Paula Mlyn

Paula Mlyn


Ms. Mlyn’s music is a blend of classical art song, acoustic folk ballad, and popular music/jazz. Her songs, which are in Spanish, French, and English, range in theme from the tenderest love ballads to songs celebrating life and the power of redemption.


Paula Mlyn, a New York City-based composer/singer has, over the past fifteen years, specialized in composing and performing vocal music. Her output has included song cycles such as 9 songs to the Poetry of Mark Strand and Donald Justice (1985), 10 Songs to Poems of Dylan Thomas (1986), 14 Songs to Poems of Walt Whitman (1991-92), and an opera entitled Eveline, loosely based on a short story by James Joyce. She also has set the poems of Robert Blake, Jane Kenyon, Wallace Stevens, and William Butler Yeats, among many others. Over the past two decades, Ms. Mlyn has devoted herself to working with Spanish and French poetry and lyrics, and has set the works of poets such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Antonio Machado, and Pablo Neruda. In addition, she has a significant body of popular music written to the lyrics and poetry of the Cuban-born poet and painter Raul Santiago Sebazco. Ms. Mlyn’s music has been heard on WNYC and BAI radio as well as on the web on She also has performed at venues including Symphony Space, CAMI Hall, Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College, Southern Connecticut College, Weill Hall, the Kosciusko Foundation, the Puffin Cultural Forum, New York’s Donnell Library, and the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. Recent performances included a concert on Trinity Church’s Concerts as One Series, and two appearances at New York’s landmark Cornelia Street Café as part of their ongoing “Songwriter’s Beat” series. A member of ASCAP since 1992, Ms. Mlyn began her music studies as a young child and continued at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied piano with Isabel Yalkovsky-Byman and composition with Giampaolo Bracali. Classically trained, Ms. Mlyn holds bachelor and master of music degrees in music composition, and has studied composition with Myron Fink, Richard Hundley, Charles Turner, Yehudi Wyner, and John Corigliano. In 1991 she was given a scholarship to attend the prestigious Aspen Music Festival under the auspices of composer George Tsontakis.

Set List

1. Blanca Luz
2. C’etait comme hier
3. Solamente una vez
4. Luz

5. Murio al Amanecer*
6. Nocturno Esquematico*
7. Es Verdad*

8. Mi Filosophia
9. Ausencia
10. Allelulia+
11. Tanto que te quiero
12. You Come from the Destitute South**
13. Casì
14. Mi Caballo Blanco (trad. Peruvian)
15. La vida es sueño
16. Solitario
17. Je Suis
18. El Amor es una Flor
19. The Sound of Love++