The performance began with Paul playing the guitar to award-winning writer, broadcaster, and cultural entrepreneur Jowi Taylor, and his Six String Nation storytelling. The guitar, nicknamed Voyageur, is built from over sixty pieces of Canadian history, represents all regions and cultures of Canada and has been played by many well-known Canadians from coast to coast.
“I was truly honored to play the one and only ‘Voyageur’ guitar, representing all of the cultures of Canada,” said Paul, who is originally from Bronx, New York. “After being a Canadian citizen for 12 years, this was my proudest moment as a Canadian.”
Performing with other Selkirk music talents
Paul, who is one of Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music and Technology Program co-founders and designers, also played the night away with Trio Voyage, an acoustic group of master musicians including Selkirk faculty Don Macdonald and Laura Landsberg. The Trio also included renowned musicians Doug Stephenson and Allison Girvan.
For anyone who missed the storytelling performance, Paul and the Trio Voyage will be playing shows in the West Kootenays starting in April, 2014. He’ll also be playing with violinist Don Macdonald every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Library Lounge in The Hume Hotel, and with Laura Landsberg on October 23rd.
From left to right: Laura Landsberg, Don Macdonald, Paul Landsberg with the guitar, Allison Girvan and Doug Stephenson.
Teaching at Selkirk is a dream job
“Teaching at Selkirk College is my dream job,” says Paul. “Getting to share my musical experience with up-and-coming musicians is a privilege and a joy. My current Jazz Ensemble with my students is busy rehearsing and will soon be playing out in our community.”
Paul, who has taught for over 30 years and performed globally says, “playing, writing, and sharing music has got to be the best job in the world.”
Building on strategic directions
Participating in music events throughout the community and providing students with unique musical opportunities builds on Selkirk's strategic directions to increase enrolments and to engage the wider community in learning and developing innovative programs and services.
For more information, please contact School of the Arts Program Coordinator, Darren Mahe.