George Koller

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George Koller
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Background information
Born (1958-12-09) December 9, 1958 (age 58)
Edmonton, Alberta
Genres Jazz, Folk, World
Instruments Bass

George Koller (born December 9, 1958 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian bassist[1] and multi-instrumentalist who has played professionally and extensively within most genres of music and is best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk music, world music and world fusion. His current base of operations is Toronto, (Canada).

In over three decades, George has accumulated hundreds of diverse performing and recording credits and some of the artists he has worked with are: The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn,[2] Holly Cole, Richard Underhill, Graeme Kirkland, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, William Beauvais, Dominic Mancuso,[3] David Clayton-Thomas,[4] Doug Riley, Valdy, Issa, Autorickshaw, Larry Coryell, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis, Moe Koffman, Ron Korb, Eddie Harris, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. His playing of Indian stringed instruments -- Sitar, Sarode, Tanpura, and the violin-like Esraj and Dilruba—are featured in the motion pictures Such a Long Journey and Possible Worlds.[5]

In 2010, George helped produce the World Jazz For Haiti charity album at Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as John McDermott, David Clayton-Thomas, Norman Amadio and Holly Cole.

Instruments played[edit]

Bass, Cello, Sitar, Piano, Guitar, Sarode, Esraj, Dilruba, Tanpura, Mandolin, Vocals.


  • Music for Plants, Animals, and Humans. (ZSAN 1001) 1994.
  • Singing Naked. (ZSAN 1002). 1995. -with singer Julie Michels.
  • Internal Arts. (ZSAN 1003).
  • Chants de Lumieres. (ZSAN 1004)
  • Travelin' Light. (ZSAN 1005)
  • Atmosphere of Bliss. (ZSAN 1006)

As a member of The Shuffle Demons

  • What Do You Want? (1990)
  • Alive in Europe (1992)
  • Greatest Hits (2004)

Performs on[edit]


Winner of the HMV Fresh Blood Grand Prize for his solo CD, Music for Plants, Animals, and Humans


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
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  5. ^ Canadian Jazz Archive[full citation needed]
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