Musician, scholar & educator

The son of an Austrian mother and a Czech father, Paul has engaged life with a sense of curiosity and wonder...

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In the summer of 2013, Paul conducted musical and historical research on a 46-foot motorsailer, spending six weeks traveling along the Arctic coastline from Nome, Alaska to Baillie Island, Canada. In the summer of 2014, he participated as a 38th Voyager, a project organized by Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, marking the return of the Charles W. Morgan, the last of America’s 19th-century whaling fleet to the sea.

Making Music


Paul is active as a keyboardist, organist, amateur accordionist, and studio musician. He has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist and keyboardist throughout Alaska as well as in Italy, Austria, Japan, China, and Australia. For Alaskan bands, he has performed, composed, and arranged in various styles, including pop, rock, jazz, funk, disco, calypso, classical, and world music. Paul has also composed, arranged, and produced music for television, film, and museum exhibits. He won the Alaska Public Radio Network Song of the Year in the Instrumental Category in 2004.

The Fairbanks Ragtime Club
The Fairbanks Ragtime Club started during the summer of 2021 after local piano players Paul Krejci and Kit Cleworth had discussed the idea of bringing an informal group of like-minded musicians and aficionados together in a low-key setting to share rags. For an opportunity to hear this infectious, dance-inspired music and learn about its fascinating history, the Fairbanks Ragtime Club gathers regularly at the Malemute Saloon in Ester during the summer months. They also perform during the winter for special occasions.
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Early Influences


Paul was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, a subarctic region marked by striking natural extremes and rich cultural diversity. While temperatures and the amount of daylight contrast sharply between the summer and winter months, the population boasts a broad range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of life. The ability of Interior Alaska’s people to thrive in an unrelenting environment has helped shape Paul’s upbringing. Thinking creatively, resourcefully, and unconventionally have helped shape his outlook on life.

Being raised by an intellectually curious Tyrolean mother and philosophically rebellious Czech father helped instill a sense of exploration and adventure in Paul. He was exposed to the arts, athletics, and travel from an early age. Music was what unified many of his interests growing up.

Paul began taking classical piano lessons at the age of five, first from the university music student named Robin Kissinger, then from Fairbanks newcomer Karen Johnson, and later on, her husband, university professor of piano and organ, Dr. James Johnson. Shortly after high school, Paul reconnected with his mother’s birthplace, studying the piano under Professor Hans Kofler at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium in Innsbruck, Austria.

Following undergraduate degrees in Piano Performance, Music, and Philosophy, and minors in Mathematics and German, Paul’s adventurous spirit led him to Osaka, Japan where he taught English and music, and played the piano in hotels around the Kansai region. There he further developed his lifelong interest in the world’s musics, languages, and cultures.


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Academic Life


Paul’s graduate studies in Australia and Alaska led to master’s degrees in Philosophy of Science and Piano Performance with a secondary interest in Alaska Native music. After a few more years of international travel in Europe and Africa and employment as a tour guide in northern Alaska, Paul embarked on and completed a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on musical anthropology and ethnohistory.

As a term professor and adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Paul taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in music and the humanities. His doctoral research combined the disciplines of music and anthropology. For his dissertation he examined musicultural change and early musical processes of globalization among Indigenous cultures of northern Alaska and northwestern Canada during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. His ethnohistorical studies also included current ethnomusicological fieldwork focusing on the state of present-day Indigenous musical forms.

Volunteering


Paul volunteers his time serving as Board Vice President and Artist Selection Chair for the Fairbanks Concert Association. He is completing a history of the organization's first 75 years. The account includes an extensive introduction to the early history of the performing arts in the Fairbanks Interior during the first half of the 20th century. The book’s planned publication is in Fall 2024.


Back to the Middle Ages Anyone?
Paul occasionally appears by the moniker, Medieval Keynieval, performing on the piano more-than-500-year-old keyboard pieces and his own arrangements of vocal and instrumental works from the Middle Ages.
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