Paul Pacanowski was born in
Poland and studied music performance, as well as theory and composition, with
J. Wyzuty at the
Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He is
trained in tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute.
He now resides in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Paul is the recipient of grants from New Music Courses in Darmstadt, the
Kosciuszko Foundation, and
Indiana University School of Music.
With interests in both classical and jazz music, he has appeared in
numerous festivals including Warsaw Autumn Festival, the
Guelph Jazz Festival, the duMaurier Jazz
Festivals in Toronto
Bix Beiderbecke Festival
in Iowa. He has also performed with the Polish Chamber Orchestra,
Gruppo Bandistico Giuseppe Verdi,
the Rainbow Gardens Jazz Orchestra,
the Brampton and
North York Symphonies,
The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, and his own rsp jazz quartet.
As a composer, Paul has provided
music for Last Dance, a pantomime theatre production premiered in
London in 1989; a piece for jazz quartet and symphony in 1990; and Three
Sketches for Solo Saxophone and Orchestra in 1994.
Probably the greatest feather in his
jazz cap so far, though, is the rsp quartet's invitation to
play the 1996
Montreux Jazz Festival, on the strength of his
rsp jazz quartet CD released the
[I admit it: this bio info was lifted wholesale from Paul's bio
info at the
Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band site, supplemented with sutff from his
CD liner notes -- I just gathered them into one place here, that's all...]