The Music and Art of Gary Guttman


The About page of Hollywood composer and magic realist painter Gary Guttman.



I’ve been a working composer in Hollywood for over twenty-five years. My music has been performed and recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony and The Seattle Symphony. I’ve composed musical scores for television, IMAX films and large theme park attractions. I was one of the original keyboardists for the pop group Missing Persons and can be heard on their hits “Destination Unknown” and “Mental Hopscotch”. That allowed me to spend some quality time with my childhood idol, Frank Zappa.

My main music composition teacher was Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Karel Husa, whom I studied privately with for four years. Since then, I’ve created several on-line music composition courses, including the highly rated and very popular course “Music Scoring 101-Creating Moods and Styles” for MacProVideo.  And I’ve been a painter longer than I’ve been a music composer. My love for bold art led me to have some very memorable conversations with my other childhood idol, R. Crumb.

I’m always looking to collaborate with interesting people, so if you have a fascinating project, please feel free to contact me. I hope you enjoy my music and art - and thanks so much for visiting!

“Gary is definitely a talented composer with refreshing, unusual ideas. I can recommend him very highly.” – Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Karel Husa


A few links the whole family can enjoy:

Interview about my score for the TV series "Captain Power"

"Captain Power" soundtrack review/Pick of the Month

MacProVideo Music Scoring Course