Don Grusin is a composer, producer, arranger, pianist, keyboardist, and university teacher. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado and has taught as a Fulbright professor in Mexico and in the United States. He chose to enter the music business full-time after joining Quincy Jones' band for a Japan-U.S. tour in the mid-1970s.
As the creative sparkplug for the fusion ensemble Friendship, Grusin has recorded and produced scores of albums, including Ernie Watts' Grammy Award-winning CD, Musican. He received a Grammy nomination for his live contemporary jazz video DVD and audio CD The Hang, and received another Grammy in 2009 for his contribution to Paul Winter's CD, Crestone, and another for Miho, Journey to the Mountain in 2010. This spring, his latest album Trans Atlántica will be released by Universal Japan and on iTunes worldwide.
The recipient of the University of Colorado Alumni Association's 2006 George Norlin Award for distinguished lifetime achievement, Grusin continues a busy international touring, recording, and teaching schedule. He is headed to play concerts in Germany and Japan this summer, and a special music festival with his brother Dave in Tibiisi, Georgia, this fall.
His multidisciplinary course at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, called "Creating New Media for the Old & New West" is sponsored in part by the Public Lands Foundation, an offshoot of the Bureau of Land Management. His students are investigating Oil and Gas Leasing and Fracking in the North Valley of Delta County, The Wild Horse and Burro Program, Christo Art Project, Native Cultural Resources within The National Landscape Conservation System, Burning Man, Sheepherding in Wyoming, and Post-Digital BLM...all to show how and where the public land policies affect every citizen.