|Born||1951 (age 71–72)|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Ambient, world music, new-age, experimental, soundtrack|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, inventor, film score composer|
|Instrument(s)||Guitar, Infinite Guitar, sequencer, keyboards, bass guitar, djembe, surdo, percussion|
|Labels||Real World, E.G., 4AD|
Michael Brook (born 1951) is a Canadian guitarist, inventor, music producer, and film music composer. He plays in many genres, including rock, electronica, world music, minimalism and film scores. His collaborations with musicians around the world have made him "one of the most sought-after producers in the music industry." Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Brook lives in Los Angeles. He is the creator of the Infinite Guitar.
Brook studied music and electronics at York University and worked as an engineer at the Grant Avenue studios, then owned by the Lanois brothers. Here he worked with Brian Eno, The Edge, Jon Hassell and Harold Budd. In 1985 he released his first solo album Hybrid, containing instrumental tracks with Indian and African elements.
Another notable collaboration was Sleeps with the Fishes with Clan of Xymox member Pieter Nooten (4AD, 1987). He worked on the album Set by Youssou N'Dour, Miss America by Mary Margaret O'Hara and collaborated with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the album Mustt Mustt.
He toured as a member of the Sylvian and Fripp tour group, with the final concert at the Royal Albert Hall in December 1994 documented on the album Damage: Live. He also opened the concerts with a solo set, featuring the Infinite Guitar with effects and sequencer backing. In 1998, he produced the album "Volcán: Tributo a José José", a tribute album to singer Jose Jose. In 2006, the solo album RockPaperScissors was released, with an ambient remix version following in 2007. Brook toured small venues in Canada and the United States in late January/early February, 2007. In writing about his score for the film 2015 film Brooklyn, Variety said the film was "buoyed along by a beautiful Michael Brook score and The Hollywood Reporter praised his "evocative scoring."
Awards and honors
Studio and live albums
|1985||Michael Brook with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois||Hybrid
|1986||Jon Hassell||Power Spot
||Brook plays infinite guitar on three tracks|
|1987||Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook||Sleeps with the Fishes
|1990||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan||Mustt Mustt
||First collaboration with Khan; credited only to Khan|
|1992||Michael Brook||Cobalt Blue
||Reissued together in 1999 as a 2-CD set titled Cobalt Blue & Live at the Aquarium|
|Live at the Aquarium - London Zoo 21 May 1992
|1994||David Sylvian and Robert Fripp||Damage: Live
||Featuring Michael Brook|
|1995||U. Srinivas and Michael Brook||Dream
||Featuring Trey Gunn|
||Unofficial release, recorded live during the Lanzarote Music Festival, December 1989|
|1996||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook||Night Song
||Second collaboration with Khan|
|1997||Iarla Ó Lionáird with Michael Brook||The Seven Steps to Mercy (Seacht gCoiscéim Na Trocaire)
|Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook Remixed: Star Rise
||Last collaboration with Khan; features remixes of tracks from Mustt Mustt and Night Song|
|1998||Djivan Gasparyan and Michael Brook||Black Rock
|2001||Hukwe Zawose and Michael Brook||Assembly
||Remix album of RockPaperScissors by James Hood|
|2008||Djivan Gasparyan and Michael Brook||Penumbra
||Second collaboration with Gasparyan|
- Captive (1986) – co-writer/producer with The Edge.
- Heat (1995)
- Albino Alligator (1996)
- Affliction (1997)
- Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
- Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
- Black Hawk Down (2001) - music composed by Hans Zimmer
- Charlotte Sometimes (2002)
- India: Kingdom of the Tiger (2002)
- An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
- Tre (2007)
- Into the Wild (2007)
- Americanese (2008)
- Road, Movie (2009)
- Morning (2010)
- 9500 Liberty (2010)
- The Fighter (2010)
- Country Strong (2010)
- El Infierno (2010)
- Darwin (2011)
- Undefeated (2011)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
- Cas and Dylan (2013)
- Aloft (2015)
- Brooklyn (2015)
- Tallulah (2016)
- Stronger (2017)
- My Days of Mercy (2017)
- Le Brio (2017)
- Giant Little Ones (2019)
- Brook, Michael. "Michael Brook's Eclectic Rock Tribute". NPR. Archived from the original on 2018-08-18. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- Kane, Peter (5 March 1991). "Stories". Q Magazine. 55: 11.
- "40 years of musical history at Grant Avenue". The Hamilton Spectator. 2016-10-21. ISSN 1189-9417. Archived from the original on 2021-11-14. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
- Biography by Jason Ankeny. "Michael Brook | Biography & History". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- Peter Debruge (2015-01-30). "'Brooklyn' Review: Saoirse Ronan Embodies Immigrant Experience". Variety. Archived from the original on 2018-01-13. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- "'Brooklyn': Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 2015-01-27. Archived from the original on 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- Ahmad, Salman. Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution. New York: Free Press, 2010. 127.
- "Michael Brook". Ascap.com. 2014-06-25. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- "Michael Brook". IMDb.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
- "Michael Brook - Shona (CD, Album) at Discogs". Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- Reighley, Kurt B. "Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook: Remixed" CMJ New Music Monthly 55 (Mar 1998): 40.