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"Paul is one of the most unique jazz guitarists who is quickly emerging in NYC. A subtle player possessing a distinctive lyricism and an embraceable artfulness, Paul demonstrates the ability to tell stories and paint pictures through notes and rhythms. His pristine and crystalline sound will whisper to your ears, transcending beyond the universe into the infinite world of his imagination."
Paul is a guitarist, composer, an educator based in New York City. Born in South Korea in 1993, Paul moved to Houston, TX and began studying the guitar at the age of 12. At age 14, he began to perform around Houston and other parts of Texas with the Blue Lion Jazz Band and Sound Of The South Dance Orchestra. He was selected to perform at the TMEA All-Region and All-State Jazz Band at age 18.
In 2011, Paul moved to New York City and studied with some of the most renowned musicians in the world including Adam Rogers, Ari Hoenig, Will Vinson, Mike Moreno. Additionally, he has recorded and shared the stage with some of the most world renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Alan Ferber, Mark Ferber, Alex Sipiagin, Randy Brecker, Danny Mixon, Diane Moser, Dave Glasser, and more.
He attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he completed his BFA in Jazz Performance in 2015 and finished his Master of Music degree at New York University in 2018.
In 2017, Paul was selected as a semi finalist for Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition and actively performed at numerous venues in NYC and festivals such as Blue Note, Bar Next Door, Minton's Playhouse, Cornelia Street Cafe, Nublu, Montreux Jazz Festival, and etc.
In 2020, Paul returned to South Korea for his duty to serve in Republic of Korea Army where he played trumpet and guitar at 51st Infantry Division Military band. Currently he is discharged and back to performing and working on releasing his album as well as returning to NYC while actively performing and recording around Seoul, South Korea.