About Me: The Chatty Version

Hi! :-) My name is Paulo, and I'm originally from the Philippines, where my childhood was all about writing short stories, filling up sketch pads with fantasy and superhero art, and singing songs from Annie and Disney's Peter Pan. As a kid, I took a handful of organ lessons and didn't do too well -- but once I heard the scores of Miss Saigon and Disney's The Little Mermaid, I became determined to play them, and taught myself to play the piano. Later, my playing led me to being accompanist for my parish choir; and later still, to playing for morning Masses and weekend retreats at Ateneo High School. 


When the time came for college, I considered majoring in music, but decided instead on Communication at Ateneo de Manila University. After graduation, I spent over 12 years working in communications and marketing for some of Manila's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble Philippines and Globe Telecom, the country's second largest telecommunications company. Alongside undergrad and corporate life, I was also deeply involved with Hangad (the Filipino word for "desire"), an award-winning inspirational vocal group under the Philippine Jesuit Music Ministry. For over 17 years, I wrote and arranged songs, played the keyboard and sang for the group's eight studio albums, numerous concerts and concert tours, and Masses. I did some freelance songwriting, accompanying, and film scoring during this time too.


In 2012, I decided to give up corporate life and do music full-time, and moved to Boston to start my first ever first formal music studies at Berklee College of Music. There, I took classes in classical and contemporary music theory, songwriting, arranging, musical theatre writing, and music therapy, while also being a cantor and pianist at the Paulist Center of Boston and music director for four productions of MIT's Musical Theatre Guild.


Though my original plan was to complete a degree in Music Therapy while taking every class related to musical theatre writing and arranging at Berklee, I ended up completing only four semesters there -- having received the opportunity to attend the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on a full tuition scholarship, I moved to New York City in 2013.


During my two years at NYU, I wrote and presented the first few songs for On This Side of the World, a song cycle inspired by the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States; and had a reading of the first draft of a full-length musical I co-wrote with lyricist and bookwriter Kathleen Wrinn, The Forgetting of Snow.


Since moving to the United States in 2012, songs I wrote or co-wrote have been performed at the Songwriters Cabaret of the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, Joe's Pub, 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and The Tank in New York City; at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Central Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA; and at ACT's Costume Shop Theatre in San Francisco. I continue to write liturgical and inspirational music as well, most notably Saint Peter's Mass which was commissioned by Saint Peter's University and premiered in 2015. 


Today, I live in Jersey City with my husband and best friend Jeremy. I started as a Lyricist with the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in September 2016; I continue to work on On This Side of the World and The Forgetting of Snow, as well as other writing projects (both solos and collaborations), and freelance composing and arranging projects. Drawing on my corporate past, I occasionally take on marketing communication consultancy projects as well.

I love Lego (or "Legos", as most Americans say), cannot dance to save my life, get buzzed on half a glass of red wine, and have absolutely no regrets about leaving the corporate world.

Artist Bio: Paulo K Tiról

 Paulo K Tirol is a composer, lyricist, arranger, music director, keyboardist / accompanist, and occasional marketing communications consultant working in and around New York City.

He is originally from the Philippines, where he majored in Communication at Ateneo de Manila University then worked for over 12 years in the corporate sector, alongside being keyboardist, arranger, songwriter and vocalist for the inspirational vocal group Hangad'many albums, concerts, and Masses. 

In 2012, having decided to give up corporate life and do music full-time, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. A year later, he was offered the opportunity to attend the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on a full tuition scholarship, and moved to New York City. In 2016, he was accepted as a Lyricist in the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

His work has been performed in cabarets in New York City (Songwriters Cabaret at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, Joe’s Pub, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Tank, 54 Below) and Boston (Berklee, Central Square Theatre), and featured in Bill Finn’s “Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should” series. His current projects include On This Side of the World, a song cycle inspired by the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States, and The Forgetting of Snow (book and lyrics by Kathleen Wrinn), a full-length musical exploring guns in America through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl. 

He has continued to write liturgical and inspirational music as well, most notably Saint Peter's Mass, commissioned by Saint Peter's University in Jersey City and premiered in 2015. 


Apart from his multiple music and theatre writing projects, he also takes on freelance work as an arranger and occasionally, drawing on his past corporate life, as a marketing communications consultant.

Paulo lives in Jersey City with his husband Jeremy.