Paul Hage & Mirage is a live performance and original jazz group. They create an exciting and progressive sound, using a unique mix of modern and world instruments.
Paul Joseph Hage is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer, creating new and tasteful recordings that encompass elements of smooth and contemporary jazz, nuevo flamenco, Mediterranean-middle eastern, and world pop music. Live performances also incorporate new arrangements of classic rock, pop and R&B favorites.
Paul’s main instruments are guitar, keyboard, oud, and the derbaki (darbuka) drum, which he is considered one of the top players of this instrument in the country.
Paul earned an MFA, Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University at Buffalo in Documentary Film production, and a Bachelors of Science from Syracuse University’s famed Newhouse School of Communications, majoring in media production, and a minor in music history.
Many of Paul’s documentaries focus on his interest in public health and the environment, and have been featured at conferences throughout the world, including the WHO-World Expo in Shanghai China, World Cardiology Congress, WCOTH Singapore, and the American Public Health Association-APHA Global Film Festival, and many more.
Paul’s main musical influence was his father Antoine Hage, who was a virtuoso Oud player, violinist, composer, and singer. Antoine worked with famous and legendary artists of the middle east, such as Fairouz and Wadih El Safi, as well as Danny Thomas here in the US in the 1950s-1960’s. Antoine’s band was the featured performer for the King Tut national exhibition when exhibited in California. Paul’s parents Antoine and Teresa, opened the famous Hajji Baba Restaurants starting in 1961 in Syracuse NY, and in San Diego from 1969-2003! These acclaimed and endearing supper clubs featured Lebanese food, live folkloric music, singing, and dancing every week. It was in this environment that Paul performed from the age of 11, and learned many unique scales, rhythms, and genres of music.
Paul is currently working on a new album, slated for release in mid 2018!
Dan Innes is Mirage’s rhythm guitar, bass, and electric guitar player! A Buffalo native, Dan studied at the State University of New York at Fredonia earning a Bachelors of Arts in audio production, and works as a sound engineer in commercial and VR production.
Hicham Mihab, originally from Morocco, now living in Buffalo, is a multi-percussionist playing cajon, bongos, and djembe for the bands live performances.
Mirage can be seen playing frequently in fine venues across Western and Upstate New York and Ontario Canada.