Gary Remal Malkin
Born and raised in New York, Gary Remal Malkin has been playing the piano since the age of four, composing since twelve, and producing and composing professionally since 1978. During high school, he studied composition and drama at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and went on to study piano and composition at USC and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition, Malkin did post-graduate work at San Francisco State University, studied jazz arranging and orchestration with Dick Grove and attended the renowned Ali Akbar College in Northern California, focusing on his interest in ethno- musicology under the tutelage of Ali Akbar Khan.
Malkin's formal training provides a solid foundation for his versatility and continuously evolving style. With elements of orchestral, funk, rhythm and blues, jazz and ethnic world music, his broad musical palette defies categorization. He is equally comfortable with state-of-the-art computer technology and acoustic instruments, effortlessly blending the two to give his compositions added dimension, depth and emotion.
In his professional career, Malkin has achieved major success as a composer for film and television, with a wide spectrum of credits attesting to his versatility. He has created original music for internationally distributed feature films, network and cable television series and documentaries, and more than 1000 television commercials. He also has contributed his talents to a wide range of causes and socially responsible projects. The quality of Malkin's musical works has not gone unnoticed. He has received a number of prestigious awards. Among them, the highlights include ASCAP Film and Television Awards, four Emmys, a Cine Golden Eagle, a Joey, and grand prizes in Best of the West, the NY Film and Television Awards and the ADDY's.
Driven by an urge to find his own voice of expression, Malkin decided to actively pursue success as a solo artist in the early 1990s. He completed a film soundtrack, Thousand Pieces of Gold, which he felt had potential as a solo project but needed additional music. The Music of the Great Smoky Mountains was the first album conceived as a solo album from the start and with it, Malkin realized the fulfillment of his childhood dreams -- finding his true identity as a solo artist. This album, third in Real Music's best-selling National Parks Seriesô, gave Malkin the opportunity to express larger-than-life themes while revisiting some of the most inspirational moments from his past. It proved to be the perfect project, offering inspiration in its themes and addressing the artist's reverence for the earth and the environment. In his expression, Malkin created an album that is both impressionistic and evocative, with a collection of songs that embody the grandeur and heritage to be found in one of America's great wild places.
Although he has embarked upon a new direction as a solo artist, Malkin continues to work in film and television. He is the principal composer and producer of the Remal Music Group, a San Francisco and Los Angeles based company that creates original music for films, television programs and commercials. Malkin currently resides in Northern California with his wife and daughter.
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