Paul Brody studied trumpet and composition at Boston University and the New England Conservatory. Until 2010 he has mainly worked as a composer and trumpeter in venues like the Deutsches Theater, Schaubuehne, and Volksbuehne; and with artists such as John Zorn, Barry White, Blixa Bargeld, Wim Wenders, Volker Ludwig, Julian Rosefeldt and Cate Blanchett. Recordings with his own band, Paul Brody’s Sadawi, are on John Zorn’s Tzadik label and Enja Records. His last album, Behind All Words, featuring Meret Becker, Jelena Kuljic, and Clueso, won the best list of the German Recording Prize.
Currently, Brody focuses on the intersection of spoken language and music, which is reflected in his last album, David Marton’s La Sonnambula, and in sound installations featured at the Jewish Museum Berlin, Transmediale Festival, and Prinz-Georg Raum Fuer Kunst. His 2016 projects are a WDR feature about prisoners in Alabama learning art and poetry, a documentary exhibit examining perspectives on help, Voices of the Helper, for the Jugend Museum Berlin, and installations exploring the parameters of singing and spoken word for the Munich Kammerspiele Opera Department, where he is currently Artist in Residence.