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
• Nick Halley
• Keramion Singers
• Angel On A Stone Wall
• In The Wide Awe And
• Sound Over All Waters
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.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 when he is usually on his boat, sailing. Concert dates other than Saturday evenings are
preferred since Paul is Director of Music at All Saints Cathedral, 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 Keramion
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
these types of performances performances to balance the instruments
for optimal audience enjoyment.
Choral performances and/or worship services sung by Keramion Singers,
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
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:
that the Artist's recordings be available for sale
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:
Paul Halley In Recital
concert featuring classic repertoire, original compositions, and
"I have just received the festival recording. Mr. Hallley's
(performance) is just as chilling on the recording as it was in
person - absolutely electrifying from beginning to end." - 2017
- LM (organ
Paul Halley is a Grammy Award-winning composer
and keyboardist, known for his lyrical style, inventive
improvisations, and impeccable sense of rhythm, lending his organ
and keyboard recitals a level of excitement not often encountered in
other settings. An organ recital usually highlights works from the
Baroque, Romantic, and Modern eras as well as original compositions
from Paul Halley's keyboard recordings such as
Recitals and keyboard concerts usually comprise two
forty-five-minute halves with a fifteen-minute intermission.
Paul Halley's complete bio and more information...
Angel On A Stone Wall
An instrumental ensemble concert featuring work
Paul Halley's landmark recording
Paul Halley, Nick Halley,
and the 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