Garrett Gleason

“Guitarist Garrett Gleason has developed a reputation in Washington DC as one of the city’s most versatile guitarists, able to slide between rock, jazz and out-there improvisational rock with ease.” 

– Rudi Greenberg, The Washington Post (2018) 

Garrett Gleason is an American guitarist and composer. As a bandleader and composer, Gleason has released 13 studio albums through American labels TAR and Akar Music as well as independently through Head Cannon Records. Gleason writes music that embraces ethereal textures, harmonic exploration, off-kilter improvisation, and often aggressive energy. His releases are frequently collaborative; regarding their duo guitar record titled Duets, classical guitarist Sanjay Mishra of Jerry Garcia fame noted, “when I first heard Garrett I knew I was hearing something special. The rest just flowed naturally” (2020). 

As a guitarist, Gleason has toured extensively as the multi-stringed instrumentalist for the first North American tour of The SpongeBob Musical, throughout Europe with the Boston Show Band, and throughout the United States with The American Pops Orchestra in venues such as the Lincoln Center in NYC and the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan. He performed as an opener for Harry Connick, Jr. and has performed with Broadway stars such as Chris Jackson, Paolo Szot, and Megan Hilty.


Myths and Hymns

Release Date: December 8, 2023
Catalog Number: BR8984
21st Century
Progressive Rock
Stage Works
Adam Guettel’s theater cult-classic MYTHS AND HYMNS is no stranger to genre-bending and reimagination, the original song cycle itself leaning heavily on the concepts. So it comes as no surprise that renowned guitarist Garrett Gleason, never shying away from the new or imaginative, would produce his own reworkings of the beloved songs for guitar, bass, and drums. There’s no shortage of fresh takes in these often experimental arrangements sifting between the lines of rock and theater. Gleason’s re-workings add a vivacious flair to works like Pegasus and Sisyphus, the various guitar effects an inventive means of exciting the original content without failing to honor it entirely. Even the subdued slow-rock of How Can I Lose You finds itself ever so gradually slipping into admirable madness sure to please even the most experimental of music listeners. Gleason’s new take on MYTHS AND HYMNS is a welcome revival and renewal. Not only is it sure to meet approval by fans of the original, but it’s been approved by Guettel himself, the two eventually coming together in person to completely reimagine the closing song, Saturn Returns (Reprise). Gleason hopes for his arrangements of MYTHS AND HYMNS to bring the worlds of theater and rock together, that perhaps, like myths and hymns, there is more in common between the two than one would think.