Cutting his teeth (or ears) as an engineer on the New York City contemporary music scene since 2008 (le Poisson Rouge, VIA, BMP, MATA), Garth specializes in concert amplification and sound design for both traditional and experimental music performance. An avid musician since his youth, Garth’s career in audio was strongly influenced by his time as a student of avant garde percussion at UCSC under the tutelage of Willie Winant. This coupled with music department’s emphasis on contemporary and experimental music set him on the path he is on today: National Sawdust!
Garth’s recent credits include: the sound design for “FLEXN” with Peter Sellars at the Park Avenue Armory, engineering Jeff Zeigler/Andy Akiho/Roger Bonair-Agard at the Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn and mixing Alarm Will Sound with Dance Heginbotham in Seoul, Korea.
His past credits include: Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass Ensemble, Terry and Gyan Riley, David T. Little, Steve Reich, Paul Simon, Atoms for Peace, Erykah Badu, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and many more.
In 2012 he engineered 3 of the top 4 Classical/Opera events of the year- Time Out New York. “Unseen but felt: the sound engineering, by Garth MacAleavey, is aggressive, and at times bombastic, in ways that complement the work. Amplified voices grow strident at peaks. The opera’s ending comes awash in electric distortion.” – New York Times for “Dog Days”