Welcome to Paul's Website

Paul Safar Black ShirtPaul Safar is a LIVING composer of “Art Music” - active listening, concert or theatre based music. His original compositions continue the western classical music tradition as well as incorporate his love of jazz, pop and rock styles. Paul tries to push his creative abilities in each new project while maintaining accessibility for an audience. The majority of his output has been piano, chamber, vocal and theatrical pieces. Paul welcomes commissions and collaboration.

Paul Safar and Nancy WoodAs a performer, Paul works as a solo pianist as well as a frequent accompanist of soprano Nancy Wood. Nancy and Paul have been presenting premiere pieces of contemporary composers through Cherry Blossom Musical Arts' “Art Music Live in the 21st Century” series. This duo is available for hire fortheir eclectic mix of art songs from around the world. In a slightly different vein, Paul and Nancy lead a fun, grooving group called “The Love Truffle” (piano, bass, drums, sax with vocals by Paul and Nancy) which plays jazz infused world music and reinvented Beatles songs. Keep an ear out for them at Eugene's Saturday Market and outdoor summer concerts.

As a teacher, Paul enjoys a busy piano teaching studio working with ages 7-75. The students present recitals open to the public twice a year.

Call 541-868-5725 for more info.

Paul Safar and Nancy Wood

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 10th

Winter Piano Recital for students of Paul Safar.

3pm Unity of the Valley Church, Eugene, OR.

Wednesday, April 17th

Compositions from Cascadia Composers including premiere of "Elegy" for flute and piano.

Temple Baptist Church, Portland, OR. 

Saturday, April 20th

Cascadia Composers presents "All Wired Up", Premiere of "Retroquarto" for rock band.

4-8 pm The Old Church, Portland, OR.


Stay tuned for a special 50th birthday year concert split between Ted Clifford and Paul Safar entitled "50/50"  this September both in Eugene and Portland!

2018-19 is the 10th year anniversary of Cascadia Composers! We have an exciting year of concerts planned in the Portland area. More info at: cascadiacomposers.org


Examples of Paul's Work


Incantion - Commissioned by Polish Festival of Portland, Oregon for its celebration of the Centenary of modern Poland’s Independence. 


Paul was commissioned to compose original music for Richard Leebrick's book "Live on Wings of Love-A Journey to PeggySioux"

For sound samples and ordering information for the book and audioscape go to:


"Soaring-fantasia for tenor saxophone and piano"

Nathanael Petersen-Blankenship, tenor saxophone
Paul Safar, piano
(c) 2016 Paul V. Safar


"Song For a More Just World" - Listen here


On very rare occasion in my life (probably just three times) I, as a composer, have sat down and had a short piece of music come out almost completely in one swoop. It's as if the emotion of the moment gives something almost fully formed. I experienced a glimpse of this on election night last November. Once it was certain what the results really were, I knew I needed to either go outside for a long walk or sit down at the piano. I chose to do the latter and this is what came out:  "11-8-16 (just shy of midnight)". I mostly felt deep sadness that night. I still feel that sometimes now for sure but also sense a hope that things are unfolding as they should into an ultimately positive direction. Listen here: 11-8-16 (just shy of midnight)


To purchase "The Warbler Sings" locally in Eugene, stop by Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405. Or buy online at cdbaby.com & northpacificmusic.com.



To purchase sheetmusic of some of Paul’s piano compositions please send $10 (includes shipping) made payable to Paul Safar at 1885 Friendly Street, Eugene, OR. 97402. Please put your address on the check.

Click Links below to listen:


Blue Note Suite

Five short beginner pieces

Explores jazz and blues elements


Summer Suite

Early intermediate programmatic suite


Montag in Wien

Intermediate. Pop-jazz flavor


Inflight Movie

Piano four hands with small improv sections

Upper intermediate




Intermezzo “Geese in the Moonlight”

Early advanced atmospheric work


Fly On (Variations on a theme by Hendrix)



Stella’s Waltz

Early advanced 


Links to text of Paul's compositions can be found below:

The Warbler Sings



For more info please visit www.cblossom.org and read Paul's Blog

Copyright © 2018 Paul Safar