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About Paul Russell (that's me)

Hello! I moved to Bellingham in February 2017. On my very first night in town, my good friend Harper Stone called me to ask if I'd play a last minute gig at the Honey Moon along with him and a couple musicians whom I'd never met. Through a mix of shared repertoire and a lot of improvising, we played a great gig together that night and we all remain friends to this day. That same evening, I met a woman who felt so connected with what we were doing that she become my first music student in the Mandala!  

Since that night, I've become more and more involved in the creative community here in B'ham. Some highlights: Teaching harmony workshops for three years running at The Subdued Stringband Jamboree and The Bellingham Folk Festival. Leading a long running improvisational singing circle, Making Musical Mandalas. Taking up the mantle of music teacher at Cascades Montessori Middle School. Spearheading the ukulele course for BAAY's EduArts program in BPS.

I've been a musician for about 30 years. I love to sing, play piano, guitar, ukulele, and all manner of percussion instruments. I continue to perform now and again, but my main emphasis has shifted from performance for an audience to heart-centered participation with a group of fellow creatives. Group improvisation, especially vocal improv, is my favorite musical pastime. I've had wonderful formal and informal mentors in music, art, and meditation who helped inspire and shape my creative life and teaching style, and I consider teaching as an art in and of itself. I'm grateful to be doing this work of Nurturing Creative Being.     

If you'd like to hear, here is a link to my most recent recording, In Between Trees, a transatlantic collaboration with the great Belgian guitarist, singer and composer, Tom Theuns. My favorite songs on the record are Tom's mysterious Johnny Blackbone's Trail and my own story-song The Old Black Crow.

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