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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.

Gary as a Keynote Speaker

All over the world, Gary offers keynote presentations, consults on music for wellness and facilitates workshops on a variety of subjects including Musical Strategies for Life Transitions, Musical Approaches for “Wholehearted Mindfulness”, Redefining the Sacred, as well as Musical Tools for Enhanced Learning and Creativity.

Having spoken at dozens of Universities and attended many lectures, Gary is an expert in truncating pertinent information to deliver to wide-range of audiences to support their needs.

Here are samples from three of Gary’s keynote speeches.

Gary Malkin and Bruce Cryer clip from “What Makes Your Heart Sing” presentation/performance during 2015 World Wisdom Days — Sedona, AZ

The above video clip is from the 2008 “Cancer as a Turning Point, From Surviving to Thriving” conference in Sacramento.

This above video clip is from Gary’s presentation “Music as Medicine for the Heart and Soul: Reclaiming Music’s Role as a Catalyst for Wellness” given at San Francisco State University’s event, “Future of Healthcare Conference: The Role of Art in Health & Creative Change” in 2014.

For more information on how to hire Gary as a Speaker/Performer – please call: (888) WISDOM 2.

Gary as a Guest (Interview and/or Performer) for TV, Radio, & Media

Gary inspires the world to embrace music as a catalyst for healing, presence and a more meaningful life. He is regularly invited to be interviewed and/or perform for Radio, TV, and media.

Here is a short sample of Gary’s interview for nationally syndicated PBS show Healing Quest…

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To express interest in interviewing Gary, and check on his availability, please call: (888) WISDOM 2.

Gary as a Workshop Creator and/or Artistic Director/Curator for Conferences

Gary can curate custom material for business, retreat centers, or conferences to support their audience in a myriad of personal and professional development methods. When he is the artistic director for conferences, he can surround the ordinary speeches and learning experiences into a magical experience that are much more memorable and impactful than they would have been otherwise.

For example, Gary was the artistic director for the “Global Philanthropy Forum” in Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley, and the “Quest for Global Healing Conference” featuring Desmond Tutu and other Nobel Laureates in Bali, Indonesia.

Gary is particularly excited about three workshops he has recently created and being invited to share in cities around the world:

  1. “SoulSong: Sharing Voices and Hearts” is a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, multi-denominational, and multi-generational community celebration of music, chant, poetry, and ritual that provides a spiritually unifying experience within the context of a secular performance experience that brings people together in a way that can’t easily be forgotten.
  2. “The PrayerSong Process” provides a safe container for you to clear away the past by engaging in an Anticipatory Grief Experience in order to create space for what’s ready to emerge in your life.  Then, you are given time to listen to that which is emerging from you that will help you embody your true purpose at this time.  You then express this intention in the form of a prayer for yourself, and then “clothe” your prayer in the form of personalized chant to weave your emergent prayers and intentions into reality.
  3. “Graceful Passages: Navigating Life’s Transitions with Joy and Flow” is an experience which can help anyone with any transition of their life, from birth to death, and how to utilize such transitions to discover the best in themselves and others.

For more information on how to hire Gary as a Workshop Creator or Artistic Director or Curator of events – please call: (888) WISDOM 2.

Gary as a Composer and Producer

Gary has a life-transforming gift and talent to create unique music and artwork for healing, personal development growth or business tools; as well as producing ground-breaking and world-benefitting films.

Gary creates Custom Audio programs to support businesses, holistic healing, and personal growth. And he owns an Award-Winning Production company, working to launch impactful films and globally-supported movements.

This short video captures the moment when Gary offers his acceptance speech for receiving the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for the Best Original Soundtrack of a Feature-length Documentary Film, for his work on the movie, “Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take?” (produced by Foster and Kimberly Gamble of Clear Compass Media).

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For more information on how to hire Gary as a Composer/Producer – please call: (888) WISDOM 2.

Gary as a Coach and Consultant

Gary has helped many people (artists or not) to make big shifts and changes in their lives that lead to a more wholehearted embrace of their true potential, discovering “What makes their heart sing?”

Additionally, Gary acts as a consultant for individuals, schools, businesses, non-profits, universities, or healthcare institutions that want to integrate innovative body-mind-heart-soul multi-sensory modalities that can accelerate healing, increase satisfaction, create greater ease within any environment and lead to financial benefits for both individuals and organizations.

Gary Malkin and Dalai Lama, post joint presentation at Santa Clara University, February, 2014

Gary Malkin and Dalai Lama, post joint presentation at Santa Clara University, February 2014

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For more information on how to hire Gary as a Coach or as a Consultant – please call: (888) WISDOM 2.

Endorsements and Testimonials

“Wisdom of the World has come up with the next technology of the spirit.”

Deepak Chopra, Bestselling Author and Spiritual Leader

“Gary Malkin served as the Artistic Director for the Quest for Global Healing Conferences in which I served as the keynote speaker. Gary’s creativity is particularly impactful, especially when he spontaneously creates musical strategies in the moment to inspire the participants. I highly recommend Gary for the powerful contributions he can offer.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu,

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Desmond Tutu and Gary Malkin

Author, World-Renowned Spiritual Leader, Author

“Gary Malkin’s work goes right to the heart, providing powerful ways to create inspiration, health and peace within our minds, bodies and souls.  For more than a decade, his work connects me with my soul and inner wisdom, moving me to tears of gratitude. I heartily recommend him for anyone seeking a greater a connection with one’s humanity and one’s sense of meaning.”  

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Bestselling Author and PBS Program Provider

Gary Malkin, founder and CEO of Wisdom of the World, brings music within a learning environment that deepens, accelerating the holistic learning possibilities — beyond just the delivery of the cognitive/intellectual content of 21st century medical information and knowledge. His presence and participation in our Advance Practice of Functional Medicine 3-day seminars has proven that the synesthetic coupling of our words with the tonal additions of his music can penetrate the learning environment to the advantage of our committed healthcare practitioners.  He is also simply a pleasure to work with in our endeavor to change the model for comprehensive care and his enthusiasm for collaboration is healingly infectious.

David S. Jones, MD 

President and Director of Medical Education

“In over 40 years I’ve never experienced any transformational music and media as powerful as the work of Gary Malkin.”

Bob Proctor, Motivational Speaker and Author

“WisdomFilms are musically uplifting, visually stunning, and emotionally transformative. You will come away deeper, stronger, and wiser in the power of your own heart.”

Bruce Cryer, Co-Founder, HeartMath LLC, co-author, From Chaos to Coherence

“When I experience Gary Malkin’s work, I’m reminded of the intimacy between the world of nature ‘out there’ and our own personal realms of imagination. Gary is the musical Hermes, the artist go-between, connecting our deepest selves to the vast world we live in. No service could be more important.”

Thomas Moore, Bestselling Author, “Care of the Soul”

“Gary Malkin has a profoundly moving way of bringing music, culture and meaning together. He appreciates the lofty and the tender, as well as what elicits compassion and what raises the intensity of a moment.  He works with complex conference presentations in ways that bring audiences to an optimal place of engagement.  He is an inspired visionary who brings a warmth and humanity to the task of artistic direction that is contagious in a conference setting.  Be prepared to see people transformed when this particular master is at work!”

James O’Dea, Bestselling Author,

Former President, Institute of Noetic Sciences

“Gary Malkin is an acclaimed and accomplished composer, producer, musician and performer and an extraordinarily talented man. After vast experience as a Hollywood composer he is now on an unshakeable path to make a real difference with his unique talent and vision for a new role the arts can play in our society as a catalytic resource for healing and transformation.  Truly one of the most heart-centered people I know, he’s showing up with an extraordinary commitment to contribute his gifts to the world in meaningful ways.   Gary is a truly wonderful human being. I highly recommend him as a keynote speaker for any engagement that would benefit from an uplifting of the spirit and an opening of the heart!”

Lynne Twist, Founder, Soul of Money Institute

Co-Founder, Pachamama Alliance

“Gary Malkin is a leading-edge thinker and heart-felt composer/producer.  Gary understands the power of music to access the deeper levels of mind, to touch the emotions, and to stimulate visceral responses that all contribute to receptivity and creativity.  Audiences feel the benefit without having to understand the science that underlies their experiences.  Gary, as a speaker or as a musician, is a gift to any event!” 

Susan Highsmith, PhD

Executive, Association of Pre and Peri Natal Psychology

“Gary has the most intuitive and elegant musical sensibility I have ever come across. His ability to compose just the perfect music for the situation is uncanny. His music and his presentations literally make the hair on the back of the neck stand up. And to top it off he is a visionary in his world of musical future thinking. He is a true “muso-trepreneur.”

Denzyl Fiegelson, Senior Creator of Itunes,
Founder, Artists without a Label (Europe)

“As a vital Citizen for Health, you’ll find enormous inspiration in Gary Malkin as a presenter and a creator of powerful, healing media.  Integrating his inspiring WisdomFilms™ in your daily life will give you optimism about the possibilities for natural healing and positive content to play a more prominent role in American media.”

Jim Turner, CEO, Citizens For Health

“The healing effect of Gary Malkin’s work on our mind/body cannot be overestimated. His remarkable work touches us where it matters most.”

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Author, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

“In these troubled times, people are starving for connection and meaning.  Gathering together people from diverse faiths and backgrounds for the purpose of healing is to engage in a life-generating act that is deeply nourishing and revitalizing.  SoulSong creates a place for us to come together in song – with our pain, our uncertainty, and our longing for peaceful communion –  so that we can be embraced in the Grace of sweet music, healing poems, chants and prayers, feeling connected with a joint vision of a more compassionate world.  It has been my deep pleasure to be a part of Gary Malkin’s SoulSong experience, to lend my music and my voice to this extraordinary collaboration with kindred artists! Sing on and fly high.”

Melanie DeMore, Vocal Activist

“There is so much more to the realm of the soul than we have any idea. Most of us find it nearly impossible to directly experience the depth of our souls merely through words or intellectual thought. Since the human soul thrives within the lyrical, we need to allow ourselves to roam into non-linear terrain to be inspired, surrender, reconnect, and emerge refreshed so we might live in this world with a deeper wisdom. When we can experience SoulSong’s synthesis of music, poetry, chant, and silence while in the unifying context of community- we feel called to “come home” from the very heart of our souls.  While participating in Gary Malkin’s SoulSong event, our combined prayers form an amplified field in which the walls of ‘you’ and ‘I” dissolve. We enter a state of unity through the exquisite gift of the arts that drench us in beauty. Thank you Gary, master musician and orchestrator, for bringing SoulSong to our community so that we may walk back into this world more alive, awake, inspired, and compassionate.” 

Miranda MacPherson, Spiritual Teacher

“Gary Malkin provided the musical inspiration at the Quest for Global Healing Conferences in Bali, Indonesia, where I served as the keynote speaker. Gary’s creativity is particularly moving, especially when he spontaneously creates music as an accompaniment to ritual and prayer. I highly recommend Gary for the healing balm his music offers.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“When I listen to Gary Malkin’s music, I’m reminded of the intimacy between the world of nature ‘out there’ and our own personal realms of imagination. Gary is the musical Hermes, the artist go-between, connecting our deepest selves to the vast world we live in. No service could be more important.”

Thomas Moore, Bestselling Author of “Care of the Soul”

“Gary Malkin is unsurpassed in his capacity to use music as a healing art, particularly in live settings with both small and large groups of people. With him music comes alive as a catalyst for transformation.

Jim Garrison, President, Wisdom University

“I believe that Gary Malkin’s work represents an innovation in the field of accelerated educational tools for social intelligence. Gary’s use of music as it dynamically supports the assimilation of cognitive content, expressed by the world’s humanitarian visionaries, provides a contemplative listening and viewing experience that hastens the propensity for the “Relaxation Response”. I believe his work represents a new benchmark in the use of music for creating emotional and spiritual coherence.”

Cheri L. Florance, Ph.D.
President, Brain Engineering Laboratories
Brain & Communication Researcher, National Institutes of Health

“Gary’s work will add significantly to any project you’re working on that needs to reach people through the heart!”

Bruce Cryer, CEO, HeartMath


Gary Malkin’s music is a deep experience of essence, a remembering of our direct connection with all that is.”

Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

The power of Wisdom of the World’s work rests on what their experiential modality actually achieves, which is a measurable and repeatable elevation of the human heart.  Their expert selection of speakers has the ability to reflect on spiritual topics from deeply integrated wells of experience, after much time spent in the contemplation of truth. Their ability to elicit and capture vocal reflection from that integrated place within the speaker is critical to the contagion of their medium. I believe Wisdom of the World has created a multi-dimensional catalyst for states of consciousness which, when repeatedly and habitually experienced, expands the human capacity for compassion, generosity, altruism, forgiveness, and a host of life-enhancing capacities and behaviors.  I highly recommend Wisdom of the World’s work as worthy of being more extensively researched and developed as a significant cultivation tool for spiritual maturity and behavioral cultivation.”

Dr. Courtney Cowart, Th. D.
Author, An American Awakening

“Gary Malkin has a profoundly moving way of bringing spirit, music, culture and meaning together. He appreciates the lofty and the tender, as well as what elicits compassion and what raises the intensity of a moment.  He works with complex conference presentations in ways that bring audiences to an optimal place of engagement.  He is an inspired visionary who brings a warmth and humanity to the task of artistic direction that is contagious in a conference setting.  Be prepared to see people transformed when this particular master is at work!”

James O’Dea, President, Institute of Noetic Sciences

“Gary has the most intuitive and elegant musical sensibility I have ever come across. His ability to compose just the perfect music for the situation is uncanny. His music literally makes the hair on the back of the neck stand up. And to top it off he is a visionary in his world of musical future thinking. He is a true “muso-trepreneur.”

Denzyl Fiegelson, Architect of Itunes, Founder of Artists Without a Label

The tragedy of trauma is not so much the trauma itself but that the traumatic experience creates a devastating disconnection within us from our “knowing self”and from our other internal resources.  Wisdom of the World’s media resources produce a meditative state through the use of multiple sources – visual, auditory, and intellectual that triggers the brain into a natural and organic response that allows us to reprocess and shift from a singular and often a negative perception of a situation or event into a more substantial, healthy, useful and accurate perspective of a situation.

Wisdom of the World, delivering work by its founder, Gary Malkin, creates media experiences that communicate to us in a myriad of ways; cognitive, emotional, visual, auditory, through the central nervous system and on a cellular level creating new and expansive possibilities that help to heal and support a growing peace and universal understanding in our lives. Imagine all of this!… and it is all supported by our current knowledge now available from neuroscience and quantum physics.

Stephen Paul Adler, Ph.D. B.C.E.P.T.S. CGP
Founder Global Institute for Trauma Resolution

“Gary Malkin is a master composer, performer, public speaker, and producer of music who powerfully draws an audience deep into their core. He has an uncanny ability to know what will bring forth a deeper listening from the audience so that profound communication and relatedness becomes the norm. Gary understands how to collaborate well, designing potent ways in which the performing arts can open hearts in just the right way – whether in large conferences or intimate gatherings. I heartily recommend Gary for any project that intends to truly move and inspire its audience. Gary does it brilliantly with grace, elegance and remarkable skill.” 

Lynne Twist, Author, The Soul of Money; Co-Founder, Pachamama Alliance

“Gary’s work will add significantly to any project you’re working on that needs to reach people through the heart!”

Bruce Cryer, CEO, HeartMath

“I strongly believe that the breadth, scope and content of Gary’s Wisdom of the World project provides an immense benefit for all individuals of the greater human family. For many years now, people all across the country have often mentioned to me how Gary’s musical creations have moved them deeply and released them to their wholeness. Gary’s work is not just beautiful, but inspiring and liberating. Gary’s newest project, which combines contemplative music, authentic spoken word, and deeply moving visuals, promises to have historic healing capabilities. I wholeheartedly support his work.”

John Robbins, Bestselling Author, Diet for a New America