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Founder and Artistic Director

Kid Pan Alley
Kid Pan Alley Officekid Pan Alley PO Box 38
Washington , Virginia 22747
United States

 
Background

Employment History

  • Band Leader
    Paul Reisler
  • Master Songwriting Teacher and Founder
    Trapezoid
  • Band Leader
    Trapezoid
  • Composer, Songwriter
    Trapezoid

Board Memberships and Affiliations

187 Total References
Web References
Instructors < Song School
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Antje Duvekot | Mary Gauthier | Vance Gilbert | Bonnie Hayes | Peter Himmelman | Pat Pattison | Paul Reisler | Steve Seskin
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Paul Reisler
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Paul Reisler "If I were Free" is a manifesto for living the musical, the creative life. It's a 30-year journey for Paul Reisler as he explores the musical life-a life where you respond to what's going on around you in music. Through his own music as performer, writer and recording artist and through his songwriting teaching for adults and children, he inspires others to explore that creative landscape. He's created a direct and emotional music that cuts across borders-combining folk roots, world music eclecticism, classical precision, and new age mysticism [more...] with the vitality of contemporary music. As the Washington Post says, his music "climbs up the Blue Ridge and down to the bayou and back up to the Himalayas. Goose bumps are a risk."
He's got a voracious musical appetite. Known for his many years as founder and leader of Trapezoid for over 25 years, he's recently embarked on several new musical adventures: His new band Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy and Angela Kaset with their new album At Night the Roses Tango , his Kid Pan Alley children's songwriting project, and his duo with Amy Speace. He also continues perform with the inter-disciplinary Ki Theatre and compose for film, theatre and orchestra.
He's passionate about inspiring other people to live the musical life. He's one of the most popular songwriting teachers in the country and he's also the founder and artistic director of Kid Pan Alley, a project in which he has now written over 800 songs with over 18,000 children nationally. Their recent CD, Kid Pan Alley Nashville, features many of that city's best-known artists recording the songs written with the children. That album received a Grammy nomination and won both Parents' Choice and NAPPA Gold Awards. He has taught songwriting to adults at workshops and songwriting schools throughout the country including the Rocky Mountain Song School, Utah Song School, Swannanoa Gathering, Blue Ridge Songcamp, Augusta Workshop, Hollyhock, Kerrville, NSAI, Songcamp in the Mountains and many others. [less...]
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"Don't Laugh at Me" was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became the impetus for the Operation Respect/Don't Laugh at Me project, a curriculum designed to teach tolerance in schools.
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Ysaye Barnwell, Mary Gauthier, Vance Gilbert, Bonnie Hayes, Lynn Miles, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Steve Seskin, "Chicago Mike" Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Terri Delaney, Val Denn, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Robby Hecht, Jagoda, Arthur Lee Land, Mike Meadows, Clare McLeod, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Sarah Sample, The Sea, The Sea, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace, Judith Wade, Tom Wasinger, Kai Welch, Annie Wenz
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Mary Gauthier, Peter Himmelman, Holly Near, Pat Pattison, Gretchen Peters, Paul Reisler, Darrell Scott, Steve Seskin, Richard Shindell, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Don Conoscenti, Terri Delaney, Ingrid Elizabeth, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Girlyman, Jagoda, JJ Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Danielle Morales, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhán Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Maggie Simpson, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace, Mary Vyn, Judith Wade, Tom Wasinger, Annie Wenz
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Ysaye Barnwell, Mary Gauthier, Vance Gilbert, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion, Anais Mitchell, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Steve Seskin, Livingston Taylor, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Tim Burlingame, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Girlyman, Bob Hemenger, Jagoda, JJ Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Bill Nash, Siobhán Quinn, Etan Rosenbloom, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Sarah Sample, Kathrin Shorr, David Slater, Amy Speace, Mary Vyn, Judith Wade, Annie Wenz
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Jonatha Brooke, Sheila Carabine, Vance Gilbert, Pat Pattison, Paul Reisler, Darrell Scott, Steve Seskin, Amanda Walther, David Wilcox, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Joe Craven, Ellis, Girlyman, Bob Hemenger, Jagoda, JJ Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, David Slater, Amy Speace, Mary Vyn, Judith Wade
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Mary Gauthier, Peter Himmelman, Karin Bergquist, Linford Detweiler, Pat Pattison, Steve Seskin, Vance Gilbert, Paul Reisler, Carmen Allgood, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Tim Burlingame, Chuck E. Costa, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Thomas Golubic, Jagoda, Jennifer "JJ" Jones, Diana Korpi, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Ryan Mintz, Kathy Moser, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Kathrin Shorr, Maggie Simpson, Christopher Smith, Amy Speace, Annie Wenz
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Josh Ritter, Melissa Ferrick, Pat Pattison, Susan Werner, Steve Seskin, Vance Gilbert, Paul Reisler, Carmen Allgood, "Chicago" Mike Beck, Michael Bowers, Ron Browning, Tim Burlingame, Ellis, Rebecca Folsom, Jagoda, Jennifer JJ Jones, Arthur Lee Land, Terri Mazurek, Bill Nash, Brendan Okrent, Julie Portman, Siobhan Quinn, Justin Roth, Alan Rowoth, Kathrin Shorr, Moira Smiley, Amy Speace, and Annie Wenz.
Board of Directors - Kid Pan Alley
www.kidpanalley.org, 19 Sept 2014 [cached]
Paul Reisler, Strategic Planning Committee, Fundraising Committee, Finance Committee - Composer, songwriter, performer, and founder and Artistic Director, Kid Pan Alley - Washington, VA
First Night Virginia 2014 | All Events
www.firstnightva.org, 9 Nov 2013 [cached]
Paul Reisler & Heather Mae Foard
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Paul Reisler, the founder of Trapezoid, Kid Pan Alley, and Paul Reisler A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy will be joined by vocalist Heather Mae for a concert of his original songs and instrumentals.
Kid Pan Alley - Inspiring Kids to Create Their Own Music - About
www.kidpanalley.org, 2 Dec 2012 [cached]
Paul Reisler, songwriter, composer, master songwriting teacher and founder of Trapezoid, learned this during an elementary school songwriting residency project in rural Rappahannock County, VA. There, he co-wrote over 50 songs with all 600 children in the county. The songs were funny, touching, goofy, gross-and completely enchanting. They turned out to be so good that Reisler asked a number of the county's professional musicians-many of them nationally and internationally known-to record one song each in their own style.
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Paul Reisler and Terri Allard wrote songs with children during 8 week-long residencies at 8 schools in Charlottesville.
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One day, Paul Reisler brought a Kid Pan Alley workshop to her class. The resulting song, "Whispering in Spanish" combined English verses with a Spanish chorus to create a magical love song joining child-like imagination with the craft of a songwriter who has written over 3000 songs. Not only did Cecila have a lot of great ideas for the song but she also translated for the other kids as they worked back and forth in English and Spanish. A week later, Paul came back with some musicians from the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and they arranged the song.
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HOW IT WORKS http://bit.ly/aYcZeQ: Songs are generally written in one or two class periods with the students working in a group process developed by Paul Reisler.
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Paul Reisler - Founder and Artistic Director
PAUL REISLER is the founder and Artistic Director of Kid Pan Alley. He has been performing for over 35 years and he started writing songs when he was 5 years old. As the founder and leader of Trapezoid, he performed close to 3,000 concerts worldwide. He has been involved in over 35 recording projects in various roles as a musician, engineer, producer and composer with artists such as Beth Nielsen Chapman, John McCutcheon, Holly Near and many others.
His new band, Paul Reisler and a Thousand Questions featuring Angela Kaset and Howard Levy has just released a new album, At Night the Roses Tango.
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Paul also writes for theatre, film and TV. Currently, he is completing work on a full-length piece for orchestra and narrator based on Aesop's Fables with libretto by Tom Paxton.
He's one of the most popular songwriting teachers in the country and has taught workshops and songwriting schools throughout the country including Rocky Mountain Song School, Utah Song School, New Song Academy, Swannanoa Gathering, Augusta Workshop, Hollyhock, Kerrville, NSAI, Songcamp in the Mountains and many others. He is the host of the 6-Day Intensive Songcamp in Charlottesville, VA.
So you're probably wondering how Paul let Kid Pan Alley take over his life. Well, here's his story:
Focus Concert Schedule
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Paul Reisler* (formerly of Trapezoid) and Paddy Dougherty
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2-5 p.m. that same day, Paul will lead a melody writing workshop at the concert venue in Alexandria.
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Paul Reisler and Paddy Dougherty
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Paul Reisler is a composer and songwriter as well as the co-founder and artistic director of Trapezoid.He is also the founder and director of the Kid Pan Alley children's songwriting project.Since 1975, he has toured throughout North America and Asia, performing in over 3000 concerts
2-5 p.m. that same day, Paul will lead a melody writing workshop in the same space.
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