I’m composer, pianist, and landscape architect, Paul Sayre. I spent my early childhood on our family’s farm in Letart, West Virginia—a tiny community in the verdant, rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Since then, I’ve lived in many places, done a lot of things, and had the great fortune and privilege to study and work with many extraordinary and wonderful people.

I pursue several avocations in addition to my work as musician and architect: I love teaching and gardening; I’m an avid horticulturalist and conservationist; I enjoy drawing, painting, and woodworking; and I’m keenly interested in ecology, renewable energy, and social equity.

I’m happiest when I’m making things; the medium and material are almost unimportant. I feel that writing good music is not so different from composing a beautiful sentence, from building a solid barn, or from designing an exceptional space. I believe strongly in Verum Ipsum Factum—the principle of “truth through making”—that true knowledge and awareness are not acquired through passive transmittance but rather through the process of doing. I take my work very seriously, but not myself. I am something of a jack-of-all-trades in endless pursuit of mastery of one. At the end of the day, I am a maker.

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