Paul Winter has spent a lifetime exploring the music of the world, from the early days of his college jazz sextet, which toured 23 countries of Latin America for the State Dept., and then, at the request of the Kennedys, played in 1962 the first ever jazz concert at the White House...to his later ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, with which he has played throughout the world, and recorded over 40 albums, of which 7 have been honored with Grammy® Awards.
Winter credits the hauntingly beautiful voices of humpback whales, which he heard first in 1968, for opening the door for him to “the greater symphony of the Earth.” Since then, the Consort’s family of voices has always included those of other species. Paul has taken part in wilderness recording expeditions on six continents, traveling by horse, dogsled, raft, Land Rover, Piper Cub, and on foot, producing recordings that celebrate places like the Grand Canyon, the Northern Rockies, and Siberia’s Lake Baikal. Out of all this experience has emerged the Consort’s unique comprehensive genre, which Winter refers to as “Earth Music,” with its aspirations to celebrate the cultures and creatures of the whole Earth. His current project is entitled Flyways: A Celebration of the Great Bird Migration from Africa through the Middle East to Eurasia, which will incorporate indigenous music of each of the 16 countries over which the birds fly, interwoven with the voices of the birds.
In recognition of his musical contributions to the environment, Paul has received the Global 500 Award from the United Nations. Paul lives on what he calls an organic music farm in the hills of northwest Connecticut with his wife and two young daughters.