Paul Quigley lives in Saratoga Springs but he's played his guitar all the way from Los Angeles to New Zealand to Switzerland and beyond. In love with music since age 12 when he heard a recording of Andre Segovia, a legendary Spanish classical guitarist, Quigley found himself a featured performer on the Queen Elizabeth II World Cruise and the Queen Mary II and Crystal Symphony ships a few years ago. Scoring the gig alongside a flutist by word of mouth, Quigley said entertaining the seven seas was an amazing opportunity and something he'd love to do again someday.
We were treated as passengers. We got to stay in cabins, eat meals like a passenger and were actually encouraged to interact with them during the day. At night we'd do our performances, it was really great, said Quigley.
He is now firmly on land, for awhile at least, as a new professor at the College of Saint Rose, teaching electric guitar, jazz and a little classical for music industry students. Having performed around the world and the Capital Region, Quigley is putting most of his time and energy into his latest gig.
"I'm kind of new to this so I've been putting a lot of my energy toward preparing and teaching, which I'm really enjoying right now," said Quigley.
Some people may recognize him from his concerts at Skidmore, Troy Music Hall, Saratoga Arts Center Theatre or St. Rose concerts and workshops where's he's center stage. But others might know him as more of a backseat performer at his most recent and frequent project: Quintessence Brunch on New Scotland Avenue in Albany.
"It's a lot of fun because I get to see people on a regular basis, every week; this is the first time in a long time on classical guitar that I've had a steady weekly job," said Quigley. "Since I spend a lot of time practicing electric guitar and learning more jazz since I'm teaching, every Sunday I know I'm going to get to play classical for three hours and I love that."