PAUL WALLFISCH

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PAUL WALLFISCH entered New York's East-Village demimonde as an eighteen-year-old keyboardist in the pioneering gay comic Frank Maya's New Wave band. Since then he's also lived in Europe and Los Angeles, where he founded Botanica with Abby Travis and Ivan Knight. Apart from eight albums with Botanica, Paul has contributed to dozens of albums and  toured North America, Europe and Asia  performing with Firewater, Love & Rockets, Congo Norvell, Angela McCluskey, Syl Sylvain, Stiv Bators, Anne Pigalle, Johnny Haliday and many more. He is the long-standing writing and performing partner of underground tortured soul legend Little Annie, producing their latest album together Genderful. (Southern Records 2010). 

Paul's music can be heard on countless American TV shows and several feature films, including "Dummy" starring Adrian Brody and Milla Jovovich, which he scored and also appears in. Paul's first job in the theater was music director and photographer for an adaptation of Kafka parables at the Theatre du Rond Point in Paris, while concurrently playing 6 sets of rock 'n roll a night at a Pigalle strip-club. He is currently Music Director at the Stadt Theater Dortmund, Germany. Paul's acclaimed "mighty minimal" music series Small Beast had a four year New York run as a weekly institution at The Delancey and currently plays monthly to sold-out rooms in Dortmund and at the Kampnagel in Hamburg. Republik Der Woelfe, a multi-media theater piece based on Ann Sexton's adaptations of Grimm's Fairy Tales will premiere in Dortmund, February  2014, with the score performed live by The Ministry of Wolves: Paul, Alexander Hacke, Danielle DePicciotto and Mick Harvey.

 

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PAUL WALLFISCH's music can be heard on countless American TV shows and several feature films, including Dummy starring Adrian Brody and Milla Jovovich, which he scored and also appears in. Amorous, directed by Joanna Coates,  won  "Best British Feature" at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival and was  released in the U.S. in 2015. Joining Swans in 2016, Paul toured with the band for two years, appearing on the 2017 album Deliquescence and recently recording piano for the upcoming 2019 release.

Entering New York's East-Village demimonde as an eighteen-year-old keyboardist in the pioneering gay comic Frank Maya's New Wave band, Paul has also lived in Europe and Los Angeles, (where he started Botanica), “…acquiring decades of world weary insights to fill his exquisitely crafted rock songs and Tom Waits-tinged ballads." * Apart from eight albums with Botanica, Paul has contributed to dozens of albums and toured North America, Europe and Asia performing and/or recording with FirewaterLove & RocketsCongo NorvellAngela McCluskeySyl SylvainStiv BatorsAnne PigalleJohnny Haliday, Marissa Nadler, Rose McGowan, Joey Arias and many more. He is the long-standing writing and performing partner of underground tortured soul legend Little Annie, producing their new album together, Enchantment Or Bust. Paul's first job in the theater was music director and photographer for an adaptation of Kafka parables at the Theatre du Rond Point in Paris, while concurrently playing six sets of rock 'n roll a night at a Pigalle strip-club. Paul's acclaimed "mighty minimal" music series Small Beast, following a 4 year run at The Delancey in New York, played to sold-out rooms in Dortmund and at the Kampnagel in Hamburg.  

Increasingly active as a theater composer, Paul was Music Director at the Stadttheater Dortmund, Germany from 2010-2015. Republic of Wolves, a musical theater spectacle co-created by Paul and based on Ann Sexton's adaptations of Grimm's Fairy Tales  premiered in 2014, with the score performed live by The Ministry of Wolves: Paul, Alexander Hacke, Mick Harvey and Danielle DePicciotto. (Album available on Mute Records). Tom Lanoye's Queen Lear, with Paul's score, opened in Sept. 2016 at Schauspiel Frankfurt.  Since then Paul has worked with acclaimed director Kay Voges on large scale multi-media productions at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg and Volksbuehne, Berlin. Paul, together with multi-instrumentalists Toby Dammit and Simon Goff, will be performing their live score to Dies Irae: An Endtimes Opera, which opens at the Burgtheater, Vienna on December 19, 2019.

* The New Yorker