An Interview With Paul Winter
Consorting means joining together, associating in a common lot. To Paul Winter it means music in its most communal sense, and along with nature, it’s his passion. He’s a 43-year-old saxaphone player with a classical background. For 15 years he has led the Paul Winter Consort, a traveling group of diverse and talented musicians, whose rich sound blends influences from classical to African to jazz with voices both animal and human. Their style? It’s what Paul Winter has called “contemporary contrapuntal Connecticut country consort music,“ and it’s hard to pin down any further. Their music is the prototype of a lot of what now passes as “New Age“ or “whole earth“ music, but unlike many later groups, their music never seemed shallow or derivative; their experimentation was always fresh and honest.