Mario Parga
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Discography

1. Forcefield - Let the Wild Run Free (1990)
2. Forcefield - Instrumentals (1991)
3. Mario Parga - The Magician (1991)
4. Various - Cosmic Monstrositors (1992)
5. Graham Bonnet - The Day I Went Mad (1998)
6. Various - The Rock Side of Guitar (2000)
7. Various - The Alchemists (2001)
8. Various - Warmth in The Wilderness II (2002)
9. Mario Parga - Entranced (2007)
10. Mario Parga & Tony Martin - Spirit of Night (single) (2008)
11. Mario Parga - Spirit of Night (2008)
12. Mario Parga - Shadows & Light (2010) - release date Fall 2010
13. Mario Parga - Distant Dreams (2010) - release date WInter 2010

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Bio

Guitarist Mario Parga came into the spotlight during the ‘80’s with his outstanding technique 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 ‘90’s Parga toured, played and recorded with numerous artists, most notably as a solo artist and with Cozy Powell, Graham Bonnet and Forcefield. In 1991, his debut solo guitar instrumental album The Magician was released by President Records. Mario picked up several endorsements based on his dazzling guitar skills, most notably Ibanez Guitars who made him several custom models. Disillusioned with the music industry during the mid 90’s, Mario kept a low profile until he re-emerged in Los Angeles in 1998, playing guitar on Graham Bonnet's (Rainbow/Alcatrazz) The Day I Went Mad along with fellow guitarists Slash (Guns ‘n Roses), Vivian Campbell (Whitesnake/Def Leppard) and Bruce Kulick (Kiss).

Considered by many to be one of the greatest sweep arpeggio players of the guitar 'shred’ genre, Parga combines complex arpeggio patterns with rapid alternate-picking, sweep-picking, tapping and string bending. He was recently listed in the July 2008 edition of Guitar World magazine as one of the fifty fastest players in the world based on a scientific note clocking study. Aside from his incredible speed, Mario is renowned for his highly emotive slower playing.

In 2000, Parga was approached by the guitar label Liquid Note Records and recorded his popular instrumental piece '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 charitable album for fellow guitarist Jason Becker who was stricken with paralysis.

Mario continues to record and release original material, his long awaited guitar instrumental solo album Entranced was released by MidnightCafe Music in April 2007 and received worldwide critical acclaim.

In June of 2008, Mario teamed up with an ex-band mate, singer Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) and recorded a vocal version of his popular ‘Spirit of Night’ (Entranced, 2007). The song was greatly loved by fans of both artists.

Mario is currently recording a new guitar instrumental solo album called Shadows & Light that is scheduled for a Fall 2010 release. He’s also working on an all-acoustic instrumental solo album called Distant Dreams.

Mario Parga uses Siggery Guitars (his own handmade ‘signature’ guitar), Peavey Amplifiers, Bogner Amplifiers, Fishman Acoustic Amplification, Violet Moon Guitar Straps (his own ‘signature’ model) and G7th Performance Capos.

Mario lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with his wife and daughter.