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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, Reflections, features Tom Stryker, virtuoso touring harmonica player (Hohner rep) playing light jazz, easy listening and light classical tunes and focuses on the theme of reflecting on life and it’s meaning. Find our more about Gary's Music. Questions? Contact Gary. 

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 2/14/19 – Qualchan History Lecture – Qualchan Opera Update - Happy Valentine’s Day–Orlando Sanchez CD Update –  Qualchan at EWU   

Qualchan History Lecture – I will be giving a history talk about Qualchan at the Democrat Club at the  Iron Horse Restaurant on March 8th from 12 pm to 1 pm. The focus will be on the research I conducted about Qualchan, considered the bravest warrior in the Yakama Nation and confederated tribes in the Pacific Northwest Wars from 1855 to 1858. You are all welcome to attend. 

Qualchan Opera Update –I have been accepted by Fractured Atlas.com who serves as my non-profit Fiscal Sponsor. I started a fundraising project to raise money to produce my Qualchan Opera in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene. I would like to ask individuals to help in what I call my Give Me Five program, by donating $5.00 or more, and corporations to donate $500 or more to my project at this link https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=18525 Again, the goal is to produce the premiere performance of my Qualchan Opera and get a videotape of the performance. 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones. If you’re looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate I would recommend Sargent’s in Hayden. I proposed to my wife 43 years ago tonight and I would do the same all over again. 

Orlando Sanchez CD Update – Orlando Sanchez is a great Latin percussionist who has played with Stevie Wonder, The Backstreet Boys, Donna Summers and others and worked for years in music production at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We have finished writing ten songs together and sketched out the melodies which feature the Indigenous Taino Caribbean Indian tribe style of music. The plan is that Orlando will take the melodies we wrote and go to Florida in April, lay out the tracks with his musical friends including the drummer for Marc Anthony and bring back the finished CD to Spokane for a release around May or June. 

Qualchan at EWU -Remember, there will be an abridged performance of my Qualchan Opera at Eastern Washington University on April 5th, 2019 at 7 pm at the school of music. 

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Yours,  

Gary A. Edwards 

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Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 1/26/19 –Happy New Year– Orlando Sanchez CD News – Marandos Restaurant Review -Roma Review -Apocalypto Review - Qualchan Opera Update  

Happy New Year to you and your families. I hope this year is better than the last. 

Marandos Restaurant Review – We went to this Mexican Restaurant at 11420 E. Sprague (Sprague and Bowdish) last Friday and ate great food and listened to great live music. First of all, each plate was enough to feed three people, so be prepared to ask for a doggy bag. Secondly, the food was delicious. Thirdly, the music featured Latin Jazz by Orlando Sanchez' band, a Latin percussion player who has performed with Stevie Wonder and several other famous stars. On Friday nights you can dance to this salsa and jazz band from 7 to 11 pm and then a DJ spins out dance tunes. 

Orland Sanchez CD –Speaking of Orlando Sanchez, we met about a year ago and started hanging out and going to jam sessions. For example, on Tuesday nights you can generally find us at the RoxieTavern in Hillyard listening and playing most genres of music from 7 to 10 pm. There’s a lot of very good talent and you never know who is going to show up. Orlando and I have been working on a music CD with a blend of Latin, Jazz and Puerto Rican Taino Indian musical elements. We have outlined eight songs so far.  The plan is that Orlando will take our melodic outlines to Orlando, Florida in April 2019 and with other great musicians blend the music into a final music CD, still untitled. 

Roma Movie Review – We watched this film on Netlix even though it was just released. It is a beautiful movie about the daily ups and downs in the life of a maid in an upper middle class family in Mexico. I thought it was an old movie because it is in black and white. Another interesting film technique is that they only use one camera in each scene and it follows the action of each scene in a single shot, which is a nice break from multiple cameras used in most contemporary films that cut to a different camera every three seconds or so. The dialogue is in Spanish with English subtitles.  

Apocalypto Review –This movie was co-produced and co-written by Mel Gibson.  The dialogue is in an approximation of the Mayan language with English sub-titles. It starts off showing a jungle tribe hunting and having fun, joking about the lack of procreation success of one of the hunters, who takes it in stride. But the movie quickly turns dark, violent and bloody as Aztec Invaders attack the peaceful villagers and murder many and carry off several captives into slavery. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the movie, but this one is also worth seeing to get a feeling for what life was like before the Spanish conquistadores arrived. 

Qualchan Opera Update – Here is a recent classified ad I wrote for Opera Magazine, an international music magazine based in London.   Graduate of Indiana University School of Music seeking  theater company to produce new Qualchan Opera about the bravest warrior of the Yakama Nation who is in love with Whist-alks but their romance is threatened by encroaching settlers and Army. There is a condensed version at Eastern Washington University on April 5th, 2019 at 7 pm at the school of music. 

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Yours,  

Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 12/25/18 Merry Christmas– Happy New Year - Mildred Bailey Tribute update– The Kominsky Method Series Review – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Review  

Merry Christmas to everyone and their families. One of the highlights of 2018 was producing and directing the Mildred Bailey Show at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in November. Another highlight is preparing for Eastern Washington University School of music performing excerpts from my Qualchan Opera on April 5th. I also got a call a couple of Saturdays ago that a bass player had broken his leg so I went to the Spokane Civic Theater that evening and sight read the show Elf and had a great time. 

Hopes for a Better New Year- Our family suffered many losses of family and friends in 2018 including my wife’s sister, Callie Cleveland on May 1st and our grandson, Ryan Rigney in a hunting accident on November 11th. Here’s hoping for a better 2019. 

Mildred Bailey Tribute update- Mildred Bailey’s niece says she owns Mildred Bailey’s “intellectual property rights” and denied permission for me to do the show, so I cancelled this project. At my age, I just want to have fun and not get involved in any litigation hassles. My apologies to all you fans out there who are disappointed. 

The Kominsky Method Series Review – We binged watched this show on Netflix or Amazon and enjoyed it very much. The series stars Michael Douglas and Allen Larkin and is about the vicissitudes of the two guys coping with old age. Michael Douglas plays the part of an old guy who teaches acting privately to adults and his weird love life. Allen Arkin plays the part of his best friend and elderly agent who just lost his wife and has to cope with being a widower. Very funny. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Review – We also binge watched this series about a young Jewish housewife who is searching for success as a stand-up comedienne and the struggles of trying to juggle family, friends and a life with being a stand-up comic on the road and the resulting stress. She has also hooked up with a dysfunctional, inexperienced but earnest manager of indistinct gender who books her into various dives on her road to stardom. 

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Yours,  

Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 1/3/18 – Film Review The Darkest Hour – Book Review Bobby Kennedy - Qualchan Opera book Release - Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box release - Echo of The Tom Toms video broadcasts  

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 1/3/18 – Film Review The Darkest Hour – Book Review Bobby Kennedy - Qualchan Opera book Release - Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box release - Echo of The Tom Toms video broadcasts 

The Darkest Hour Film Review - I saw this film last night. It was very well done. It’s the story of how Neville Chamberlain’s quest for peace by an attempt to appease Adolf Hitler failed and the British Government decided now that war had come to England to appoint a new Prime Minister. The movie portrays Winston Churchill’s evolution from a doubting, fearful personage to a strong determined leader, determined never to surrender to Nazi tyranny. 

Bobby Kennedy Book Review - Authored by Chris Matthews of MSNBC fame, the Bobby Kennedy book evoked memories of the 1960’s, some pleasant and many painful memories. The author skimmed the events of Bobby Kennedy’s life and left me wishing for more details about this important person in our history. Chris Matthews did tell many details about Bobby Kennedy that I didn’t know before; he portrayed him as a highly effective and efficient organizer whereas his brother Jack Kennedy was more of the glad-handed, back-slapping charismatic politician. He uses a lot of his personal memories to describe the events as well as information from other confidants of the Kennedys. He glosses over some unpleasant details such as the rumors that Joseph Kennedy Senior was a rum-runner during the prohibition years and crime was the foundation of his great wealth 

The Qualchan Opera book release. This book has 50 pages of Libretto and 350 pages of sheet music for voice, melody, lyrics, rehearsal piano accompaniment and some strings. The price is $40 per copy or email me if you are a production company and I will send you a free copy. You can find it at my website www.EdwardsMusicSite.com on the <books> page. and is also available on Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Qualchan-Opera-Musical-History-1849-1858/dp/1979376190/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512039455&sr=1-1&keywords=Qualchan+Opera 

Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box Re-release - My Grandmother Frances Swank passed away at age 88. I took all the recipes from her recipe box that she had accumulated over the years and put them into a book entitled Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box. I gave the books to relatives and it’s a best seller of all my 16 books. Grandma and Grandpa Swank had a dry-land wheat farm near Coulee City. When harvest time came Grandma would wake up early and start cooking on her wood-burning stove for the 20 plus crew. She would make homemade bread and home-made pies as well as the main course with all the trimmings to be served the harvest crew at the main meal of the day which was lunch. When the depression came Grandpa turned the horse team loose in the fields and drove away, never looking back. Pioneer women shared their favorite recipes and the recipe below for Applesauce Cake and frosting came from her friend, Dorothy Timboe. Grandma Swank’s Recipe Box Amazon page link https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Grandma+Swank%27s+Recipe+Box 

Echo of the Tom Toms update – I have finished editing 13 video episodes of this book by Frances Le Bret. In the meantime, Comcast Cable in Spokane is broadcasting readings of finished episodes every Saturday at 4 pm on Channel 14. 

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Yours, 

Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 11/5/17 – Happily Ever After – Republic Taproom Review - Echo of The Tom Toms book – Qualchan Opera Update  

Happily Ever After coffee table book - I found that I have many digital photos but hardly any prints that I could carry around and show to people. So, I created a folder on my computer for my favorite pictures. Then I Googled “Coffee Table books” and came up with the website for Mailpix.com at https://www.mailpix.com. I went to the site and created an account in a few seconds, then I uploaded my favorite pictures, selected the size and style of the Coffee Table book I wanted to create and set it for the maximum number of 74 pages at 8.5 X 14 inches. I could have entered each picture manually, but I chose to have the website upload and distribute the pictures into each frame automatically. Then, I went to my Coffee Table book and edited it, centering each picture where I wanted it in the frame. Then, I entered some comments in some of the text boxes scattered here and there throughout the book which I named Happily Ever After to celebrate our 41 years of marriage. The cost of the book was supposed to be around $200 but the first order came with a 60% discount so the final price was around $100. I got the printed book within 10 days and was very satisfied at the quality of the book and the ease of creating it. I don’t plan on selling the book commercially; it is now a family keepsake. 

Republic Taproom restaurant review - We discovered a great new restaurant in Post Falls, Idaho. My daughter and her husband invited us to the Republic Taproom. The food was unique and very tasty. The prices were in the middle range. The restaurant was in a 100-year-old house on 4th Avenue near Spokane Street. We went back again a few days later. I highly recommend it. 

The Fieldhouse Restaurant review - We randomly stopped by The Fieldhouse Restaurant in Liberty Lake Washington. The Clam chowder was sooo unique and good! The hot ham sandwich was good but had so much mozzarella cheese on it I had to scrape some off because it was too rich. Then, we discovered the general manager was my grandniece Seneca Ross so we had a mini family reunion to top off our dinner and got caught up on the news on that side of the family. 

Gary's three musicals coming out in print - I learned how to combine PDF files so I merged three books of my most recent musicals, adding the sheet music for voice and piano; The Qualchan Opera has 402 pages, Gary A. Edwards Favorite Original Music songbook with 119 pages and Christmas on The Concourse. The books will be available in December, 2017. 

Echo of the Tom Toms update – I have finished editing seven episodes of this book I edited by Frances Le Bret and have 17 more to finish. In the meantime, Channel 14 of Comcast Cable in Spokane has begun broadcasting the first seven episodes. When I’ve finished editing there will be an introduction episode and 20 episodes based on the reading by Spokane Tribal member Joe Lyons of the 20 book chapters and the 21 episodes will be available to the public in a DVD set. If you’re interested in buying the DVD set, let me know and I will put you on a list to notify when it’s ready. 

Other music news - I’m working on a duet with blind keyboard player Bryant McKinley and also talking about expanding into a five-piece band to back up Desja Eagle Tail, of the Crow Tribe, with whom I have also been rehearsing to create a demo recording of my Qualchan Opera. 

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Yours, 

Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 9/15/17 – Karen Youngblood Promo Video - Long Island Lolita Update – Echo of The Tom Toms book  

Karen Youngblood Voice Promo Video - This is an example of a promo music video I produced for Karen Youngblood. First, she recorded 16 songs in my partner Dan Lewis’ recording studio using karaoke backing tracks downloaded from the Internet. Next, I videotaped her singing each song from two angles. Then, I combined the two angles into one video, synchronized the video by using the sound of the music and synchronized the studio recorded music to the video for each song to create a DVD wth 16 complete songs. Then, we picked segments of six songs of about 30 seconds each and made a three minute demo with the shortened versions of the six songs. See it at https://youtu.be/cBU82kt6G0c 

Long Island Lolita Update - Writer Claude Solnik tells me that he had a third preview of our musical Long Island Lolita last Thursday night in New York. He is still rewriting. Stay tuned for further updates. 

Echo of The Tom Toms book– I videotaped Joe Lyons reading his Grandmother Frances Le Bret’s book called Echo of the Tom Toms. (Available at https://www.createspace.com/7249747) I have started editing the 21 episodes, which when finished will be broadcast on CMTV Channel 14 Comcast Cable in Spokane and then will be available in a set of DVDs. I promoted the book at the Spokane Tribe’s Powwow at the Falls and at the One-Heart Native Film Festival in Spokane last week. Everyone loves this true love story of Blue Bird and Fred. 

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Yours, 

Gary A. Edwards

Gary A. Edwards Entertainment Blog 7/25/2017 – Crying song video– I Am A Spirit song video –Movie review - Dunkirk  

This is a video of Oishi Bhattacharya singing a beautiful song I wrote called Crying which is a song included in my musical comedy The Bureau-rats. In the song, the hero is singing about hesitating to fall in love because (s)he has to resolve some emotional issues before (s)he can commit to a new love. 

https://youtu.be/H33oFpHvGb8 

I Am A Spirit by Gary A. Edwards sung by the Unity Spiritual Center of North Idaho choir at the YouTube website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUsXRMZx5pQ&feature=youtu.be 

Dunkirk is a straight-forward historical movie, more like a documentary. There are no food fights, car chases or romantic scenes. This movie puts you right in the middle of the war action from start to finish. 

I finished acting as a zombie in the final movie of Through The Dark Portal directed by Nancy Hanks. It was fun to wear zombie make-up and a pirate suit and be dancing in the woods north of Newman Lake Washington after midnight while shooting this film. 

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Yours, 

Gary A. Edwards

September 4th 2016 Gary A. Edwards Blog - Angela Tuttle Single Release 

Angela's Single - Gary Edwards announces the release of a new single consisting of three of Gary's songs sung by Angela Tuttle. If you go to www.EdwardsMusicSite.com and click on the music page you can preview a video of Angela singing Soulmates, a very sexy, romantic song suitable for Valentine's Day, weddings or a date. Here you can preview for free and then download any of three songs Soulmates, Reflections of Love and/or Changes. Take a listen and pass the word. These songs deserve to go viral.

Qualchan Opera Update - At this point, Gary has finished writing the piano vocal version of 46 minutes worth of music for this opera about Qualchan, the brave Yakama warrior who fought to try to protect his people and his tribal lands in the war of 1855 - 1858 in Washington and Idaho.  Anyone who is interested in helping get this opera produced is encouraged to contact Gary at gedward@roadrunner.com.

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