“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

“…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


Paul discussing The Barber of Seville with his student conductor/accompanists Tae Sakamoto and Cris Frisco

“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

Some upcoming events/concerts featuring Salerni’s music in case you’re in these particular areas:

Sunday, January 8: Ekphrastic Songs and Something Permanent performed by the Bowers/Fader duo. 3 p.m. Scholes Street Studio – 375 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Admission: $15

Friday, February 3:  “Speaking of Love” Concert and CD Release. Salerni’s music from past, present, and future recordings. Sponsored by Albany Records. 8 p.m. Tenri Cultural Institute. NYC. Reserve tickets in advance (paul.salerni@gmail.com).

Saturday, March 4:  Premiere of Daliance for Ian Rosenbaum (percussion) and the Dalí Quartet. Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Sunday, March 5:  Premiere of Sinfonietta Italiana by the East Winds. 3 p.m. Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA







East Winds Paul with his StudentsEast Winds Concert on March 6 featured premieres of commissioned pieces by Paul and three of his former students–Tae Sakamoto, Heather Gilligan, and Mike D’Ambrosio




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




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