|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
19 October 1966, Ilford, Essex, England. Growing up in a musical environment, Garland first studied classical music composition, meanwhile also listening to recorded jazz. While still in his early teens, he played professionally and was profoundly influenced by a chance encounter with saxophonist Tony Coe. Nevertheless, he did not turn purposefully to reed instruments as a means of expressing his musical thought until he was 20. In those intervening years, Garland listened to and was influenced by several of the musicians recording for ECM Records, among them Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny and Eberhard Weber. He found in the approach of these artists - and indeed that of the label itself - intriguing echoes of the classical music of his formative years. While studying at the Guildhall School of Music, he was encouraged to learn to play an instrument to professional standards in order to better develop his abilities as a composer. He thus began an...