Michael Brook, fueled by scientific curiosity tempered by a Canadian rationalism, is the creative force behind innovative film music, the invention of the infinite guitar, as used by U2′s The Edge, and collaborations with some of the world’s most inspired musicians. His music is often described as sonically emotive, a kind of Ambient Americana.
Michael was born and raised in Toronto, and studied electronic music at York University. In the early 1980s he worked as an engineer at Daniel Lanois’ studio, where he met Brian Eno and pianist Harold Budd. His first solo album, Hybrid, with contributions from both Eno and Lanois, was released on EG Records to great critical acclaim. Cobalt Blue and Live at the Aquarium followed shortly after.
After living in the UK for ten years, where he produced many albums for Peter Gabriel’s label, Real World, Michael moved to California to write for films. Soon after, he scored the Academy Award nominated film, The Fires of Kuwait, played guitar on Michael Mann’s Heat, then was asked to score Kevin Spacey’s Albino Alligator and Paul Schrader’s Affliction.
As a guest artist, his unique guitar sound can be heard on many films, including Black Hawk Down, Mission Impossible 2, The Pledge, and The Town.
Brook has recently composed the scores for many feature films; Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Vow, co-composed with Rachel Portman, The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, directed by David O. Russell, Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, directed by Shana Feste, and El Infierno, a hot-button topical Mexican film about the effects of drug cartels in Mexico, directed by Luis Estrada. He scored Undefeated the 2012 Oscar winning documentary. Also soon to be released are Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, “Morning” directed by Leland Orser, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and an Imax documentary “Jerusalem”.
On the green side of things, he wrote the score for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Who Killed the Electric Car, and Eco-Pirate. As well, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Score for Sean Penn’s Into the Wild.
Upcoming projects include “In Flight” starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy, directed by Claudia Llosa, and “Red Road” directed by James Grey.
On the album front, one of Michael’s greatest talents is collaborating with international superstars, such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, for which he was nominated for a Grammy, the great Armenian duduk master Djivan Gasparyan, Youssou N’Dour, U. Srinivas, as well as Mary Margaret O’Hara, The Pogues, and Bryan Ferry, and the incomparable Lisa Gerrard. His most recent albums are, RockPaperScissors, Bell Curve, and Penumbra.
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