Clarinet and Saxophone, Contemporary Music/Improvisation Ensemble
B. Mus. (Michigan)
M. Mus. (Ohio)
Paul Bendzsa has been an enthusiastic creator and performer of classical and new music for most of his 40-year career. He was founding member of the new music ensemble, Fusion, the Sound Symposium, and the widely traveled Canadian Saxophone Quintet. He currently plays with the percussion, woodwind, the Yamaha-WX5 wind synthesizer and electronics duo, Spanner, the theatre-music group, Blue Rider Ensemble, and is principal clarinettist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. As Associate Professor at the School of Music at Memorial University, Paul teaches clarinet, saxophone, New Music Ensemble, classical and jazz improvisation, and chamber music. In the community he teaches a number of young aspiring musicians. Bendzsa also leads workshops for school teachers and students on creativity and composition through improvisation.
Paul Bendzsa is endlessly experimenting with artists in other media; for example, recent collaborations with visual artist Les Sasaki (in a series called "Hear the Art - See the Music") and improvisations with Vida Simon of Montreal.