Gary Malkin is an award-winning composer and professional speaker who inspires the world to embrace music as a catalyst for healing, presence and a more meaningful life. His groundbreaking work redefines the role of the arts in all aspects of society, including healthcare, education and corporate America.
A multiple Emmy, Clio, and ASCAP award recipient, Gary has spent three decades composing music for film, television, commercials and socially responsible documentaries. Through the media production company Musaic, Gary and longtime partner Dan Alvarez continue to produce award-winning music in the entertainment industry. Recent projects include the score for Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take?, as seen by more than 20 million people in 27 languages; Pangea Day; Awakening the Dreamer; and numerous documentaries and socially responsible productions. Thrive’s film score recently received Best Score honors from the Hollywood Music in Media Association.
Through his life-affirming global production company Wisdom of the World, he spearheads innovative solutions targeted at many of the challenges facing our society, primarily to catalyze greater mindfulness, health, wellness and emotional intelligence. He has worked intimately with the healthcare industry to integrate music into their healing strategies to provide meaningful multi-sensory tools such as his acclaimed CD Graceful Passages, which offers aesthetic ways to face our mortality with greater mindfulness, presence, and compassion. Co-produced with Michael Stillwater, Graceful Passages is an indispensable resource for people working with hospice and palliative care, cancer centers and anyone coping with loss or other challenging transitions.
Dedicated to using the arts to cultivate healing and mindfulness, his WisdomFilms project is a collaboration with renowned cinematographers such as David Fortney and Louie Schwartzberg, that offers an empowering new genre that helps us de-stress and align our hearts and minds. These films feature the words of leading global thinkers such as Deepak Chopra, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Desmond Tutu, Thich Nath Hanh, and Ram Das.
Through the media production company Musaic, Gary and longtime partner Dan Alvarez continue to produce award-winning music in the entertainment industry. Recent projects include the score for Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take?, as seen by more than 20 million people in 27 languages; Pangea Day; Awakening the Dreamer; and numerous documentaries and socially responsible productions. Thrive’s film score recently received Best Score honors from the Hollywood Music in Media Association.
In 2011, Gary co-authored the groundbreaking book and CD set Safe in the Arms of Love with David Surrenda, Ph.D. and Lisa Rafel. The project shows audiences how to utilize music to enhance the bond between parent and child. What Makes Your Heart Sing, Gary’s collaboration with Bruce Cryer, is a crucial tool for health care providers and leaders who want to connect more fully with themselves and those they serve. The project establishes passion and purpose as powerful vehicles for success in all areas of life.
Constantly reinventing new ways in which music and media can serve others, he co-created the audio series, Care for the Journey, featuring such luminaries as Christiane Northrup and Rachel Naomi Remen. He also co-authored the award-winning Safe in the Arms of Love which focuses on using music to support the early bonding process.
Gary teaches corporations how to embrace music as a tool for increased productivity, emotional EQ and mindfulness. He recently collaborated with World Business Academy’s Founder Rinaldo Brutoco and filmmaker Louie Schartzberg on a new corporate media genre, Living Legacies, to promote greater sustainability and humane values in the business community.
An in-demand professional speaker and performer, Gary delivers customized presentations at events ranging from executive meetings and corporate retreats to clinics and national conferences. He has presented his vision of using music for social intelligence at places such as Google, Harvard’s Conference on Spirituality and Health, Kaiser Permanente, and The Institute for Functional Medicine. He has been featured by PBS, the Huffington Post and national radio and television programs.
Gary was recently invited to serve as the Director for Music and Sound Strategies for one of the country’s leading long term care management companies, The Goodman Group in order to develop new music-infused resources for the needs of the aging community. He now serves as a consultant to healthcare and long term care communities for the integration of music and wellness strategies for beneficial outcomes for patients, caregivers and families. Whether inspiring audiences, creating media that opens people’s hearts, or developing healing resources, Gary is dedicated to using music to reconnect us to what matters most.