Paul Termos was born in Hilversum, Netherlands,1952. He studied
composition with Ton de Leeuw at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory,
in the early seventies. In the same period Termos got involved in
improvised music with his guitar- and clarinet playing, but changes
this instruments a few years later for the alto-saxophone.
From the early eighties Termos took part in the Amsterdam
improvisation-scene and played with I.C.P., Guus Janssen, Maarten
Altena and many others. From 1985 Termos started to give solo-concerts
and made a solo-record (Claxon 86.17).
In 1988 he formed his own 10-piece-band, The Termos Tentet. This
goup was followed by a 9-piece-band, called Termos Dubble Express, wich
had two sopranosingers in the front.
Both groups were recorded on CD.
In the second half of the nineties Termos went back to pure free
improvisation as his main goal (as far as saxophone playing is
concerned) and played intensively with Wiek Hijmans and with Misha
Mengelberg. See Recordings-page.
As a composer Termos wrote music for musicians like
Francis Marie Uitti, Guus Janssen, The Mondriaan Kwartet, Nieuw
Ensemble, Maarten Altena
Ensemble, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, The Volharding and The Radio
cancer took him away from us in 2003. He can be seen as an
inspirational musician, and several composers, like Ron Ford, Peter
Piet-Jan van Rossum and Hans Koolmees dedicated works to his memory.
Look here for Paul's children's