Paul Reisler wrote his first song at the age of 5. Fortunately neither he nor anyone else can remember it. It’s likely to have been very similar to an Elvis or Pat Boone song. Since that time, he’s written thousands of songs. Fortunately, he can remember many of them thanks to the wonders of modern recording.
His co-writers include Grammy winners and hit songwriters including Wendy Waldman, Steve Seskin, Jon Vezner, Angela Kaset, Pierce Pettis, Charles John Quarto, Bill Lloyd, and many others including close to 10,000 kids through his Kid Pan Alley project.
He has a B.A. in music theory in composition and theory from George Washington University that perhaps got in the way of him being a hit country writer, but has really helped in his teaching and his instrumental compositions.
Paul’s instrumental compositions are truly unique journeys built on free-flowing melodies. The Washington Post calls them “wonderfully woven and evocative.” Elan Magazine says they are “Some of the best instrumental pieces I have heard in a long time.” While Heartsong Review calls them, “...beautiful instrumentals that remind you of something in a dream.”
He writes for theatre, film and TV. He’s written all the music for Ki Theatre’s productions for the last 15 years.
His most ambitious project to date is his new Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, a full-length piece for full orchestra. Inspired by the masterpiece, Peter and the Wolf, and recognizing how perfectly suited the Fables were to a symphonic treatment, Paul worked with a text created by his friend Tom Paxton, one of Americas most beloved songwriters and performers, Aesop’s Fables premiered in January 2010with several orchestras around the country. Stay tuned for details.
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