Date : 14 October 2016
George Brooks returns to Dubai for a second performance with Emirates NBD Classics. A prolific saxophonist, and composer, Brooks is praised by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for “becoming a leading voice in the realm where jazz and north Indian importation meet.” Brooks’ deep understanding of raga has lead him to founding several important Indian fusion groups, collaborating with artists such as Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kala Ramnath, U. Srinivas, Ronu Majumdar, Shankar Mahadevan and Dr. L. Subramanium.
Brooks’ performance schedule includes major Indian festivals, appearing in numerous recordings and soundtracks of Indian films. He has received numerous awards, including the Great Harmony Prize at the 2007 American Composers Forum, which commissioned the score for Mirrors of Mumbai, an Indian jazz opera.
Brooks has taught on the faculties of Mills College in Oakland, The Jazz School in Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He is based in California with his wife, and their three children.
Kala Ramnath is a leading Hindustani violinist, belonging to the Mewati gharana. As a leading soloist of her genre, Ramnath has performed at all the major Indian music festivals, and at the world’s major stages including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Palais des Beaux Arts, and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has been with renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony, and the London Philharmonic.
Ramnath is frequently featured in Hollywood soundtracks including the Oscar Award™ nominated “Blood Diamond”. Her discography includes chart-topping albums, Grammy Award™ nominations, and her compositions were featured in the Grammy Award™ winning album “In
Twenty Seven Encores”, recorded by famed violinist Hilary Hahn.
A regular lecturer, Ramnath conducts workshops around the world with conservatories including the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, University of Giessen, in Germany, and the Weill Institute in association with the Carnegie Hall. An established name in the world music scene, Kala is keen to enrich the lives of under-privileged and sick children through her foundation, ‘Kalashree’.
Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink had her first lessons at the age of five, and has since become a highly sought after international harpist. Since her solo recital debuts in New York’s Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall, she has since given solo recitals in Paris, Bucharest, Chicago, Tokyo, Barcelona, Prague, Rome, Washington DC, Venice, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Athens.
As a soloist, Wentink has performed with major orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Südwest Rundfunk Orchestra in Germany, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergen, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Radio Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Bucharest, the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, the Brabant Orchestra, the Finnish Philharmonik Orchestra to Helsinki, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the World Youth Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony.
Wentink has been an esteemed competition winner since the age of eleven. Her winnings include The Young Music Talent Foundation of the Netherlands, Prinses Christina Coucours, International Nippon Harp Competition in Tokyo, the Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Rome, the International Harp Competition in Israel, and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. She is the first solo harpist ever to be rewarded this distinction in Young Concert Artists’ 40 year history