Sappho: Then and Now
23 February 2018
Sánchez was part of an interdisciplinary colloquium featuring Sappho scholars Diane Rayor and Tim Johnson, musicologist Michael J. Morey, and poet Emily Rosko. The event featured the world-premiere of composer Graham Lynch's new song cycle on Sappho texts, Sappho Fragments, as well as a performance of Sánchez' own ὁδοιπορία (the journey): six settings of poems by Sappho, for voice and piano.
"The premiere of my ‘Sappho Fragments’, given by Kayleen and Paul Sánchez, was one of the best first performances I’ve ever been fortunate enough to have. Not only was there a complete technical command of the music and fabulous attention to detail, but there was also a deep understanding of what I’d written. The result was that the music came alive in exactly the way I intended, and was full of colour, tonal shading, and vitality. A beautiful performance."
- Graham Lynch
Fanfare Magazine Reviews of Magus Insipiens
29 June 2017
Read full reviews of Paul Sánchez' most recent CD, featuring three of his own song cycles:
Sánchez Appointed to the Faculty of the College of Charleston
25 March 2016
Dr. Paul Sánchez has been appointed to the faculty of the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where he will serve as Director of Piano Studies and Artistic Director of the International Piano Series beginning in August, 2016.
World Premier of Mysteria Incarnationis
18 March 2016
Paul Sánchez and his wife Kayleen Sánchez performed the world premier of David M. Gordon's new song cycle, Mysteria Incarnationis, with violinist Eka Gogichashvili on March 18 at Baylor University.
The song cycle uses texts by fourth-century theologian Ephrem the Syrian, and is sung in the original Syriac. The work makes extensive use of quarter tones, and makes many demands on the soloists, who must also double on a variety of instruments, including toy piano, Thai button gongs, finger cymbals, harmonica, vibra-tone, autoharp, glass globe, and wine glass.
World Premier of
Free Translations of Li Chi'ing Chao
7 February 2016
Paul Sánchez and his wife Kayleen Sánchez performed the world premier of Sánchez' song cycle Free Translations of Li Chi'ing Chao: Three Musical Settings for Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano, with Dr. Jun Qian at Baylor University on February 7, 2016.