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George Brooks is a prolific and diverse saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder of several important Indian fusion groups including Summit with Fareed Haque, Kai Eckhardt, Zakir Hussain and Steve Smith, Bombay Jazz with Larry Coryell and Ronu Majumdar and the Kirwani Quartet with Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink and Indian flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia.
2010 will see the release of George’s new Spirit and Spice CD (on Brooks’ Earth Brother Music label) as well as Abstract Logix’s release of the Raga Bop Trio CD featuring George, drummer Steve Smith and south Indian electric guitar phenomenon, Prasanna. In the fall of 2010 he will reunite with his mentor/colleague Terry Riley and Asian Underground innovator, Talvin Singh for an extensive tour of Europe and the UK.
George received the 2007 American Composers Forum “Global Harmony Prize”, which commissioned the score for Mirrors of Mumbai an Indian Jazz Opera. In 2009 the American Composers Forum commissioned Double Moire an hour-long composition for saxophone, bass and drums, with recitation by beat poet Michael McClure, based on McClure’s poem Double Moire for Francis Crick. The SFMOMA commissioned Brooks in 2009 to compose an artist’s response to its new Rooftop Sculpture Garden. Brooks created “Alphorn – for Hans-Christoph Siegmann” for saxophone quintet, bass clarinet, gongs and piano.