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Will Galison Bio

Sean Harkness - Guitar
Eric Halverson - Drums
Michael O'Brien - Bass

You may not know you know Will Galison’s music, but you do. You’ve heard his unique harmonica sound on the themes of “Sesame Street”, “The Untouchables”, “Bagdad Café” and hundreds of other movie scores, albums and commercials. Harmonica master, Toots Thielemans, called Will “The most original and individual of the new generation of harmonica players”. While Will is indeed one of the top exponents of the jazz harmonica, his career as a studio musician has allowed him to explore and embrace many other musical idioms, from rhythm and blues to classical concertos. That’s why he has recorded and/or performed with stars as varied as Sting, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Tommy Emmanuel, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Ruth Brown, Jaco Pastorius, the O’Jays and Peggy Lee.

Will has released numerous albums under his own name (on Verve, PolyGram and Aosis records) and recorded as co- leader with other major talents from around the world. He’s also delighted audiences at Jazz festivals and clubs around the world, recently in Japan and India. At home in New York he has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub and The Blue Note.

In addition to jazz performances, Will has toured with various musical theatre productions, including three European tours of “Bagdad Café”, starring Jveeta Steele (“Calling You”), and featuring the same director and composer as the movie.

In 2002, Galison's duo with singer Madeleine Peyroux performed together, domestically and abroad, including a gig with the Dresden Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, The duo recorded “Got You On My Mind”, an album Jazz Times called “a match made in Musical Heaven”. Downbeat’s Bill Milkowski wrote: “Galison also reveals himself to be an accomplished guitarist...and he delights with a few vocal numbers as well, which makes him a real triple-threat.”

In 2008, Will's ampaign video for President Obama, “Takin’ it Back with Barack”, was rated this best campaign songs of the election season by the Huffington Post, and received over 600,000 views on Youtube, including several by the President himself, who “got a big kick out of it” according to his staff, and used it at campaign events.

Will’s self-produced 2011 CD, Line Open features Galison as harmonica virtuouso, guitarist, composer, lyricist, singer and arranger. Together with some of New York’s top musicians, Will produced an album spanning a wide musical and emotional range, yet unified by his sly wit, compassionate outlook and deeply rooted musicality.

Will has performed widely in France, and is currently collaborating with composer Karim Maurice on “The Odysseus Fantasy”, a major work for harmonica, jazz trio, string orchestra and harp. With a grant from the French American Jazz Exchange, Will and Karim have recorded the Odysseus Fantasy and are currently touring with the project in venues around the world.

Likewise, Will is proud to continue his collaboation with Brazilian composer and pianist Andre DeQuech. Their album of orignial pieces featuring Toninho Horta will be realeased soon.

While in New York, Will hosts house concerts at his apartment, featuring premiere jazz musicians. A recent concert was a duo with jazz piano master Kenny Werner, who said of Will: “Will has always been a superb player, but his playing just gets deeper and deeper. I've plqyed with the master, [Toots Theilemans] and Will is right up there”.