Paul Goodman is a musician and composer . Originally from Dublin, Ireland he has been based since 2003 on the island of Crete where he has been immersed in the musical traditions of Crete, Greece, Balkans, Turkey and other regions in and around the Mediterranean Basin.
As a student of Ross Daly he was in the right place to experience the 2002 opening of "Musical Workshop Labyrinth" in Houdetsi, Crete where he later lived for three years. Having already existed for many years Labyrinth swiftly became a uniquely magical meeting point for musicians of many cultures. Here Paul has been given the opportunity over several years to acquaint and learn directly from many world renowned musicians such as Ross Daly, Mehmet Erenler, Kelly Thoma, Omer Erdoǧdular,Habil Aliev, Ustad Rahim Kushnawaz, Ustad Daud Khan, Sokratis Sinopoulos, Efren Lopez, Zacharis Spiridakis, Giorgos Xylouris and many more.
Initially drawn to several modal instruments many years have been spent specialising and thereafter developing a personal sound with members of the saz family of Turkish long necked lutes and Cretan lyra (spiked fiddle). This unique sound has a lot to do with a personal approach to composition which encompasses ideas inspired by traditional folk idioms combined with everything both musically and otherwise that has been influential throughout Paul's life. He calls it "weaving worlds" and although difficult to categorise the result it relates to the somewhat broader genre which is "music worth listening to". Or music which respects listeners of music.
Having been enriched through diverse collaborations with musicians from various backgrounds and cultures Paul has performed since 2003 around Greece and elsewhere in Europe including Italy, France, Ireland, Netherlands and Serbia. He has also appeared as guest soloist in several fusion projects.
In Paul Goodman’s compositions elements of influence are combined with the spontaneity and freshness of one who hears something new in these timeless sounds. His music has been described as a simultaneous dialogue between the past, the divine, the future, beauty, spirit, mortality and eternity. His first self-produced album entitled Strangely Familiar was released in March 2015 and has received very positive reviews.