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 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

Paul Safar and Nancy Wood

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 11th Winter Piano Recital for Students of Paul Safar

3:00pm at the Unity of the Valley Church (Hilyard and Dillard Lane), Eugene.

Special treat will feature Lisa McWhorter, violin and Eric Alterman, cello.


Saturday, February 17th Cascadia & Friends Concert

7:30pm at Lincoln Hall, PSU, Portland.

Tom Bergeron and Paul play Paul's saxophone and piano piece "Soaring."

March 1st-10th 

"Nisse's Dream"

Musical written by Nancy Wood and Paul Safar.

Performed by the students of Roosevelt Middle School.

April 14th and 15th

Nancy and Paul perform songs as part of an evening of the Agnieszka Laska Dancers.

Polish Hall, Portland.


Saturday, April 21st 

Man of Words Event

At Sprout!, Springfiled.

Delgani String Quartet will include a new collaboration with Paul Safar and Rickie Birran of "The Tell Tale Heart."

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.

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 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

Rhapsodie – Advanced

Intermezzo “Geese in the Moonlight”- Early advanced atmospheric work

Fly On (Variations on a theme by Hendrix) - Advanced

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

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