Gary Malkin is an award-winning media composer, public speaker, and music and health innovator who inspires the world to embrace music as a catalyst for healing, mindfulness and a more meaningful life. His work redefines the role music and sound strategies can play in healthcare, education, mindfulness programs, and corporate America. A multiple Emmy, Clio, and ASCAP award recipient, Gary was a veteran composer of music for film, television, commercials, and socially responsible documentaries, preparing him to develop innovative musical solutions for many of the social and health challenges facing our society. Since 1998, Gary has been developing music-infused resources to support people while facing life’s significant transitions with greater compassion, emotional equanimity, and what he refers to as “wholehearted mindfulness”. His globally acclaimed audio resource, Graceful Passages, (co-created with Michael Stillwater) has touched over 500,000 people worldwide, providing more compassionate choices for those facing the end-of-life process. In 2011, he co-authored Safe in the Arms of Love, offering another award-winning CD/Book to share more empowering choices for parents during the process of pregnancy and birthing. Out of this book has emerged a social impact musical theatre production entitled “Can You Hear Me Baby: Stories about Sex, Love, and OMG Birth!, co-created with music and healing professional, Lisa Rafel, and psychologist, David Surrenda, Ph.D.
Constantly seeking new ways in which music and media can be utilized for health-enhancing purposes, he co-created a listening stress-reduction curriculum for caregivers called Care for the Journey, featuring an array of healthcare luminaries such as Christiane Northrup, Rachel Naomi Remen, and well-known nursing theorist Jean Watson. He also has created a contemplative film genre called WisdomFilms™ (now available worldwide on Gaia TV and Hulu) which embeds wisdom, music and breathtaking nature images to disseminate inspiring messages from leading global thought leaders such as Deepak Chopra, Desmond Tutu, and Thich Nath Hanh for greater mindfulness and stress reduction during these overwhelming times.
Serving as a consultant to integrate these life-transition resources for optimal outcomes in pre and perinatal care, long term care, wellness, as well as hospice and palliative care communities, he has presented his “keynote performances” at institutions and conferences hosted by Google, Harvard’s Conference on Spirituality and Health, Scripps Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and The Institute for Functional Medicine, the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, and many others. He’s been featured multiple times on the national PBS TV series, Healing Quest, and is heard on many talk shows and teleseminars promoting a deeper understanding of the power of music for optimal health and what he calls “Transition Literacy”. He also recently invited to be the lead guest lecturer for the Wisdom School for Graduate Studies New Chartres Academy at Chartres Cathedral, France, to offer presentations and workshops on “Music as a Path to the Divine” alongside renowned author/mystic Andrew Harvey, scholar Jim Garrison, and Drama Therapist Peggy Rubin.
Gary is especially proud to be collaborating with former HeartMath CEO, Bruce Cryer in “What Makes Your Heart Sing” a dynamic multi-media presentation that promotes the importance of designing our lives around touch, move, and inspire us most. In 2016 Gary launched his successful new concert/ritual series, SoulSong: Sharing Voices and Hearts. This ritual/performance experience, which can be produced anywhere in the world, brings together extraordinary performing talent to honor important issues and themes so that communities of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and faiths can come together for a shared spiritual community celebration, building cross-cultural bridges and bonds for a healthier, peaceful and life enhancing future for all. Whether delighting audiences, creating media that opens people’s hearts, or developing healing, music-infused resources, Gary is a master of using music and media to reconnect us to what matters most.