Galison ’81 Shows Musical Range on New Album

Will Galison '81

Will Galison ’81 has released a new music album, Line Open, featuring his unique gifts as harmonica virtuouso, guitarist, composer, lyricist, singer and arranger.

He has co-produced a collection of songs that reflects a wide musical and emotional range and reveals his sly wit and compassionate outlook. The recording features some of New York’s finest musicians, including Steve Gaboury (co-producer and keyboards), Ben Wittman and Shawn Pelton (drums), Tony Garnier and Zev Katz (bass), Marc Shulman (guitar), and Catherine Russell, Elaine Caswell and Sonya Valet on vocals.

Galison is known among musicians as a premiere jazz and studio harmonica player. His singular harmonica sound has been heard in the themes of Sesame Street, The Untouchables, Bagdad Café and hundreds of other movie scores, albums and commercials.

In 2004, Will broadened his scope by recording the album Got You on My Mind with singer Madeleine Peyroux, on which he provided guitar and vocals in addition to his harmonica playing. In 2008, Galison released his music video Takin’ it Back with Barack, which The Huffington Post rated the best campaign song of the election season. The video, which features Galison on harmonica and vocal has been viewed over 500,000 times on Youtube, including several times by the President himself, according to campaign manager David Axelrod. For more information about Galison, click here.

David Low

David Low '76 writes about arts and culture for the Wesleyan magazine and Wesleyan Connection. He is associate director of publications in the Office of University Communications. He is also a published fiction writer. E-mail: