George Brandon is a composer, anthropologist and integrative sound and music practitioner, a multidisciplinary cultural worker straddling the domains of art, science and spirituality. A Blue Unity Orchestra program is just as likely to include gospel music, Yoruba chant and the blues as it is to include jazz standards, folk and world music, avant-garde jazz, experimental music or Afro-Pop; creating a musical space that is beyond category. The Blue Unity Orchestra has performed at the Harlem School of the Arts, the City College of New York, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center in Baltimore, All-Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Alchemical Theatre. In recent years the Blue Unity Orchestra has collaborated with the City College of New York Gospel Choir, Jorge Sylvester’s Afro-Caribbean Experimental Collective, and avantgarde multi-instrumentalist Kali Fasteau. In 2012, the Blue Unity Orchestra received a grant from the City University of New York’s Diversity Projects Development Fund. George Brandon's compositions have also been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Face the Music, and baritone soloist Andrew White.
The Blue Unity Sextet, a new project, is drawn from members of the Blue Unity Orchestra and shares the same jazz-based but genre-defying orientation as the larger ensemble.
George Brandon's Blue Unity Sextet