Gary Edwards is a composer of classical, musical theater and film music based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He has also written jazz, rock/pop, R&B gospel and country music. His music has been performed in ensembles from Washington to Argentina, Russia and other countries and he has played with both the Spokane and Louisville Symphonies. One of his goals has always been to bring different cultures and people together with his music.

Gary has written eight musicals, one opera and three screenplays as well as two concertos and hundreds of pieces of music.  He recently produced a Tribute to Mildred Bailey concert and transcribed and conducted all the music. He was the Playwright/Composer in Residence for the Ignite Theater in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Gary's acclaimed album, Wataino, features co-writer Orlando Sanchez, virtuoso hand-percussion player who has performed with such stars as Stevie Wonder, Donna Summers and who produced music for Disney World for years. Find out more about Gary's Music. Questions? Contact Gary. 


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Gary's news and blog

Gary A. Edwards Update 9/5/2021  

As you know, last year, I scored a soundtrack for a movie called Mistaken Moves written and directed by Jimmy Cullors. There was a delay starting the editing because the editor was in a car wreck and seriously injured. Jimmy asked me to be on the company’s Board of Directors so I am looking forward to our first Zoom Board soon. My specialty will be the music part of the business and also I have several scripts ready to shoot. 

I joined a website called Broadjam.  On this site, they list people who are looking for music and for about $20 a month I get to send pitches to about eight of the listings. In the first month, I got one bite and a contract offer from Munchkin Music to pitch my music called The Gypsy Tango to film and video sources wanting to pay for sync licensing for my music. Hopefully, this will be the path to monetize my efforts at composing original music. 

We finished shooting a film intended for a YouTube series called Across Bank Street. I played the part of the grim reaper in the film. I went to visit the Director Nancy Hanks this week and looked at the footage. I was surprised at how good the shooting of my scenes appeared. Nancy and I started working on the music. We would come to a section, decide to input music, discuss the mood, the instrumentation, the tempo, and similar pieces of music and then I would write a short melody and bass line with my laptop and Finale 27. Then, I would take the laptop home and fill in the two minutes or so of music for the section. The agreement we have is that I would keep the rights to the song and be able to use the music with other projects. 

I finished recording 10 songs for a bilingual Spanish/English music CD that I wrote. The sound engineer, Dan Lewis, that I have been working with for years has a computer system that just died. We decided we had enough songs (10) to release a music CD and I’m just waiting for the artist (from Venezuela) named Reinaldo Gil Zambrano who teaches art at Eastern Washington University to provide the artwork for the cover. I’m trying to think of a bilingual title to fit the roster of songs, some of which are romantic, some light easy listening Latin jazz and some of which are Mexican polkas and humorous songs based on my experiences in Mexico and Chile and the US connected with Spanish speaking groups. 

I have been producing a show featuring Cecilia Curtis singing songs made famous by Mildred Bailey a hundred years ago for the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino, for the last three years. We have a show coming up in Worley on September 12th. I transcribed the music for 15 songs and now I’m just producing the show, getting the band together, not performing. 

I received an email from Steven Friel, jazz professor at Eastern Washington University who says the Wataino music concert has been postponed again to the winter quarter of 2023.

I had a new experience the other night modeling for a sculpting class by Cheryl Metcalf. The project was to sculpt my head from the neck up. I liked the results so well that I bought a permanent version. 

I have been interviewed for two Podcasts recently. I am posting one of the podcasts by John P. MaGuirk on my website blog dated 9/5/2021. It is an hour long interview featuring me talking about my music projects and telling funny stories about my work as a composer. Please enjoy it. 


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New bilingual music CD needs name. 

Hello, I've finished 10 songs for my bilingual English/Spanish CD. I'm trying to think of a title for it. I've thought of Spangish - but that sounds too humorous. I've thought of Canciones Bilngues with an umlaut over the u. I want to convey that it's a music CD sung in English and Spanish, that it's a serious CD although there are a couple of humorous songs in it about a Chupacabra and another one about a gabacho who understands Spanish, etc.  There's an uplifting positive song about Puerto Rico that could become an anthem for the state territory and another very romantic song called "Estaré Allí (I'll Be There.) Please help me name my next CD and if I choose your title I will put your name in the credits and send you a free copy.

Gary A. Edwards Music Update 5/6/2021   

Hello. I hope you’re enjoying fine spring weather. We are completely inoculated against the Coronavirus and have been resuming in-person activities such as going to church and occasional dining out. Here’s the latest news. 

Jimmy Cullors told me that he has finished shooting the movie Mistaken Moves in Las Vegas and will be editing it shortly. He had previously told me that he had tentatively accepted about 50 pieces of my original music for the soundtrack so I am very excited to see how that turns out. 

I received word from the Memphis Musicians Union that they are happy to hear that I am working with Paula Newberry as she establishes her Rainbow Opera Company and that we are going to premiere my opera Qualchan and Whistalks. The plan now is to get grants and donations and we are brainstorming when and where to produce the opera, depending on how the fundraising turns out. 

My new CD Spanglish is coming along quite well. My singer, Cuban-American Ivana Cespedes has recorded three of my original bilingual songs including Estaré Allí, Steppin’ Out and The Gypsy Tango Rock. She is currently getting ready to record a fourth song I wrote called El Gabacho Habla Español. This is a funny song about four instances when people made disparaging comments about me before they realized I could speak Spanish.  

For instance, I was flirting with a very pretty young girl on a bus in Chile one time when the conductor told me I had to move to my assigned seat. I told him “No comprendo.” He finally gave up and went away and I proceeded to flirt fluently with the young lady who appreciated my subterfuge. She told me she had been in a mass demonstration in Santiago, Chile the day before protesting Yankee imperialism. I made a date with her for later, but had to stand her up, so I’m sure that reinforced her hatred of gringos. 

Anyway, I have enough bilingual songs that I will probably make one CD that is serious and romantic and another CD that contains songs with Spanish jokes and puns. 

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and the Unity Church with Julie Croteau as music director will be featuring 11 year old Ellie singing two children’s songs I wrote; Happy Mother’s Day and God Is Everywhere. You can tune in the livestream service at UnityCenter.org and watch. 

Happy May everyone. 

Gary A. Edwards

Mijo es un bromista 

Here's a little story about that time my son and and I were eating at a Mexican Restaurant in Vegas. Gotta watch out for him, he's a real prankster.

Conduct Yourself 

Conductors have an important job to do, after all, they have to wrangle a bunch of cats to coordinate music with a large number of people. But sometimes, they can be real sour-pusses. These, are their stories.

Hey Baldy Holiday Hiatus 

After a string of technical difficulties and Christmas around the corner, Wade and I decided that we will not be streaming the Hey Baldy show this week. The good news is you won't have to miss the exciting conclusion to the Christmas on the Concourse production however, it's posted for you down below. We both would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and we'll be back in action come the new year! 

Stealing The Mona Lisa 

All the world's a stage, and we are merely players... or something like that. This week I had the thrill of my life when I met with one of my colleagues, Claude Solnik and his theatrical team to organize a work that we had written together some time ago, a work dubbed Stealing the Mona Lisa. Over the course of roughly 3 hours, we went through the first table read and afterward discussed what worked, what didn't, and what could be improved. I've gotta had it to Jonathan Fox and his wife, they blew me away with their readings as well as their singing! I am very much looking forward to the day when we bring it to the stage!

Professional Relationships 

The consequences of not sleeping with your supervisor can have potential pitfalls... lucky for me I saw it coming! This week on Sit-down Comedy, I'll tell you a story about reverse sexual harassment.

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