PAUL G TERRYPIANIST • COMPOSER • PERFORMER
Bio by Nicolle Klinge
Blurring the lines between ambient & classical in a mesmerising, sensual blend of original instrumental landscapes.
Emerging Kent based composer (and health nut), Paul Terry, is someone who is continually reimagining his role as a music creator; having written for short films, orchestras, choirs, rock bands and classical ensembles. Paul believes we are all here to evolve, and music is a fantastic way of tapping into our potential. Music can be used as a tool for healing and raising our consciousness to a higher level, which is something the ancient Greeks confirmed with Apollo, their God of medicine and music. The music he creates is for listening with the heart; bypassing the intellect. Paul enjoys passing on his knowledge about music through music tutoring. It is important to him to make sure the body, mind and spirit are all in balance.
A vegan diet has proven to work well for him, in addition to the practice of chi gung. Paul is passionate about performance as much as composition, and also tries to travel as much as he can. One of his musical heroes is Nigel Kennedy who has helped bring down the social barriers of classical music, which has sadly been claimed by social elitism and snobbery for far too long.
Raised in rural Burnham, Buckinghamshire, in the heart of the Home Counties, Paul relocated to Canterbury, Kent and studied music composition at Christ Church University in 2001 with Dr Paul Edlin and Prof. Paul Patterson. There he discovered his voice, drawing from modern composers such as Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and John Tavener (The last two he met whilst at Christ Church). His favourite instrument is the piano, after the guitar, which he studied under Lord Gawain Douglas and Dr Kim Burwell. He also started to learn to play the violin (to improve string writing skills) under the direction of Dr Stellios Chatziiosidis. And is still pushing his piano skills active under the tutelage of composer and performer Dr Sam Bailey.
It was from there, after a short spell in London, that he returned to Kent to form the paul terry ensemble. In this experimental group were musicians from diverse backgrounds to match the diversity of Paul’s infuences, which includes rock, electronica, experimental jazz, and of course, modern classical. Since then, Paul has worked in and with the mediums of film, modern art, poetry and theatre. And earlier this year wrote a piece for an orchestra in Canterbury, “The Dreamers of Dreams”, which was performed on the 8th April, 2017. Now he is working on an album release of piano solo pieces, due out early 2018. Watch this space!