A regular performer, composer and teacher, Galen brings his unique and eclectic musical voice to every venue. As a jazz pianist, Galen performs solo and as a member of many Portland ensembles. As a composer for Film and TV his music has been performed in concert halls, movie theaters and 1940’s warships.
As a composer, Galen’s music reflects a synthesis of contemporary and traditional influences and covers a wide range of mediums from orchestral film scores and chamber music to big band arrangements and solo piano compositions. His music has been heard on OPB radio, KBPS All Classical, KBOO Portland and Livewire!. His original soundtrack for the 1969 film Gamera vs. Guiron is released through Filmusik and is available at www.filmusik.com.
Traveling through his teens brought Galen to Central America where he was captivated by the words and sounds that surrounded him, learning the language and the landscape through his performances and travel with the group Kinkayú, a traditional ensemble of Andina players from Sololá, Guatemala. He eventually moved to Quetzaltenango where he assumed a post at the Jesus Castillo Conservatory, authoring a jazz studies and ensemble program. Working frequently with traditional Marimba orchestras La Princesita and the Xelaju Marimba , Galen produced and directed several festivals bringing together musicians from across the globe for collaborative performances of traditional and jazz-infused music.
After study abroad in Cuba with percussionist Raúl “Lali” Brito, Galen returned to the United States, moving to Portland and forming the live soundtrack collective Filmusik which regularly puts on collaborative mixed-media concerts throughout the city. He maintains a studio in the NE Alberta District, teaching privately and coaching ensembles in creative music and composition.