1. So why New Age music? Doesn’t everyone want to be a rock star?
Well, I wanted to be a rock star when I was 15, but astronaut, Don Juan, and supreme ruler and overlord of the universe were also on this practically minded short list. New Age music makes me feel better, more relaxed and centered, happy and joyful in a constant way.
2. Your 2002 album “Balancing Spheres” dealt in night illusions and day dreams, your 2005 album “Phos Hilaron” incorporated chanted hymns with ambient New Age soundscapes, and your most recent album, 2006’s “Gnosis” was heavily influenced by Greece. How did you get to all of those very different places with your music?
I love to travel to exotic worlds in my music and my life, creating soundtracks for private and mysterious movies in my mind and heart – It’s important for me to explore new ground and take chances – My Two ’07 albums coming in July and September are also worlds I have never explored before – OM chanting and the deep heart of the Middle East.
3. I love the track “Know Thy Self” from your album “Gnosis.” Is that your voice on it?
My favorite track on GNOSIS! The lead voice is a Greek Orthodox Cantor, Antonios Paravalos. I am singing in the Greek 🙂 choir along with Christine Yandell.
4. I’m going to ask you a question guaranteed to triple the number of hits the Round Sky website gets. Is that you nude in the slide show to promote the album “Gnosis”? (Ladies, click here.)
Yes. And even better, this was taken on the beach near my house on a Greek Island and I am single 🙂
If you liked that, then please enjoy this photo from my album, Muse of the Round Sky.
5. What is the significance of the title “Phos Hilaron”?
Phos Hilaron is one of the oldest known Christian Hymns dating back to the Second Century. Sung by the Christians in the catacombs of Rome, it means Hilarious or Gladdening Light -The pure light of God which fills us with Bliss and Joy.
6. What is in your CD player right now?
Jim Cole, Harmonic Singer extraordinaire, Rachmoninov Vespers & Piano Concertos, Tomita Snowflakes are Dancing (electronic Debussy)
7. What do you feel is the biggest misconception, if there is any, about New Age artists?
New Age has a bit of a bad rap for being just sleepy hippy music, but there are some great albums and serious artists if you take the time to sift through the rubbish.
8. Yanni or Zamfir?
I actually like some of Yanni’s work, like the romantic collections.
9. The Round Sky website says, “These Ambient New Age albums are perfect for the Holistic Arts of Massage, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, Pilates and Healing of all kinds and more…” Is there one of those things, or something else that you feel your music is better suited for?
VERY Loooooooonnnnnnngggggggggg Tantric Sex sessions . . .
10. Parting shot! Ask us here at The Magical Buffet any one question?
If you could have only one dish at the buffet, which would it be?
Mash potatoes and gravy. No question.
About the Artist
When Paul Avgerinos graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1980, as a full scholarship honors student, he had already performed as a bassist with Isaac Stern, Jean Pierre Rampal, The Beaux Arts Trio, Baryshnikov and many other great classical artists. He also has won scholarships to play and study at music festivals in Tanglewood, Aspen, Grand Teton, Taos, and Spoleto (Italy). After graduation, Paul served as principal bass of several major symphony orchestras around the world, and gave solo recitals as well.
Expanding into more popular genres, Avgerinos toured as a bassist with Charles Aznavour, Liza Minelli, and the jazz legend Buddy Rich. Seeking to further his original composition and develop his childhood passion for electronic music, Paul built Studio Unicorn, a comprehensive digital/analog recording studio, in 1984. Eight solo CDs in the New Age genre followed, including Muse of the Round Sky on the Hearts of Space label. Muse was nominated for a Grammy and is played on more than 2,000 radio stations around the world in addition to syndicated shows such as Music from the Hearts of Space and John Diliberto’s Echoes. Two thirty minute features with the latter are added to his credits along with his many other radio interviews. Paul’s music is currently being played on Sirius & XM Satellite radio as well as Music Choice Cable . He has appeared on fourteen sampler CDs and as a guest artist on albums by Joanie Madden, Faruk Tekbilek, Joaquin Lievano, Brian Keane and others. Paul records and produces many popular albums as well and has worked with artists as diverse as Jewel, Richie Havens, Run DMC, and the Celtic Tenors . Avgerinos always makes time for scoring and has worked on over fifty film, TV, and cable projects for HBO, PBS, and Lifetime, among others. Paul’s work on Peter Kater’s Red Moon earned A 2004 Grammy Nomination. Paul’s new album GNOSIS placed #1 on the New Age & World Radio Chart ! Keeping busy creating original music for a variety of interesting and rewarding projects is a way of life.
Currently, he lives and works in Redding, Connecticut, where the deer pass by his studio windows and the hawks and eagles give inspiration from above.
To learn more about Paul go to www.roundskymusic.com or www.studiounicorn.net