The Journey so far...
Paul and Julian play contemporary music specifically for the guitar and their music derives from their perspective as two Australian composers. Paul and Julian's performance is full of light, heat, melancholy and romance and it’s this that has always caught the ears of their listeners. This music brings the brilliance of global guitar music right to your front door.
Paul and Julian’s first musical meeting was in June 2010 in Glora, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then a true musical and personal friendship has developed. The project was realised on a hot night, far from home, in Paul’s adopted kitchen over a bottle of cachaça, and hours of crazy guitar duels. Since that night, the festive sounds of South America can always be heard through their music and never fail to excite their festival audiences.
United after this great journey, Paul and Julian set out on a mission to write specifically for the duo and expand the rich history of the guitar by contributing many new works to Australia's diverse guitar scene. Over the pursuing years many tunes were written and a number of albums have been recorded and released, including Ao, Meu Lado, Streets of the World and two solo albums, Paul Carey and Una Guitarra Solamente .
Paul and Julian will soon be releasing their third studio album as a duo, which will include a collection of their most recent compositions. In this current project the duo has has expanded the horizons of 21st century guitar by drawing on contemporary Australian song writers and classics from a wide range of styles.
For both Paul and Julian, making music with someone who is equally as passionate about playing the guitar is a gift in itself. Playing music is all about trying to find those golden moments where the music and the experience become greater than the sum of its parts. It is an amazing thing to become aware of the opportunity for dialogue and friendship between musicians, through performing fiery live shows, but the one thing that makes it all worth it is that connection with the audience, that moment where we are in it together and the music is king.
‘Ao Meu Lado’ is the debut release by these two guitarists. The record has 7 original tunes: some choro, valse, maxixe and a malambo, the title track, ‘Ao Meu Lado’. In honour of their friend and mentor, Doug de Vries, the record also includes two previously unreleased pieces written by Doug, as an homage. The record also includes a choro by Maurício Marquez, ‘Choro Espoleta’. The arrangement to this piece inspired the original compositions on this disc and was the inception of this project.
On this record they have revisited the great tradition of the guitar duo, (a mainstay in Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and Spain), which lies at the heart of their friendship and musical connection.
The album, Paul Carey, Julian Scheffer & Friends, is a tribute to the many fabulous musicians playing in Melbourne who work with Paul and Julian and share a love of this music. The opportunity to compose pieces of music for their friends, these fine musicians, and to share 2 days in the studio recording this album was what it was all about.
House Concerts with Paul Carey & Julian Scheffer
Melbourne guitarists, Paul Carey and Julian Scheffer, are keen to work with you to plan an affordable concert in your living room, garden or deck. The harmonies of the six and seven string guitar invoke the unique and recognisable rhythm and melodies of global guitar music. Paul and Julian are accomplished and experienced performers whose musicality and presentation never fail to engage audiences. A house Concert is quality music performed in a warm, personal and intimate environment. A chance to invite family, friends, neighbours, work-colleagues into your home for a small ensemble performance. There are no special requirements, it’s very affordable and almost any space is suitable.