Standing O for Paul, Daniel Warren, BSO and Jazz Quartet (Photo
by Jorj Takacs)
A Standing Ovation For Concert Pianist
and Composer Paul Tobey
and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra at
the premiere of his All-New Epic Musical Masterpiece "The
Road to Santiago Suite". Conducted by Daniel
Warren with special guests the
Grand River Chorus
"A Thrilling World Premiere"
Road to Santiago Suite
CD - A Musical Journey Through Spain
Inspired by Tobey's 850
km trek along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. 9
movements are a melange of jazz, classical, world,
latin and folk music with lively themes ranging
Bossa Nova to a Salsa.
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This very popular movie download
is now available on DVD! Here's your chance to own
this one-of-a-kind documentary, the very first film
to be done by actual pilgrims while walking 850 km
along the Camino de Santiago.
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Here's what the audience had to say...
"The whole (concert)
experience gave me shivers and made me laugh and cry."
Loretta Ray, Pilgrim 2005
"Last night's concert
was terrific. I have wanted to do the Camino for five years
and I can assure you, your concert has helped solidify that
goal." Leo Renzella
Paul Tobey & The Grand River
Chorus - (Photo by Jorj Takacs)
"What a fantastic
evening we had!!! I don't know if you noticed but after
the first piece, a friend of ours jumped up and gave you
a standing ovation. We all enjoyed the entire night immensley.
I now would like to go to Spain. I gave a CD to our friends
and I know they will enjoy it too!!!" Verna Timpener
on an excellent and entertaining evening. You should sell
Celtic Santiago, especially, as a single." Dr. Norman
Photo by Jorj Takacs
performances were splendid, from beginning to end. The Gregorian
renditions were inspired and inspiring; your various - and
varied! - movements were superbly conceived and delivered;
and you gave the BSO an excellent opportunity to demonstrate
their outstanding versatility - which they succeeded in
doing. Truly an evening of fine entertainment. Felicitaciones
y muchismas gracias; estuba bastante especial!" Iain
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Presentation (Photo by Jorj Takacs)
Song Title - Ultreia
Paul Tobey brings to life this re-adaptation
of a 17th century song, written by a French Pilgrim, about
how the Camino (Road) calls out to the pilgrims with each
passing day and drives them "onward."
Song Title - Toro Santo Domingo
As pilgrims descend from the Pyrenees Mountains
into the small town of Santo Domingo for the annual Pilgrim’s
festival, they enjoy the traditional running of the bulls
and a vibrant music festival.
|Song Title - Burgos Bossa Nova
Many pilgrims face injuries that threaten their
ability to finish the journey. While nursing one such injury
Paul rests three days in Burgos and composes this seductive
Paul Backstage |
Photos by Jorj Takacs
Song Title - Caminar
(Click on image to launch YouTube video page)
This is free
video download footage captured along the Camino de Santiago
by Paul Tobey in the spring of 2004. Caminar is Spanish for
“Walking.” The steady ostinato rhythm of this
song mirrors Paul’s walking pace. It is this melody
and rhythm which energized him througout the 850 km pilgrimage
for walks averaging 25 to 30 kms per day.
|Song Title - Meseta Winds
The playful winds of the Meseta plains are portrayed in this
wispy, airy and light hearted up tempo composition. The winds
may just be the only companion a pilgrim has in a such a barren
Song Title - The Road to
The decent from O Cebreiro to Samos is the
most beautiful walk of the entire Camino. The lush violin
phrases symbolize the abundance of nature and express the
humility a pilgrim feels in its presence.
Song Title - Saria
(Click on image to launch video page)
video download features the actual footage from Paul's
850 km trek on the Camino de Santiago and shows you some of
the events that inspired Paul Tobey's compositions. After
walking 25 - 30 kms each day Paul would sit down at his laptop
and 2 octave keyboard and compose music relevant to the events
of that day.
The song itself, Sarria Salsa
echoes the atmosphere in Sarria. It is very festive and welcoming
with plenty of open air cafes and restaurants. Observing the
culture from a street-side cafe Paul echoes its energy in
this vibrant Salsa composition.
|Song Title - Celtic Santiago
This lively Celtic melody reflects the joy,
gratitude, sense of accomplishment and mixed feelings of euphoria
and sadness as pilgrims arrive in Santiago which, for most,
means the end of the journey.
Song Title - Finale Finisterre
As pilgrims reach the lighthouse in Finisterre
"the end of the earth", they enjoy a quiet moment
of reflection. Ultreia reappears to remind us that the journey
has not ended but, is just beginning.
All songs composed and arranged by Paul Tobey
copyright © 2007.
Symphony Orchestra - Concert Description
Symphony Orchestra lovers got a major surprise
when the curtain went up in Feb 2007 up for composer and pianist
Paul Tobey's new epic musical adventure "The Road to Santiago
Composed in 2004 during an 850km trek across northern Spain
on the famous Camino de Santiago, Tobey is finally seeing
his compositions make it to the big stage. And, according
to his contemporaries, he's taking an enormous risk by presenting
an eclectic mix of musical genres which stretch far beyond
the the boundaries of traditional symphonic performances.
Just how far did he go? Tobey explains, "I walked across
Spain to bring musical life to the Camino. Every day on the
journey was a new and different adventure and I'm taking symphony
orchestra composer liberties to reflect that
Music lovers enjoyed hints of jazz, classical, world, latin
and even Spanish folk music." The symphony orchestra
music was composed entirely during my 2 month journey through
Spain and I also drew from my musical influences and diverse
background as a jazz performer and entertainer," says
Paul's music has it all; it's contemporary, it has memorable
melodies, it has extraordinary rhythmic feel and it's just
Coupled with Tobey's legendary stage presence and infectious
off-the-cuff story telling this concert is certain to be the
must-see event if you get the chance at a theatre near you.
"I guarantee audiences a good time," says Tobey.
"That's what it's all about; making sure everyone is
enrolled, engaged and entertained 100% of the time.
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