Paul Halley's music
'Halley’s mellifluous tone and subtle harmonic shifts sent many in
the audience home in a state of musical rapture. '
- The Washington Post
Halley’s own arrangements that transformed this event into a
genuinely moving and often heart-rending tribute to the best that
the American spirit has to offer.'
The Berkshire Eagle
'Halley draws upon (an)
eclectic vision, including elements of classical and Celtic music,
folk songs, and fantasies in his compositions. Playing music that is
at once vibrant and intricately contrapuntal, he deploys the
instruments with a symphonic sense of coloration.
- Billboard Magazine
'Halley composed much of the music, setting poetry and other
selections to majestic,
graceful melodies and arrangements. Halley (and Thomason) present a
of passion and praise, blending the old and the new in a CD replete
with respect for the content … an enriching experience regardless of
your belief system;
there is a universality in the musical expression that transcends
- Rambles Online
'Halley has a strong sense of melody and harmony, a boundless range
and an irresistibly affirmative point of view.'
- Tower Records
powerhouse of ingenuity, creativity and soulfulness. Halley’s
mastery of styles from French Impressionism to Jazz and New Age is
nothing short of absolute brilliance.'
- The Living Church
sectarian ritual, instead creating a kind of supernatural realm
for acoustic and emotional interplay.'
-The American Organist
'What earns this
recording a place in the Pantheon are the descants Halley wrote for
four carols, fresh, audacious and thrilling.'
- The Absolute Sound
'Halley’s vision of a world without boundaries is powerfully
conveyed in a work that will continue to delight, inspire, and amaze
after many repeated auditions.'
The American Organist Magazine
'The melodies he [Paul
Halley] wrote for his solo piano/pipe organ LP, Pianosong, are so
tuneful Barry Manilow would become an axe murderer just for the
chance to say "I wrote them."’
- Cincinnati Enquirer
'Halley has managed to banish murkiness altogether from his playing.
Perhaps it’s his clarity that’s most outstanding, or maybe because
of his clarity
he can accomplish so much more than ordinary mortals.'
- Kitchener/Waterloo Record
and Creative Director
Director of Music
King's College Chapel
and Artistic Director 1991-2007
The Battell Chamber Orchestra and Brass,
Joyful Noise, Inc.,
Director of Music (2007-2010)
Director of Music (1998-2007)
Trinity Episcopal Church
Director of Music (1977-1990)
The Cathedral of St. John
the Divine NYC
Composer and Keyboardist (1980-1998)
The Paul Winter
Paul Halley's complete bio and more information...
• Nick Halley
• Eugene Friesen
• Renee Louprette
• Jon Suters
• Matt Brewer
• Richard Baughman
• Kris Saebo
• Lage Lund
• Thomas Morgan
• Adam Niewood
• The Omega
• Angel On A Stone Wall
• Sound Over All Waters
• Missa Gaia/Earth Mass
you interested in engaging Paul Halley for an organ recital? Would
you like to arrange for our Pelagos Artists to participate with you
in a special performance or to commemorate a special event?
For performance information in PDF format, click on the links below.
PDF Performances General Information
PDF Performances Schedule of Rates
Paul Halley Biography
1) Dates and Availability:
Paul Halley is
available for concert performances throughout the year except the
month of August. Concert dates other than Saturday evenings are
preferred since Paul is Director of Music at St. George’s Anglican
Church, Halifax, NS and therefore engaged early on Sunday mornings.
Repertoire and Duration:
performances usually comprise two forty-five-minute halves with a
fifteen-minute intermission. A solo keyboard concert by Paul Halley
may include classic organ repertoire and/or piano repertoire as well
as Paul’s new keyboard works and improvisations.
performance possibilities include Paul Halley and The Nick Halley
Band performing repertoire from the “Angel On A Stone Wall”
recording, or Paul Halley and two associate keyboardists performing
repertoire from the “Triptych” recording for piano, pipe organ, and
harpsichord. Sound and or audio/visual equipment may be required for
Paul Halley and The Nick Halley Band are also available to perform
repertoire from the “Sound Over All Waters” recording, or “Missa
Gaia/Earth Mass” with your own resident choir. These concerts
require a sound system and sound engineer/mixer to ensure a quality
performance for the audience and the artists.
Choral performances and/or worship services sung by Keramion,
directed by Paul Halley, comprise choral repertoire in sacred and
secular genres, with organ accompaniment or a cappella.
For organ and
piano concerts, Paul Halley prefers to arrive at the venue at least
one day prior to a concert performance, to familiarize himself with
the instruments and to rehearse repertoire in the venue. Those
concerts involving other artists, choirs, or sound equipment may
require one to two rehearsals and sound checks in the venue prior to
September 2008. For a solo concert appearance by Paul Halley, the fee is $3200
US. For “Sound Over All Waters”, “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass”,
“Triptych”, or “Angel On A Stone Wall” programs with Paul Halley and
other artists, the package performance fees range from $4200 to
$16,000 depending on the number of band members, soloists, and professional choir members requested. Please
see the enclosed schedule for details. Please see
PDF Performances Schedule of Rates
5) Additional Expenses:
accommodations, and incidental expenses are additional. A per diem
for meals is requested.
6) Terms of Payment:
non-refundable deposit, due with the signing of the Performance
Agreement, is required to secure the performance date with the
Artists. An additional thirty-percent of the performance fee is due
no later than 90 days prior to the performance date, with the
remaining fifty-percent balance of the performance fee due at
Pelagos no later than the performance date.
7) Promotional Materials:
provide publicity photos and biographical materials about the
artists for use in promoting and publicizing the contracted
8) CD Sales:
permission to set up a booth for the sale of the artists’ recordings
at the performance, with no venue or sales commission payable to the
concert producer. If a representative of the concert producer is
engaged to administer sales of the recordings at the performance, a
sales commission of 15% may be retained by the concert producer.
choir of the venue or concert producer (church, community, or
college) may play an integral role in the contracted performance.
Consultation on repertoire by Paul Halley and the Choral Music
Director is recommended, and published scores of Paul Halley works
selected for the performance may be purchased from Pelagos by the
concert producer at preferential discounts.
sponsoring a performance may wish to commission a work by Paul
Halley to be premiered at the concert or to commemorate a special
occasion. Please contact Pelagos for details.
Feel free to contact us with
questions about the process of contracting Pelagos Artists for
Book one of
these exciting concerts:
Missa Gaia/Earth Mass
A Contemporary Mass to Celebrate the Earth
Paul Halley and Nick Halley,
The Keramion Band
(and your choir).
"The Earth Mass has achieved a distinguished triumph in combining
divergent music styles and imaginatively wedding voices,
instrumentation and recorded sounds of a tundra wolf, canyon and
musical wrens, harp seals, a flight of loons and singing humpback
whales." The Boston Globe
by Paul Halley, Jim Scott, Paul Winter, Kim Oler, and Oscar Castro-Neves Originally performed by the Paul
Winter Consort and recorded on CD,
Missa Gaia is
a contemporary ecumenical and ecological
Mass celebrating the Earth.
The work features Paul Halley and Jim Scott's
lyrical melodies with Oscar Castro-Neves
dynamic rhythms from African, Brazilian and
American Gospel traditions.
The work incorporates traditional Mass and
Biblical texts with the voices of
wolf, whale and harp seal. The seven
original choral movements
are set for mixed choir and keyboard with
instrumental parts for
soprano saxophone, cello, oboe/English
Horn, guitar, bass, organ and percussion,
enabling Missa Gaia to be
performed in both liturgical settings and concert halls.
(octavos available) follows the traditional structure of the Mass
and comprises an opening canticle, Canticle of Brother Sun, Kyrie
(with Alaskan tundra wolf), Beatitudes (from the Gospel of St.
Matthew), Sanctus and Benedictus (with humpback whale), Agnus Dei
(with harp seals),
The Blue Green Hills of Earth, and closing canticle, a reprise of
Canticle of Brother Sun. Other choral works by Paul Halley such as Ubi Caritas, Adoro Te
Devote, Sound Over All Waters,
Laudate Dominum, and Freedom Trilogy, as well as instrumental and
improvisational interludes, are frequently included in both worship
services and public performances of Missa Gaia.
Brian Law, Christchurch Choral Society, with Paul Halley, Nick
Halley, and Theresa Thomason and Maori Dancers, Christchurch, New Zealand
Missa Gaia, whose name derives from the
ancient Greek word 'Gaia' meaning ‘earth’, was commissioned
by the The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, Dean of the Cathedral
of St. John The Divine in New York City as a contemporary,
ecumenical Mass. Composed in 1980 primarily by Paul Winter, Jim
Scott, and Paul Halley, who was then Organist and Choirmaster at the
Cathedral as well as principal keyboardist with The Paul Winter
Consort, Missa Gaia developed as a musical, liturgical celebration
of the earth and the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast
day is celebrated each year at the Cathedral on the first Sunday of
October. Each year, some 5,000 people and their household pets of
all sizes and descriptions fill the Cathedral’s huge gothic-style
nave and join with The Paul Winter Consort, The Forces of Nature
Dance Ensemble, visiting choirs numbering several hundred singers,
the Cathedral clergy, world religious leaders, and celebrated
environmentalists, in this dramatic and joyous service of worship.
In one of the high points of the morning’s celebration, voices hush
as an elephant, camel, llama, and eagle, in the company of their
handlers, enter through the huge west doors of the Cathedral and
process down the center aisle. As the music and service resume, the
recorded voices of wolf, whale and loon mingle with choirs and
Consort in this joyous, rhythmic, contemporary
Mass to celebrate the earth.
Angel On A Stone Wall
A concert featuring work
Paul Halley's landmark recording
Paul Halley, Nick Halley,
and Keramion Band
“Paul Halley is an immensely creative musician who gathers
inspiration from wherever the wind blows. ‘Angel On A Stone Wall’ is
both beautiful and inspiring, enlightening and free.” - Sound Waves
and Paul Halley
A live concert performance of instrumental compositions
featured on the recording
Angel On A Stone
by acclaimed keyboardist and Grammy-winner Paul Halley,
accompanied by the best new young talent from the New York jazz and classical
scenes. With compositions ranging from intimate solo piano pieces to dynamic
ensemble works of world music, Paul Halley explores the extraordinary range of
his composing, arranging and keyboard skills, drawing on his roots in jazz,
Gregorian chant, Jamaican dance, classical music, and popular song to create
music that is vital and timeless.
A concert featuring an unusual trio
piano, pipe organ, & harpsichord
has probably never been a trio like the one-man keyboard orchestra
Paul Halley has created for "Triptych". Playing music that is at
and intricately contrapuntal, he deploys the instruments
with a symphonic sense of coloration.” - Billboard
Renee Louprette, Andrew Henderson,
Halley - the original Triptych Trio
An unusual and
exciting concert performance featuring the unique trio
of piano, pipe organ, and harpsichord.
repertoire, created by composer Paul Halley
for his recent keyboard CD of the same name,
comprises music in a range of style from classical to jazz, folk
to broad 'symphonic' works, and gorgeous improvisations.
The intricate weaving of the three keyboard parts is accomplished
in “live” performance by this inventive trio of acclaimed and