Paul Safar is a LIVING composer of “Art Music” - active listening, concert or theatre based music. His original compositions continue the western classical music tradition as well as incorporate his love of jazz, pop and rock styles. Paul tries to push his creative abilities in each new project while maintaining accessibility for an audience. The majority of his output has been piano, chamber, vocal and theatrical pieces. Paul welcomes commissions and collaboration.
As a performer, Paul works as a solo pianist as well as a frequent accompanist of soprano Nancy Wood. Nancy and Paul have been presenting premiere pieces of contemporary composers through Cherry Blossom Musical Arts' “Art Music Live in the 21st Century” series. This duo is available for hire fortheir eclectic mix of art songs from around the world. In a slightly different vein, Paul and Nancy lead a fun, grooving group called “The Love Truffle” (piano, bass, drums, sax with vocals by Paul and Nancy) which plays jazz infused world music and reinvented Beatles songs. Keep an ear out for them at Eugene's Saturday Market and outdoor summer concerts.
As a teacher, Paul enjoys a busy piano teaching studio working with ages 7-75. The students present recitals open to the public twice a year. Call 541-868-5725 for more info.
Saturday, January 21st at 7:00pm at the chapel at Lewis and Clark College
"The Desire for the Sacred" produced by Cascadia Composers (Paul has two
short pieces on the program.)
Saturday, April 8th at 6:30pm at Tsunami Books, Paul, Nancy and Matt
Staples (saxophone) will play jazz before the Poetry Slam!
Saturday, May 13th at 3:00pm at Unity of the Valley Church
OMTA Soule Scholarship Teacher’s Concert
Paul will perform original works.
Saturday, May 13th at 7:30pm The Jazz Station (Broadway and Charnelton)
Paul and Nancy with Tom Bergeron, Dave Bender and Nathan Waddell play
original compositions and jazz tunes including premieres.
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To purchase sheetmusic of some of Paul’s piano compositions please send $10 (includes shipping) made payable to Paul Safar at 1885 Friendly Street, Eugene, OR. 97402. Please put your address on the check. Click Links below to listen:
Blue Note Suite - Five short beginner pieces. Explores jazz and blues elements
Summer Suite - Early intermediate programmatic suite
Montag in Wien – Intermediate. Pop-jazz flavor
Inflight Movie - Piano four hands with small improv sections - upper intermediate
Rhapsodie – Advanced
Intermezzo “Geese in the Moonlight”- Early advanced atmospheric work
Fly On (Variations on a theme by Hendrix) - Advanced
Stella’s Waltz - Early advanced
Links to text of Paul's compositions can be found below: