Paul Sottnik

can often be found performing at restaurants, living rooms and bars as well as accompanying dancers in ballet studios. Between gigs as music director or accompanist he writes songs about familiar things like coffee, gardening, mythical creatures or the military industrial complex. He lives in Chicago, studied piano at SUNY Fredonia, is a multi-instrumentalist and recently joined local band "Trust This Ghost".


Chicago, Il

631 624 1995


creating projects since 2015


“Ballad of Left and Crabbe” (Workshop) Understudy Theater 2019

“Barney the Elf” Pride Arts Center 2018

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Buffalo’s Theater of Youth 2017

“Guys and Dolls” 17’ and “Beauty and the Beast” 18’ at Catherine O’hara HS

“Beauty and the Beast” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Please Change”  Cobblestone Arts Center 2017

“Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” 16’ at Theater in the Mist

"420 The Musical" 2016 and 2017


Common Conservatory Chicago, IL

Visceral Dance Center Chicago, IL

Ruth Page Center for the Arts Chicago, IL

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, IL

Chicago High Scool for the Arts

Hyde Park School of Dance Chicago, IL

Chicago Ballet Arts

Dance Works Chicago

Ballet Chicago

University of Buffalo (2016-2018)


Mela Ensemble

Trust This Ghost Chicago, IL

Ponder Buffalo, NY

The Everythingness Buffalo, NY

Bobby Skrzypek and the Pedestrians Western, NY

All'amore Jamestown, NY


810 Meadworks Medina, NY

Bucktown Garden Festival (2019) Chicago, IL

Caffeine Underground NYC

Daily Planet Cafe Buffalo, NY

Davenport's Piano Bar Chicago, IL

Erie Maritime Museum Erie, PA

Funk and Waffles Syracuse, NY

Gallery Cabaret Chicago, IL 

Infringement Festival (2017) Buffalo, NY

La Macchina Evanston, IL

Lot 10 Ithica, NY

Merge Buffalo, NY

Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY

Mojo's Jamestown, NY

Nietzche's Buffalo, NY

Parish Public House Albany, NY

Pausa Art House Buffalo, NY

Petterino's Chicago, IL

Piano's NYC

Radio Bean Burlington, VT

Slyfest (2017) Western New York

Starry Night Cafe Rochester, NY

Stone Church Nermarket, NH

Sylvie's Chicago, IL

The 9th Ward Buffalo, NY

The Basement Long Island, NY

The Bug Jar Rochester, NY

The Cavern Toronto, ON

The Elbo Room Chicago, IL

The Gypsy Parlour Buffalo, NY

Uncommon Ground Chicago, IL

Wine on Hertal Buffalo, NY


"Before We Go..." by Trust This Ghost 2020

"Mela Two" 2019

"The Everythingness" 2017

"Mela" 2016

"Gin and Yonic" by Yonic 2015

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