Michael Brook

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Michael Brook
Born 1951 (age 63–64)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Ambient, world music, New Age, experimental, soundtrack
Occupation(s) Musician, inventor, film score composer
Instruments Guitar, Infinite Guitar, sequencer, keyboards, bass guitar, djembe, surdo, percussion
Labels Real World, E.G., 4AD
Associated acts Brian Eno, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Robert Fripp, David Sylvian, Trey Gunn
Website www.michaelbrookmusic.com

Michael Brook (born 1951 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian guitarist, inventor, producer, and film music composer.[1] 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." [2] He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Brook 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.[3] He also opened the concerts with a solo set, featuring the Infinite Guitar with effects and sequencer backing. Another notable collaboration was Sleeps with the Fishes with Clan Of Xymox member Pieter Nooten (4AD, 1987). 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 [4] and the Hollywood Reporter praised his "evocative scoring." [5]

Awards and honors[edit]

He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996 for his production work and as a co-artist on Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's album Night Song.[6]

Brook's soundtrack to Into the Wild was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2008.

Two films that he scored, Brooklyn and Aloft premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.[7]

He won ASCAP awards in 2011 for The Fighter and 2013 for The Vow. He won the Havannah Film Festival award for best music in 2011 for El Infierno.[8]

Selected discography[edit]

Studio & live albums[edit]

  • Hybrid (1985 EG) – solo material with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois collaboration.
  • Sleeps with the Fishes (1987 4AD) - collaboration with Pieter Nooten from Clan of Xymox.
  • Mustt Mustt (1990 Real World) – collaboration with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, record is credited only to Ali Khan.
  • Cobalt Blue (1992 4AD) – solo record, mostly electric guitar.
  • Live at the Aquarium (1993 4AD) – recording of a live concert, sometimes packaged together with Cobalt Blue.
  • Shona (1995 Sine) - an unofficial release, recorded live during the Lanzarote Music Festival, December 1989.
  • Damage: Live (1994 Virgin) - with Robert Fripp and David Sylvian
  • Dream (1995 Real World) - collaboration with U. Srinivas and Trey Gunn.
  • Night Song (1996 RealWorld) – second collaboration with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
  • Star Rise (1997 Real World) - last collaboration with Khan, remix album of tracks from Mustt Mustt and Night Song.[9]
  • The Seven Steps to Mercy (1997 Real World) - collaboration with Iarla Ó Lionáird.
  • Black Rock (1998 Real World) - collaboration with Djivan Gasparyan.
  • Assembly (2002 Real World) - collaboration with Hukwe Zawose.
  • RockPaperScissors (2006 Canadian Rational) – most recent solo record.
  • BellCurve (2007) – a remix of the album RockPaperScissors by James Hood.
  • Penumbra (2008 Canadian Rational/bigHelium) - collaboration with Djivan Gasparyan.


Soundtrack albums[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Jon Hassell


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