Echoes of the Ancients
The memorable music of versatile instrumental recording artist/songwriter Gary Sephira has already found it's way to all corners of the world. His composing, arranging, and producing credits over a 27-year recording career include 15 CDs, TV themes, jingles, a children's educational series, a film score, and hundreds of songs in a wide array of genres. Gary's compositional themes show as major influences his early classical piano training, the great pop songs of the 60's and 70's, and his colorful life adventures in the US and abroad. A native of Farmingdale, LI, NY, Gary's highly developed ear, arranging ability, and piano/keyboard skills helped gain regional notoriety for his cover bands through high school and his undergraduate years at Duke University, (BA, Psychology), as well as on a USO tour of the Mediterranean. Upon relocation to Los Angeles, Gary rose quickly through the ranks in the budding, early-80's LA songwriter scene, and after winning the Grand Prizes of both the American and Yamaha International Song Festivals in addition to receiving a gold record for a song on El Debarge's most successful album, Gary became a sought after collaborator, demo producer, musical director and arranger. Some of Gary's notable associates include Diane Warren, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, and TV celebrity Alan Thicke, co-writing the ABC-TV theme 'Animal Crackups' with Mr. Thicke. Gary's prolific composing skills and expanding music library were a perfect fit for the new age instrumental music boon of the early 90's, when he signed his first artist recording contract in 1991 with World Disc Music, an independent label based in Friday Harbor, WA. At World Disc, Gary's compositional and production prowess blossomed, completing 15 of his own CDs including a 4-CD children's educational series. His albums were a hit at various retail outlets and gift shops, notably Natural Wonders and The Nature Company. Gary recently launched his own label, Peacebridge Records, with a stated mission of 'moving music toward a brighter tomorrow.' Anchored by his own instrumental projects, Peacebridge also includes an expanding roster representing a variety of contemporary instrumental and vocal artists. Mirroring his lifelong pursuit to increase multi-cultural understanding, the music of Gary Sephira is as universal as it is personal, with soulful melodies and adventurous arrangements that prove to be evocative and lasting. Passionate, eclectic, and authentic: words to describe Gary Sephira, the artist and the person.