Paul Weiling

photography by Esther van der Linde




Alto- and soprano saxophonist Paul Weiling has been highly rewarded by the press for his “extraodinary, harmonically powerful supported lyricism” and for “letting his saxophone swing and jubilate with freedom and fantasy”. He is an adventurer and world traveller in music, combining Jazz improvisation and world music in various international crossover groups and projects. His performings and recordings so far include brilliant musicians from Spain and Greece, Cuba, Africa, India and the Middle East.

Within these eclectic projects new sounds develop by blending the musical styles of different cultures. Improvisation is the key to bringing it all together and to keep the music fresh and alive. Genuine compsitions and special arrangements based on the exploration of other cultures deliver the framework.

Over the years the Jazz educated improviser has mainly focused on Flamenco. With his group Compasión and the CD Salmuera (2009) he discovered an innovative and convincing way for merging these styles into a new idiom. Paul’s Tales of Tala is another Music: World Series supported project formed by five musicians from India, the Middle East and Europe, exploring the Indian language (tala) of rhythm and improvisation. Their CD Untold has been released in 2012. Together with percussionist and marimba player Leticia Bal he leads the Latin, world-jazz and flamenco duo Quartier Latin, exploring new possibilities of live-on-stage sequencing or “loops”.

Besides leading his own projects, Paul currently plays with the John Fillmore Quartet (CD Amento) and as a guest soloist with Trio Son Cubano (CD Donde qiera se ven).

Since 1995, Paul has been working at the Fontys Conservatory, Tilburg as a teacher for Jazz saxophone, ensemble and improvisation for classical trained musicians. Since 2006 he is also a mentor and study coach for a group of conservatory students.

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VISION: "Sound has been my main reason to pick up the saxophone. Improvisation is also most important to me. In every performance I strive for sharing the inspiration of creating the music with my audience."


"Paul Weiling lets his saxophone swing and jubilate with an amount of freedom and fantasy that can only make you happy".
Marlies Jansen / Mundo Flamenco (NL)

"…extraodinary, harmonically powerful supported lyricism."
Jan Rensen / Utrechts Nieuwsblad (NL)



photography: Inge van Dam

During hismusical carreer Paul has always been "walking on the wild side", seeking for adventure, new sounds and experiences. His first group as a leader, the Paul Weiling Trio was originally inspired by the great trio recordings of Sonny Rollins. For their 1997 CD (New Amsterdam Reflections) he invited slide-guitarist David Tronzo from the New York Knitting Factory "impro" scene.

The project Monk Moods of the Paul Weiling Quartet was an initiative dedicated to one of the most important composers of the 20th century: Thelonious Monk. The quartet debuted in October 2002 with a five night gig at the Amsterdam Pompoen Club and with a live recording by the Dutch VPRO radio.



photography: Harry van Kesteren

Paul’s first flamenco experience was playing with Niko Langenhuijsen’s group Caoutchouc, combining a Jazz rhythm section, five horns and three singers. Their CD Caoutchouc plays Lorca was presented at the Utrecht Vredenburg concert hall in 1992 during a dubble feature together with Carmen Linares and her ensemble. One of the CD tracks has been remixed with the great voice of Remedios Amaya by producer Ricardo Pachón. After years of experimenting with all kinds of setups Paul rediscovered flamenco and his affection for the sound of the Spanish guitar reaching back to his early years as a young guitarist. In 2004 Paul Weiling started the group Compasión with the singer Carlos Denia Moreno. Their CD Salmuera was received enthousiastically by the international press. In 2011, the ensemble was invited to play at the Dutch Flamenco Biennal in 2011 in Rotterdam and at the Amsterdam Bimhuis. During the same period Paul worked with various flamenco ensembles as Alain Labrie’s group Labryenco from The Hague and Dibujos de Holanda, a special line-up with ten top performers representing the thriving Dutch Flamenco Flamenco scene at the Flamenco Biennial 2009 (Vedenburg Music Center, Utrecht). The John Fillmore Group (CD Amento 2012) features Paul on soprano saxophone.



photography: Irene Bal

With Global Axis (CD New World Music) Paul produced a blend of jazz, world, pop and contamporary music. Compasión (CD Salmuera) is an (almost) traditional flamenco trio combined with a two-piece hornsection. Together double bass player Tjitze Vogel, Paul explored a wide range of world music along with musicians from Greece (Nikos Tsilogiannis’ Pan Project), China (Ming Principle), India and the Middle East (Tales of Tala). Recent encounters have also included traditionalAfrican music (Michael Baird’s Rhythm Orgy Band) as well as Cuban (Trio Son Cubano).

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VISION: “Professional craftsmanship and original creativity as an artist are my biggest ambitions as a musician, composer and producer. To me, music as an art form means beauty, adventure and a great sense of freedom, exploring new ways of music.”

During his carreer Paul released several CD’s, documenting four of the projects he initiated. As (co-) producer he worked with different music companies. In addition to writing the music, he was also involved in the recording, editing, mixing, mastering and the lay-out of these CD’s.

paul CD New Amsterdam Reflections

In 1994, Paul started his first band as a leader: the Paul Weiling Trio. He produced the CD New Amsterdam Reflections for the Dutch label VIA records in 1997. The trio also features David Tronzo on slide guitar as special guest from New York. The CD has been presented during a European tour including major jazz festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague.

“…exciting combination of freedom and clear sense of form...” Frank van Herk / Jazz Nu (NL)

cd_newworldmusic CD New World Music

In 1999 Paul created a new musical concept for a bassless quartet with percussion kit, piano/synthesizer and voice, resulting in the quartet Gobal Axis. The group’s very first live appearance was recorded by the Dutch VPRO radiostation in December 1999 and in 2001, the band recorded their first album ‘New World Music’ for TryTone Records, Amsterdam.

“The freedom the band takes is audible.” Maartje den Breejen / Het Parool (NL)

paul CD Salmuera

In 2004 Paul presented his new group Compasión at the Global Village Festival, Amersfoort, featuring flamenco dancer La Kika as a special guest. Compasión brings a combination of flamenco and improvised music. The music is inspired by traditional forms as well as newly composed material. Elements of jazz and flamenco make a unity, or a contrast. The project was supported by the Music: World Series foundation, Utrecht. The Dutch Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst provided a grant for Paul Weiling to write new compositions for this ensemle. “An innovation which sounds so natural that you ask yourself why nobody ever did this before.” ***** Ton Maas / Volkskrant (NL)

paul CD Untold

Tales of Tala is another project in cooperation with the Music: World Series. Five musicians from India, Persia and Europe join forces to explore the Indian language (tala) of rhythm and improvisation. Their CD Untold has been recorded in 2011. “Timbres melt into a twinklinng almalgam. Initiator Paul Weiling appears as an impressive soloist in this unique line-up.” ***** Ton Maas / Volkskrant (NL)

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VISION:“The student's actual level always represents the starting point. As a teachter, I provide my experience and insights for immediate improvement by making the best use of everything a player has learnt until this point. During this proces missing links lead to decisions regarding which other skills require being developed in the future.”

Former student Joris Roelofs: "The lessons with Paul have been very motivating; his enormous entousiasm for improvisation really stimulated me to work on my saxophone and eventually enabled me to play more freely."

During his lengthy carreer as a teacher, Paul developed his own improvisation method based on solo transcription and analysis, motivic development and a compact, highly practical harmonic and rhythmic theory concept. His teaching program includes the following lessons and workshops:


A complete range of saxophone techniques, interpretation, improvisation, style and analysis, solo transcription, musical interaction, presentation and personal attidude.


For classical trained musicians and all melody instuments. Includes the same topics as for the saxophone lessons, without the basic saxophone techniques.


Playing without rhythm section, taking over the roles of the “missing” instruments, creating musical interaction and concept, striking the balance between arranging and improvising.


Creative playing and communication with and within the rhythm section, creating musical interaction and concept, striking the balance between arranging and improvising.


Exploring saxophone and improvisation teaching methods, developing a complete nine year saxophone course, starting with the very first lessons with a young student.


Self-reflection, performing presentation (video analysis), work ethics and attitude, business skills and carreer planning, networking, marketing and public relations.

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VISION: “In my opinion everybody is a student for life. It’s never too late to learn a new language or a musical instrument or whatever.”

“We know Paul Weiling as a genuine personality on his instrument.”
Jan Huydts (pianist / former manager Hilversum’s Conservatory)

Paul first picked up the guitar at the age of twelve, but soon he switched to saxophone, inspired by Coltrane’s LP A Love Supreme which he received as a present from a friend. Other important influences were other records and concerts during the seventies, for example Miles Davis’ fusion period, Weather Report, Ray Anderson’s Slickaphonics, Chicago Art Ensemble, Carla Bley Orchestra, and expecially saxophonists like Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman or John Handy and Charlie Mariano (both experimenting with classical Indian music during that period).

At the age of twenty Paul started his carreer as a professional musician, performing on the local scene in the area of Münster, Germany. He taught saxophone at a musician’s collective music school located above a music store in Münster, one block from the Landesmuseum, where exclusive Jazz concerts were staged among impressive modern art exibitions. In 1984, he moved from Germany to the Netherlands, where he studied Jazz saxophone at the Amsterdam School of Arts / Hilversum’s Conservatory with Ferdinand Povel, Herman Schoonderwalt and Henk van Twillert. After graduating with a Master's Degree in music performance and a supplement certificate for ‘classical repertoire’ he continued his studies with David Liebman in New York. In 2004 Paul started learning palmas (flamenco hand-clapping). After training sessions in 2006 he started individual and collective student coaching at the Fontys Conservatory, Tilburg. In 2011, Paul picked up the cajón as a new instrument.

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