paul hornHailed as a founding father of new age music, Paul Horn is a versatile and widely popular recording artist with a number of albums to his credit, including Inside the Taj Mahal (11062), which has sold more than three-quarters of a million copies. Flutist Paul Horn's story is an inspiring odyssey of world travel, expansive musical creativity, psychological evolution, and spiritual transformation. For over three decades, Horn has maintained a high public profile, increasing his audience even as he has changed creative directions - classical music, jazz, fusion, pop, new age music, world music.
Horn has journeyed around the world several times,
often playing for thousands of people in concert halls,
recording these albums in their famous locationsInside
the Taj Mahal (11062),
in India, Inside the Great Pyramid (12060),
in Egypt, and Inside the Cathedral (11075),
in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1987, he made a recording
that was nominated for the Best New Age Grammy; no
wonder he entitled that album Traveler (11086).
Born in New York, raised in Washington D.C., Horn
began his study of classical piano and clarinet as
a child. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory
of Music and earned his Masters degree at the Manhattan
School of Music. After a stint in the Army, he briefly
played in the SauterFinegan big band, then joined
Living in Hollywood, Horn quickly established himself
as a jazz star on flute, clarinet, and saxophone.
These were the glory yearstouring and recording
In 1968, Horn returned to India as the producer
of a film on Maharishi and meditation.
Fed up with Hollywood studio life, Horn toured with
Horn lectured on creativity and the higher spiritual
values of music; he taught meditation to students.
He traveled to Egypt, China, Scotland, and elsewhere,
recording in each location. He founded his own label,
Golden Flute Records, and learned the business of
music. He hosted his own eighteen-week Canadian network
TV series; helped cure
In his book Inside Paul Horn (HarperCollins), Horn summarized his life as follows, "We are journeying externally from country to country, instrumentally reflecting the merging of many diverse world cultures. We are traveling in historical time, from the present to the distant past. We are traveling inwardly as well, through the music of meditation."