Chooka Parker: A Touch of Genius

There will now be a short musical interlude.

On Wednesday I went through a list of bad things. Included in that list were the extraordinary number of standing ovations given by Danni Minogue and Brian McFadden on AGT. But on the rare occasion when the third judge Kyle Sandilands stood up with them, those ovations were usually worth it.

I’ve got two such occasions for you today.

Meet Chooka Parker.

Chooka ParkerAustralia has two towns called Maryborough, Chooka lives near the one in Victoria, in a tiny rural town called Red Lion.

I suppose you could say he’s a bit of a country boy.

In Australia, we call chickens “chooks” and that’s where Chooka got his nickname from, on account of all the chickens on his parent’s farm. And whilst the farm might have loads of chooks, it doesn’t have a TV or a computer.

So, no Facebook, no twitter, no YouTube and, would you believe, no BobinOz! But Chooka loved to play drums on an old paint tin so much, that his dad decided to do something about it.

He bought him a piano.

Now, I can relate to Chooka on three levels:

  • I met my wife in a pub called the Red Lion.
  • He lives in a town with no pub. Hey, same here!
  • He is brilliant on the piano and I have often wondered what it would be like to be brilliant on the piano.

Obviously I’m not, couldn’t be bothered to learn. But when I was his age, I used to wonder how cool it would be to go around to someone’s house and notice a piano in the corner and just say “May I?” Then plonk my bottom down on the piano stool and bash out a tune just like Chooka.

It did happen, but only in my imagination.

But Chooka’s talent is real and, of course, the full story of his audition and first ever TV appearance on Australia’s Got Talent has been captured on YouTube. Many times! I’ve got two of them here.

This guy is probably a genius. I don’t know a great deal about piano playing (see above), but I found this on one of the comments on YouTube. The commenter, who probably does know something about piano playing, said……..

“….he can replicate scales only level 10 pianist at the end of their career after 30 years of playing could even wish to create with such speed…”

The video I am about to show you is the full version (recommended) of his debut and at the time of writing has only been online for three months. But it’s clocked up almost 1.4 million views! So I think it’s worth taking a look.

Oh, by the way, Chooka was only 16 years old when he did this…..

For those in a hurry, here’s another video, this one without all the talky bits and with a different piece of music. It’s just Chooka and his piano. But be warned! If you choose this one to ‘save time’, my bet is you just won’t be able to stop yourself from watching the other video afterwards.

Hahaha! Take it away Chooka…..

As I mentioned in a previous post, Australia’s got characters, but as you can see, Australia’s also got talent.

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  • Chooka Parker June 15, 2013, 9:13 am |

    G’day Bob, Thanks a lot for putting this up about me 🙂 I really appreciate it! I am now on the internet with many sites (even twitter), but being on Australia’s Got Talent was great! They even invited me back in 2012 as a Guest Performer 🙂 I’ve gone on to doing a lot of performing and have produced a CD and recently an EP. More music is coming soon! All the best and thanks again!

    • BobinOz June 17, 2013, 1:57 pm |

      Hi Chooka, great to hear from you and it sounds like things have moved on a bit since I first saw you on Australia’s Got Talent. You’ve got Internet 🙂 So now you CAN access Bobinoz 🙂

      Sounds like things are also going very well since those appearances, bit of a life changer I would think. Hope your CD does well, and I did check out your website, it’s looking good! Anyone else who wants to look, clicking on Chooka’s name above his comment will get you there.

      Cheers Chooka and thanks for popping by, much appreciated.


  • paul March 16, 2013, 6:08 pm |

    Well yeah he is a genius, his working memory is created trough exceptional connections between the two hemispheres…

  • Sean August 13, 2011, 4:44 am |

    Well, he’s a lot better than most of the no-hopers that are on the UK show!

    But seriously, I’ve been playing piano since I was about 14 (still no good at it 25 years later!) and what is incredible is his technique, which is something that takes years of practice to get. Is he an alien or something?!!!

    • BobinOz August 15, 2011, 12:27 pm |

      No, I think he’s human. But one of the judges, Brian McFadden, does refer to him as “a freak”. I think he means it in a nice way.

  • alan August 8, 2011, 3:56 am |

    hi bob.
    chooka is certainly something special,you get the rose in the thorns in these shows.i call the audition stage in the uk britain’s got mental issues.thanks for posting and thanks for the emails.

    • BobinOz August 8, 2011, 3:13 pm |

      Oh, I love the early auditions and all those nutters. Great fun!

      Cheers Alan!

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