Hey there!

I’m Gary and I believe in the power of music, especially music that tells stories.

I write music, I teach music, and I talk about how music can change people’s lives. It changed mine.

If you’re looking for my band, High Fiction; or for golden lotus studio: an online home for songwriters, then click away.

Otherwise, feel free to dig around on the site. I’m really glad you’re here.


Gary Grundei is a NYC-based award-winning musician and teacher. He is the founder of golden lotus studio: an online home for songwriters. He is most known for his work with the band High Fiction; for his original compositions for theatre, film, podcasts, and the concert stage; and for coaching and producing other artists.

Recent projects include sound design and original music for the 10-episode podcast on the secret origin story of Title IX called Feminist Files, starring Jodie Foster, Samira Wiley, Amy Hill, and Leigh Fondakowski; and Bloody Mary Brunch, single with High Fiction.

Gary has written music for NPR, MTV, New York Stage and Film, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Magic Theatre, GALA Choruses, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 

He has worked on projects with Meredith Monk, Bill Pullman, Leigh Fondakowski, Caitlyn FitzGerald, Barbara Dilley, and the Denver Broncos. He’s performed on stages from Carnegie Hall to A.R.T./New York Theatres to Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe.

Gary has taught at Naropa University, Occidental College, University of Denver, Whitman College, and The Ohio State University. 

High Fiction’s debut album to: whom it may concern has been described as “a collection of songs that are simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, confident and vulnerable, ornate and airy.” The album, co-produced with David Wilton (A Boy + His Kite) features Ron Miles on trumpet, Janet Feder on guitar, and Matt Berninger of the National on guest vocals.

He has studied with Richard Toensing, Thomas Wells, Phil DeGreg, Hank Marr, Natalie Goldberg, and Steve Reich.

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