“But overall, it is not the craft of composition that stays with the listener, but what I would call the art—the emotional and spiritual content of these genuinely lovely pieces. It is, as Salerni promised, music that sings and dances.” -Henry Fogel, review of “Touched” CD in Fanfare
“His music ‘pulsated with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color.'” -Philadelphia Inquirer
“More impressive was Mr. Salerni’s ‘Bad Pets,’ three playful cabaret songs based on Mr. Gioia’s sly ‘Alley Cat Love Song,’ Mark Doty’s frisky “Golden Retrievals” and Robert Frost’s placid ‘Cow in Apple-Time.’ – The New York Times
“My passion to write music arises out of a most basic human desire to touch other human beings. I compose because it gives me such pleasure to enable others to laugh, to dance, to feel tender, to be entertained. If music doesn’t communicate to an audience, why write it?”
Paul Salerni named as Composer in Residence for the Dali International Music Festival, July 29 – August 7.
Some upcoming events/concerts featuring Salerni’s music in case you’re in these particular areas:
Thursday, July 14: Performance of Alley Cat Love Song (and maybe more) by Jessica Bowers and Oren Fader. 7 p.m. Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens, NY.
Thursday, August 4: Performance of Quartet 1.5 by the three fellowship quartets at the Dali International Festival. North Penn U.C.C. North Wales, PA.
Sunday, August 7: Performances of Hugging the Shore, Le Grand Tango (Piazzolla), and Suzuki Jamboree. Dali International Festival orchestras. 4 p.m. Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, PA
Saturday, August 13: Performance of U-Turn by East Winds quintet. 2:30 p.m. National Flute Convention, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA.
Please check out YouTube videos of the four songs from “For Love or Money” (poems by Dana Gioia):
Please read Fanfare review of Touched-Henry Fogel
Click here to see ‘Bad Pets’ from Jan Opalach’s Faculty Recital at the Eastman School of Music