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"The kind of family artist that has great passion for the art he creates along with the talent that appeals to grown-ups and children alike."
--Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
A note from Paul:
I consider myself a hybrid musician/actor/accidental comedian/writer and all around lover of words, rhythm, improvisation, and the flow of everything creative.
My site will soon be re-designed to reflect the various facets of my creativity:
-- music/performances/workshops for children of all ages
--bluegrass/Americana roots music
--interactive improv (theatrical and musical) for adults
--acting on stage and screen
I believe in fully and joyously exploring all aspects of our creative selves -- and that the personal, spiritual and creative growth from this exploration is limitless. It's hard to keep up with sometimes, but worth the work and focus to do so.
What perhaps makes me a bit different as a performer is that I can make up songs on the spot for children and adults. I find that adults especially enjoy this -- as I riff, right in the moment, about what is happening. People join in, vocalize, move, groove, and have great fun. Heck, I've even taken out the guitar in stores, car dealerships, trains etc, and just sung about what's going on. People love when "the song" is about them and what is happening right there in the moment. I have always thought this would make a great reality show -- we'll see about putting that in the works!
If you would like to hear some of my Americana/roots music, here is a bluegrass tune I arranged for my next recording. Eammon O'Rourke from Kathy Mattea's band is on fiddle and Josh Shilling from Mountain Heart is on hammond organ. Much more to come!
All the best and keep creating!"
The newly designed Bears, Bees & Butterflies CD is here! With an illustration (an actual painting!) by Tim Bowers, the multi-award-winning recording -- Parents' Choice, iParenting Media, Independent Music Awards, Children's Music Web, International Songwriting Contest, Unisong Contest -- is ready for you!
Excerpts from a recent school performance showing the energetic and interactive nature of Paul's shows -- positive, upbeat messages and lots of motion!
Here is a music for children showcase I did for libraries. A good representation of my show/workshops for children.
Here's a video of Paul playing his original blues/roots song, Just Like a Cat, backed by Hank Stone on harmonica. Not a huge crowd, but a lively performance!
Whatever the scenario, Paul's performances and workshops combine a spontaneous sense of humor, personal warmth, and engaging simplicity that draws from a rich well of diverse talents.
Have a listen to the sound clips of Paul’s original songs, browse the site, and call 1-888-467-7687 (IMPROVS) or e-mail info AT paulhelou DOT com or -- phelou AT aol DOT com for more information. Enjoy! Check out Paul on myspace! Myspace