George Brooks

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 Indian fusion groups Summit with Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, Kai Eckhardt and Fareed Haque; Bombay Jazz with Larry Coryell and Ronu Majumdar; the Raga Bop Trio with Steve Smith and Carnatic guitarist Prasanna and Elements with Indian violinist Kala Ramnath and Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink.

Brooks has received numerous awards and grants including a Grammy. His other achievements include the Arts International touring grant and the Arts International study grant. He has received the American Composers Forum and Global Harmony Prize for creating the score for Mirrors of Mumbai, a contemporary Indian Jazz Opera. The American Composers Forum and the California Jazz Conservatory commissioned Brooks to compose and perform Double Moire, featuring the text and performance of beat poet Michael McClure. Brooks received a Mid – Atlantic, US Artists International grant to present his group Summit at jazz festivals in Kolkata and Mumbai.

With Zakir Hussain, Brooks wrote and arranged the score for the Yo-Yo Ma, Mark Morris collaboration Kolamand the Merchant/Ivory film The Mystic Masseur. He has also arranged and performed with Hussain for the films Parzania, One-Dollar Curry and For Real starring Sarita Chaudhuri (Mississippi Masala).

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