Biography of Paul Malsom
Born in Bournemouth, Paul was introduced to music at a very early age by his Grandfather, who was a violinist in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and through his Father's record collection which included a variety of Brazilian music – Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Laurindo Almeida et al. Further inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Gary Moore, Paul started playing the guitar at the age of 15.
After hours of practice and hard study, initially with jazz pianist, Percy Pegg, a devotee of the Art Tatum, Errol Garner style, Paul started travelling around the South of England, busking and working in restaurants and hotels. Developing a solo guitar technique inspired by Joe Pass and Martin Taylor, whilst always staying with Brazilian and acoustic guitar, he also studied with Brazilian guitar specialist, John Zaradin, depping for him at major hotels in London and Brighton.
Having developed a respected reputation in the local area, Paul was asked to give lessons which rapidly grew to a near full-time teaching position and he continues teaching in Kent to this day.
On moving to London, Paul met guitarist Branco Stoysin and together they formed Moving Colour playing The Soho Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Dean Street, The Euro Wirral International Guitar Festival and Bath International Guitar Festival. During this time, Paul demonstrated guitars for Korg UK, Takamine and Ovation and, with Branco, released the "Moving Colour" CD, which received enthusiastic reviews.
Wanting to follow his own path, Paul then went back to the drawing board to develop his next album, which was homage to earlier inspirations, such as John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin and Egberto Gismonti. It also included his own original compositions. Guesting on the CD was Brazilian percussion maestro Bosco de Oliviera, with Javier Fioramonti on electric bass and 2nd guitar, and Dan Sheppard on double bass. This proved to be another well received and respected album.
Paul's second album was of his solo set and entitled 'BUMP and BITE' in which all the tracks bar one were recorded in single straight through takes. In addition to working with artists such as John Etheridge, Mark Lockheart, Derek Nash and Karen Lane. Paul has opened for many artists including Georgie Fame, The Dankworths, Liane Carroll, Jane Monheit, Tina May, Tony Coe, Gwyneth Herbert, Phil Robson, 10CC and Tommy Emmanuel. He has also appeared with guitarists Eric Roche and Preston Reed.
In the last few years Paul h as developed a style that makes extensive and effective use of a loop station as well as playing electric guitars in bands, particularly his own Trio.
Paul's solo performances are highly virtuosic, imaginative and expressive. Combined with his natural and humorous rapport with his audience, this gives an enjoyable and entertaining night out.
"Think you're brilliant. Always have" – Liane Carroll
"Expressive, fluent, varied and thoughtful – this is nice stuff!"
– John Etheridge
"Very few guitarists can hold the attention for a whole set when playing solo, yet Paul can match Martin Taylor for that knack of "plate spinning", keeping bass line, chords, melody and improvisation all in mid-air without ever dropping anything. A delight to listen to with great choice of unusual material and an even greater pleasure to play with" – Derek Nash