Paul Cantrell is a composer, pianist, and programmer. His music’s organic lyricism arises from a meticulously crafted internal logic, synthesizing diverse musical languages so that “they emerge from one another, as distinct voices from a single being” (Larry Yank), creating compositions of “full-blown modernist expressionist poetics” (Grego Applegate Edwards) that are “beautiful, intense, inspiring, magical” (Julie Johnson), “creative and fresh while being consummately idiomatic” (Gregory Oakes), and “profound and deeply moving” (Eric Mandat).
A passionate advocate of local new music, he is founder and artistic director of The New Ruckus, and co-founded the Keys Please concert series, now in its 14th year. His web site, innig.net, is one of the Internet’s most popular sources of Creative Commons piano recordings.
Paul grew up in Ft. Collins, CO, and studied music with Donald Betts and Carleton Macy at Macalester College, where he now teaches…yes, you guessed it: computer science. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter.