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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, 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 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

Gary's blog April 1, 2021 

I hope you are well. We’ve had both our shots and are starting to interact with people in person again in a limited way. 

I have had a couple of Zoom meetings with an opera singer named Paula Newberry who is starting a new opera company in Memphis, Tennessee. We have been getting acquainted to where we know the names of each other’s dogs, etc. and everything is progressing well. I have sent her materials that she can use in requesting grants for the Qualchan and Whistalks Opera production including sample proposal materials, pitch letters, budgets and etc. Yesterday, I gave her some advice on setting up her organization as a non-profit as I have had experience in the past setting up non-profit and for-profit corporations. I have started to arrange the music for the opera pit orchestra and the band will include a native flute part and a native drum part. I have completed the arrangement for the first song called 01 Before The Anglos

I invited Paula and her husband Ray to come to our house in July and attend my production of a show featuring Coeur d’Alene Tribal Member Cece Curtis singing songs made famous by Mildred Bailey at an outdoor concert at Riverstone Park in Coeur d’Alene on July 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm. I put together a great four piece band for this show. 

Eastern Washington University School of Music’s Big Band conducted by Professor Steven Friel is still set to perform concert of music from our music CD called Wataino that I co-write with Orlando Sanchez. The concert will be this fall but the exact date has not been selected yet. 

I am writing a new music CD tentatively called Spanglish featuring Cuban American Ivana Cespedes singing bi-lingual Spanish/English songs that I have written over the years. We have the first song called Steppin’ Out completed and are close to getting a vocal recording of the second song The Gypsy Tango Rock recorded and hopefully will get this mixed and ready to go this month of April, 2021. 

Have a happy musical month. 

Gary Edwards 

gedward@roadrunner.com 

www.EdwardsMusicSite.com

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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