During a career that has spanned three decades, Michael Brook has collaborated with some of the most influential icons from the worlds of music, art, film and politics. He has forged a career as producer, sound innovator, inventor, guitarist, composer and solo artist: Brook is a modern day renaissance man. On his fourth solo release, he teams with producer/remixer James Hood (Pretenders, Moodswings) for BellCurve â€“ a radical reinterpretation of last yearâ€™s RockPaperScissors, a remix which will appeal to fans of acts from Air to Zero 7, Pink Floyd to Buddha Bar. The album is out digitally October 2, through bigHelium records and Brookâ€™s own Canadian Rational, and it streets October 23.
Wearing more than one hat, as ever, Brook has also composed the original score for writer/director Sean Pennâ€™s latest Paramount film â€œInto The Wild,â€ based on Jon Krakauerâ€™s #1 bestseller and in theaters now. Concurrently, an enhanced SoundWave 360 edition of Brookâ€™s score for the Oscar-winning Al Gore documentary â€œAn Inconvenient Truthâ€ will be released via Amazonâ€™s new download service.
During this time, the GrammyÂ®-nominated Brook has also begun recording new material with renowned world musician and composer Djivan Gasparyan, that will be premiered at UCLAâ€™s Royce Hall on Saturday, December 15.
Collaboration has been at the heart of Brookâ€™s career, working with a diversity of international artists such as Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou Nâ€™Dour, Mary Margaret Oâ€™Hara, Bryan Ferry, and The Pogues, to scratch the surface. He invented the infinite guitar, which defined U2â€™s sound on songs such as â€œWith or Without Youâ€. He has also contributed scores or individual pieces to films such as â€œWho Killed The Electric Car?â€ â€œHeat,â€ â€œAlbino Alligator,â€ and â€œAfflictionâ€ and the international touring art installation â€œAshes & Snow,â€ now on its way to Mexico City.
After a thirteen-year hiatus from his solo career, Brook returned in 2006 with RockPaperScissors, which Time Out New York called â€œmagic realism for the ears.â€ Brook debuted in 1985 with the critically acclaimed Hybrid on EG Records. His 1992 follow-up Cobalt Blue, one of the seminal records of the ambient movement, was released on 4AD, along with the 1993 recording Live at the Aquarium.
During a feature on NPRâ€™s Weekend Edition Sunday, host Liane Hansen aptly described the impact of Brookâ€™s influence: â€œMichael Brook is one of those forces in the music industry whose name may not be front and center but whose presence is unmistakable.â€