I wonder what it is that Paul Adams doesn't do? He's built instruments for some very well known musicians (Daryl Hall, members of Stevie Wonders band and others.), he's a writer and poet, he plays a vast array of exotic instruments, composed music for major corporations, and has eight critically acclaimed albums out in about 5 different genres of music.
“I'm no genius,” says Adams. “I'm just fascinated with everything. This is a revolutionary time for musicians. Technology allows us to make our own musical decisions. Like a painter, we have freedom of choice. Management can’t tell us what to compose or produce. This is a very GREEN or ORGANIC way of creating music.”
Adams newest release is the beautiful Flute CD called HEAVENS. “I was able to incorporate more exotic instruments such as the Chinese Hulusi along with my other instruments.”
New Age Retailer states “Heavens is a must-have for all fans of wooden/Native flute music and should easily make many Best of 2010 lists! WMHB FM called HEAVENS an “absolutely wonderful and masterful album!”
New Age Radio.de in Germany said , “I am certain that this collection will earn his place in the history of New Age music. Every note that he plays is not just heard but sensed and felt and at times in a most profound way.”
Adams strays from the purely traditional and integrates various exotic scales with his array of flutes to create an ethereal journey that is unforgettable.
Adams study of Ethnomusicology birthed a love of unique musical instruments.
“I have a fair collection of anything that makes noise. My array of flutes inspired me into releasing my Flute Meditations For Dreaming Clouds album, and it was very successful. It was nominated Native American album of the year, the Satellite networks picked up on it, and I met a lot of new fans”.
Years ago Adams had a tragic accident resulting in the loss of fingers from his Guitar fretting hand. The ends were rebuilt with grafts from his leg and he says, “It made me re-approach my finger style guitar playing in a different way. Having this limitation caused me to phrase more uniquely. A popular syndicated radio program once called me about my music. They said they really felt I had a way of being unique, and placed my album Various Waves in the TOP 5 of the year. Limitation has a way of propelling one beyond preconceived barriers.”
The results can be also be seen on Adams' finger style Guitar album A View From The Plain.
Michael Douglas of station KKCR in Hawaii exclaimed “Wow, I'm blown away, I think it's a phenomenal piece of work! I'm not letting this CD out of my sight!”
His album The Property Of Water was composed with legendary synthesizer pioneer Laurie Spiegal's program for computer called The Music Mouse (All music commands are conducted with the Computer keypad and not synthesizer keyboard.). It's vehicle is meant to be a meditative journey, AND won album of the year honors from WIND ANDWIRE Magazine in 1998.
Then again, Adams will jump into a completely different groove as he did with a sideline band The Neurons he started with Ray Charles arranger David Hoffman. “This was a chance to utilize my instruments in a jazzier way, blending world music, and looped grooves.” Smooth & Soul Magazine in Germany exclaimed “:From time to time I find music unique and original. A pathfinder. Music that realizes new ideas, instruments and styles. That's Dance by The Neurons!”.
Throughout his career, his albums have gathered international acclaim in many different areas such as World Fusion, New Age, Ambient, Jazz, Native American, and music utilizing his poetic readings. Eclectic is perhaps the best description of Adams and his unique musical path. His most important inspiration has come from working many years with the mentally ill, and utilizing his music with this population. “Working with them has been the most artistically rich environment I could have imagined. Where else could I have seen such a deep and vast display of the human condition? They are the real people, forced to deal with the nucleus of their own sanity on a daily basis. They are our hero’s”.