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San Francisco Classical Voice

The sound world of the group got wider with Alkioni, a composition by group member Paul Psarras, based on a Greek myth about a man and his wife punished by the gods for imagining they were happier and more in love than Zeus and Hera. The sun-drenched idyll of ancient Greece as well as the subsequent dramatic events were effectively captured by the modal writing and by Psarras’ highly effective performance on the oud, an instrument often used in traditional Greek music.

San Francisco Classical Voice

There are also wonderful timbral contrasts in the orchestra — passages where the music passed from...to Paul Psarras’ guitar were especially delicious.

Benicia Herald

Psarras demonstrated a unique and highly sensitive style from the start, creating a sound that begged not to be disturbed...revealing great technical expertise and a sensitive and expressive touch.

Fanfare

El Mundo as an ensemble is crisp and clean in performance, with tempos that keep the music alive and rhythmically active. I especially like the guitar playing of Paul Psarras.

"Paul Psarras is a wonderfully gifted and versatile musician, with an old soul that speaks through his playing. I have heard him professionally play classical, steel, baroque and bass guitars, theorbo and oud, and he is one of the most astute ensemble players I know who plucks instruments. He also wrote a beautiful piece, Alkioni, which our Pacific Guitar Ensemble has toured. I look forward to Paul's next musical ventures."

 

"Paul Psarras is a versatile musician and multi-instrumentalist with a strong knowledge of various musical styles. Besides being a great
classical guitarist he also plays ancient instruments as well as the oud and the bouzouki always with great imagination."

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