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  • Paul Jacob Michel Fossum

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    Paul Jacob Michel Fossum

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    Paul Jacob (PJ) Fossum is an up and coming New York-based pianist, keyboardist and synthesist. While his music is focused often in a jazz and improvised music context, his influences encompass a wide scope from bebop to classical to indie rock to electronica.

    Fossum is an alumni of Mount Royal University and the Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, and will be completing his BFA at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music come May. Throughout his musical education he has studied under the tutelage of Sam Yahel, Reggie Workman, and Ingrid Jensen, among others.

    Growing up in Canada, PJ started piano when he was just three years old. He studied classical music for 15 years, he decided to redirect when he was 18 and shift focus in his musical pursuits. When he started at Mount Royal University he immersed himself in a formal jazz education, while the path of his informal education was significantly more diverse, side-manning in projects of Jazz, Neo-Classical, Blues, Neo-Soul, Reggae, R&B and Indie Rock. Ultimately both his formal and informal education have contributed to the musician he is today.

    He has shared the stage with Tyshawn Sorrey, Okkyung Lee, Ingrid Jensen, William Bell, Nir Felder, and Val Jeanty aka DJ Val-Inc.
     


    Current Courses

    Music Technology Seminar 1 (Fall 2019)

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