 2001, he was approached by Liquid Note Records, a specialist guitar label. Mario recorded his track 'Valse Diabolique' for their album The Alchemists. During 2002, Mario recorded his haunting song 'Hourglass' for Lion Music's album Warmth in the Wilderness II.
Mario's latest guitar instrumental solo album Entranced was released on the 14th of April 2007 on his newly formed record label 'MidnightCafe Music'. The album instantly received great critical acclaim, and put Mario back into the international guitar spotlight.
Earlier in 2008 Mario collaborated with his friend, ex-Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin on a vocal version of one of the Entranced tracks called 'Spirit of Night'. The song was released as a single and was instantly taken to heart by both Mario's and Tony's fans. In December of 2008 Mario released the compilation album Spirit of Night featuring the vocal and instrumental versions of the song plus other material including 'Valse Diabolique'.
Mario is currently recording a new guitar instrumental solo album called Shadows & Light. This new album is scheduled for a Spring 2014 release.
A lifelong acoustic guitarist as well as electric, Mario is excited to be a part of Bonnet, Parga & Heavenstone providing the acoustic lead guitar and blistering solos his fans would expect. He is looking forward to working with Graham and Beth in the studio as well as upcoming live performances.