Don Grusin is a composer, producer, arranger, pianist, and visiting university instructor, now living in Los Angeles after five years in Boulder. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado and taught as a Fulbright professor in Mexico and in the United States. He entered the music recording world 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 video DVD and audio CD The Hang, and Grammies for Miho: Journey to the Mountain and for his contribution to Paul Winter's Crestone. His recent album, Trans Atlántica, has been released in Japan and the U.K., and is available on iTunes. A 2013 release, Quality Time, is Grusin's collaboration with singer-guitarist Peter Fessler. Two new live band recordings, Whistling Midgets, and a project with saxophonist Peter Weniger of Berlin, Germany, are forthcoming.
Grusin will lead his Berlin Hang IV Band this summer and tour Europe with recording colleagues. His current multimedia projects include a look at death, tentatively entitled Requiem, which celebrates the lives of many friends, relatives, and animals that have departed. This fall, he will launch a new course at CU, focusing on the artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude and their Over the River project. The recipient of CU's Alumni Association's George Norlin Award for distinguished lifetime achievement, he continues a busy international touring, recording, and teaching schedule.
Lately Grusin has a particularly well-informed affinity for loose-leaf tea... with Green Pu'erh his favorite.