Gary Malkin is a multiple Emmy award-winning composer, public speaker, and music and health innovator who empowers the world to embrace musical strategies for health, wellness, optimal performance, and a connection to what matters most.
He is dedicated to redefining music’s role in society’s institutions, with a particular focus on developing music-infused psychosocial resources for those traversing life’s significant transitions. He has spent the last twenty years developing “alchemical wisdom,” a genre that sets spoken wisdom to customized music so that we might to fully listen to life-enhancing wisdom — not just with our minds, but with our hearts and souls as well. His latest innovation in this arena involves collaborations with Sarah McCrum, a world-class business coach, author, and consultant, in unique, extemporaneous spoken word and music transmissions called Transformances. (www.Transformance.global)
His globally-acclaimed palliative classic, Graceful Passages, co-created with the award-winning team Michael and Doris Stillwater, has touched nearly a million people worldwide, offering support for those facing all phases of the end-of-life process. This creative team went on to develop the Care for the Journey programs, widely embraced to support healthcare providers facing the challenges of compassion, fatigue, and stress. Gary and Michael were awarded the 2005 Elisabeth Kubler Ross Award in acknowledgement of their contribution to the End-of-Life field, along with visionaries Frank Ostaseski and Joan Halifax.
Gary’s groundbreaking short-form contemplative films, WisdomFilms, were developed to provide widespread access to contemplative experiences through biophila-infused visual media, available worldwide on the cable channel, Gaia TV. As Music Director of the Arts in Health design company, Aesthetic Audio Systems, Gary has been invited to curate his healing media within a unique platform called the Rejuvenation Station™, providing private stress-reducing “serenity pods” equipped with these media resources to support renewal for healthcare providers on the front lines of care.
Continuing to focus on utilizing musical strategies in support of life transitions of another kind, Gary co-authored the award-winning CD/Book, Safe in the Arms of Love, with world class sound healer, Lisa Rafel, and clinical psychologist/corporate leadership coach, David Surrenda, Ph.D. In response to the latest research demonstrating the dramatic benefits from attachment bonding for pre- and peri-natal care, they joined together to create resources and experiences that could strengthen the essential bond between parents and newborns. This team is currently developing a social impact musical theatre production entitled: Can You Hear Me Baby? slated to be staged in professional theatres by 2022.
Gary has received standing ovations for his “keynote performances” at Houston Methodist Hospital, Stanford Health, Google, Harvard’s Conference on Spirituality and Health, and UCSF Medical Center, among many others. He’s been featured numerous times on the national PBS TV series, Healing Quest, a show for which he’s also created the theme. Often invited to present to New Thought faith-based communities nationally, he is often featured as music and wellness expert on international webinars and conferences hosted by organizations such as the Global Institute for Evolving Women, The Shift Network, and the Institute for Functional Medicine, to name a few.
Gary is passionate about how music can transform levels of engagement in life conferences and events, and has been hired as an Artistic Director/Arts Curator for organizations and conferences such as the Global Philanthropy Fund, The Institute for Noetic Sciences, the European Transformational Teachers Group, and Attitude Healing International. He is also dedicated to broadening the mindfulness movement for corporate and healthcare culture by utilizing the healing power of music to advance the concept of “heart-centered mindfulness,” empowered by his long-time friend and often collaborative partner, Bruce Cryer, one of the original founders of HeartMath, LLC, who served as CEO for many years. His collaborative relationship with renowned nursing author and theorist Jean Watson has also been a powerful relationship that has brought Gary’s life-enhancing tools to support and sustain the heart and soul of nursing work throughout the world. Finally, his relationship with the world-class corporate leadership coach, Jeff Patnaude, (The Wingspan Foundation), has brought forth multi-sensory educational tools for companies such as Cisco through their project, The Habits of Heroes: Twelve Habits for the Greater Good.
Gary received a Hollywood Music in Media Award for the most viewed documentary ever, Thrive, seen by 90 million people in 27 languages. The producers, Foster and Kimberly Gamble, commissioned him to create the sequel’s soundtrack, slated to be released in late 2020.
Gary is proud to be a longstanding resident musician for Grace Cathedral’s popular Labyrinth Yoga Project in San Francisco, improvising on piano and voice for avid multi-faith practitioners for the most inclusive yoga class on the planet. Along with the acclaimed author and TEDx speaker, Clint G. Rogers, Ph.D. as CEO, Gary founded his life-enhancing company, Wisdom of the World Wellness, to harness the transformative power of music to live a healthy, mindful, and meaningful life. For more information, go to WisdomoftheWorld.com or call (888) 947-3662.