Tobey; Bio "
Pianist, Composer, Filmmaker, Pilgrim, Motivational
Speaker and Internet Entrepreneur Paul Tobey celebrates 25
years in the arts with a career that includes 7 CD's and 1
DVD, 2 documentaries, and a touring career that has spanned
Canada, Europe, Middle East and Japan.
"A Virtuoso" - Japan
In early 2003, Paul took a break from the jazz
industry and touring to return to his more classical routes.
Wanting to explore new musical ideas, Paul undertook a composing
pilgrimage and walked 850 kilometres "On the Road to
Santiago" across Northern Spain. It is the very same
steps that both Michelangelo and the great Poet Dante walked
prior to creating their masterworks.
"His right hand's a real marvel.”
Globe and Mail
Following in their footsteps, Paul walked over
the Pyrenees Mountains to the Shrine of St. James carrying
a lightweight laptop and a lightweight keyboard in his backpack.
Paul composed a body of work during his 8-week pilgrimage
in Spain, which included 22 works including 7 for piano and
Symphony influenced by classical, jazz, world and Spanish
folk music. Some of these compositions are featured on his
a Short Documentary entitled "The Brotherhood."
"He has everything to join the
legends." - The Kitchener Record
Paul directed and edited "The Brotherhood"
which features one of the world's most famous Monastery's,
Santo Domingo de Silos. He was invited into the cloister to
speak with Padre Ramon to talk about the life of a monk, music,
and spirituality. Also famous for their Gregorian Chants,
the Benedictine Monks have sold over 6 million albums world-wide.
Paul's first documentary was purchased by "Inspiring
Heart" a DVD club which specializes in the distribution
of spiritual TV segments and films.
"An Outstanding Pianist!" - All About Jazz
His 2004 DVD and CD release of "Live at
the Sanderson" was awarded (5) five Dofasco Music Award
nominations, and garnered (2) two Awards including Best Pianist
of the Year.
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Born September 7, 1962 in Owen Sound, Ontario,
Paul was raised in Brantford. Paul was classically trained,
and during these early years he won numerous Kiwanis Music
Awards. Paul graduated from Mohawk College in Hamilton, earning
his honorary diploma in Jazz and by 21 years of age graduated
with an honours degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University.
Paul went on to pursue his studies with some of the world's
musical elite including veteran jazz pianist Kenny Barron.
Paul's musical journey has
been well documented with 7 recordings including; a trio session
"Orpheus" (1994), an orchestra
session with Tobey's heralded third album "Wayward"
(1998), his Juno Nominated Quartet session
"Street Culture" (2001) and a solo
piano outing “Live at the Glenn Gould Theatre.”
In 2004 he released “Live at the Sanderson” both
on DVD and CD which garnered several nominations and awards.
Earlier this month Paul and his band recorded his newest release
"Paul Tobey's Christmas at the Piano"
and is being launched for the first time Dec 9th, 2005!
Pilgrim Productions Inc. has just released a
Collector's Edition of Paul’s best
recordings entitled “Anthology”
which includes 6 CD's + 1 DVD and a First Time Release of
his Solo recording sessions Live at Glenn Gould Theatre.
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For more information about Paul Tobey, Touring
Dates, Merchandise, or the movie about Paul's journey in Spain
entitled "Oh Ye of Little Faith", visit www.paultobey.com
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