Composer, Performer, Instructor
Paul Safar is a composer and pianist. 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. Although the majority of his output has been piano, chamber, vocal and theatrical pieces, Paul also has two orchestral works, his “Concerto for Electric Guitar” and “Refugium-Snapshots of Denali”. Paul is based in Eugene, Oregon but welcomes commissions and collaboration across the miles.
As a teacher, Paul enjoys a busy piano teaching studio working with students ages 8-80. The students present recitals open to the public both independently and through the Oregon Music Teachers Association, Eugene District.
Paul is an active member of Cascadia Composers http://www.cascadiacomposers.org/, a non profit comprising over 80 composers in the Pacific Northwest.
Paul is excited to announce that his two saxophone compositions have been included in the catalogue of Keepe Publishing House. “Frogs at Dusk (and Other Sounds of the Swamp)” for saxophone quartet and drumkit as well as “Soaring (Fantasia for tenor saxophone and piano)” are available for purchase.
Consider buying a download of: “Morning Improvisation Suite” , a remote free improvisation
between Marc Egea, hurdy gurdy (Sant Iscle de Vallalta, Catalonia) and Paul Safar, piano (Eugene, Oregon, US). For purchase here.
For those of you interested in playing some of Paul’s piano music yourselves (or teachers, for your piano students), please go to sheetmusicplus. This will be the easiest and least expensive way to purchase Paul’s sheet music for your own use. Paul’s extensive catalogue of solo piano music (and a few duets) will be downloaded to this online site little by little.
VIDEO OF THE MONTH:
Cat on a Wire
Diane Chaplin,cello and Andrew Teem, doumbek drum
live from Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, Portland,Oregon
October 15th, 2016
This Cascadia Composers concert “A Cuba Con Amor” was a preview of the concert performed by Cuban musicians in Havana the following month. That concert was not recorded but this fabulous performance below contains the same energy and musicality! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
The Tell -Tale Heart
Delgani String Quartets’ commission/collaboration with orator Rickie Birran and new music set to the iconic Poe short story!
Enjoy this video of my composition for choir and organ entitled “The Vast Expanse”. Performed by the Resonance Ensemble of Portland with Greg Homza,organ. Text written by me during a visit to the Oregon Desert. Video features photography of Jackie Dickert.
“Incantation”(commissioned by the Polish Festival of Portland in 2016), performed by Kimberlee Uwate, viola and percussion, Eric Alterman, cello and percussion and Asya Gulua, piano is inspired by and based on the moving poem of Czeslaw Milosz of the same name. “Human reason is beautiful and invincible…”
Song for a More Just World – Dave Bender, trumpet Paul Safar, piano and Rob Tobias, spoken voice (text from the Talmud)
I wrote this short piece in 2017 but it continues to feel increasingly relevant at this moment in time.
We are sharing in the joy of music making and learning on the homeland of the indigenous people of this area, including the Kalapuya, who nurtured and cultivated this valley for thousands of years. We honor their important legacies and stewardship of the land, and recognize their continued presence as we gather today.