‘There is no one who can more convincingly unite the jazz and European classical music idioms’. THE OBSERVER
Garland has fulfilled commissions from several of the worlds top orchestras, two commissions from the LSO, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, the CBSO, the City Of London Sinfonia and BBC Concert Orchestras. Concertos for saxophone and other instruments continue his work that celebrates the fertile ground between modern composition and jazz. He has also created a series of symphonic reworking for Chick Corea, (the Grammy winning, The New Crystal Silence) and Jean Luc Ponty, as well as orchestrating John Patitucci’s bass concerto. Works for the Royal Holloway Choir, the London Voices, and even a commission from the Catalan National Cobla group show the breadth of his writing skills, often inspired by, but not limited to, the jazz idiom. In 2016 He premiered his Re:Focus (A re-imagining of the Getz /Sauter project of 1962 ‘Focus’) to a full house at London’s Wigmore Hall, and also his “Luca’s Winter”, a 100 minute work for big band, orchestra and narrator at Manchester’s Royal Northern College Of Music where he has been a research fellow.
Garland is a founder member of Audio network and has written a wide variety of music for use with picture, conducting orchestras at Abbey Road, Angel and Air Studios London, as well as many big band sessions. His “Candle On The Moon” studio being his base and constant source of inspiration, as well as rehearsal space. He created the underscore music for 26 episodes for the History Channel