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About Torben Westergaard

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Musiker, komponist, underviser og formidler

Torben Westergaard er en nysgerrig musiker, som ud over at komponere og spille sin egen musik er optaget af, hvordan musikken kan bruges i et bredere perspektiv, og hvordan kreativitet opstår.

Torben Westergaard har fundet sin særegne lyd i mødet mellem jazz, tango og skandinavisk melankoli, som det bl.a. kan høres på hans to DMA-nominerede albums Tangofied I og II samt i det aktuelle tværkunstneriske samarbejde med forfatter Ursula Andkjær Olsen og mezzosopran Andrea Pellegrini.

Foruden sine egne 12 albums har Torben Westergaard komponeret musik til ensembler, tv-serier, dokumentar- og reklamefilm, og de senere år har han været kapelmester for Søren Kragh-Jacobsen. Torben Westergaards musikalske projekter spænder således bredt og rækker også ud over landets grænser – han har turneret i over 20 lande og spillet sammen med en lang række danske og internationale musikere.

I mange år har Torben Westergaard været en engageret underviser på de danske musikkonservatorier. Undervejs har han uddannet sig inden for teoretisk pædagogik og læreprocesser på Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet og Aalborg Universitet. Herved har han suppleret sin praktiske erfaring med læring med en voksende forståelse for musikalske kreativitetsprocesser. Det har bl.a. ført til et færdigformuleret, men endnu hjemløst Ph.D.-projekt i samarbejde med kreativitetsforsker Lene Tanggaard, AAU.

Torben Westergaard er desuden oplægsholder ved workshops, hvor han med afsæt i musikken skaber rum for refleksion og inspiration. Som eksempel kan nævnes en workshop om musik og demens, der er ét ud af flere samarbejder med historiefortæller og tegner Carl Quist-Møller.

 


The Short Story

Bassist, composer, jazz enthusiast, producer and teacher at several Danish music-conservatories

Torben Westergaard is one of Denmark’s most respected musicians, though his role is mostly as a facilitator to others. Since he learned to play bass-guitar and acoustic bass in the 80s, he has toured in over 20 countries and played with a myriad of Danish and foreign artists.

Westergaard is an initiator and project-maker, and with his pleasant manners and good sense of how to nuance others’ sound and expression, he can be credited for how Danish artists such as Søren Kragh-Jacobsen and Lotte Andersen have recovered or found their sound and audience.

There is also great demand for Torben Westergaard internationally. With nearly 7 years spent in New York and Los Angeles and several longer stays in South America, he has, in addition to creating a huge network, also refined the role of the bass as a link between the rhythmic and melodic in many genres. Westergaard’s role as a solid, social and musical anchor of meaningful products is long since cemented.

Besides having produced nine of his own acclaimed and Danish Music Award-nominated jazz albums, Torben Westergaard is a prolific composer; some examples of this are that he has composed the theme-song for Søs Egelind and Kirsten Lehfeldts ‘Kongeriget’ and the music for several documentaries, television programs, commercials and ensembles including the Danish Radio Big Band.

At the conservatories Torben Westergaard is, as an educator, busy developing the student’s human potential both as individual musicians and groups.

 


More Details

Has performed and/or recorded with a.o.:

Scandinavia: Lotte Andersen, Frans Bak, Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, Otto Brandenburg, Dario Campeotto, Thomas Clausen, Eva Dahlgren, Poul Dissing, Jørgen Emborg, Flemming Enevold, Erling Erlang Trio, Jan Glæsel, Niels Hausgaard, Heidi (Herløw), Fini Høstrup, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Jodle Birge, Steen Jørgensen, Holger Lauman, Silvana Malta, Marilyn Mazur, Bobo Moreno, Lars Muhl, Lars Møller, Nanna Luders, Karen Lise Mynster, Musicals/shows (Roserne bryder ud, Tiggeroperaen, Skatteøen, Linie 3, Gøngehøvdingen, Rocky Lorry Picture Show, Grease, Atlantis, Guys and Dolls, Tivolirevyen, Trold kan tæmmes, Cirkusrevyen, The Wiz, Allan Olsen, PS 12, Radioens Big Band, Radioens Underholdningsorkester, Kurt Ravn, Alex Riel, Niels Jørgen Steen, Nikolaj Steen, Paprika Steen, Uffe Steen, Henning Stærk, Grethe Sønck. Lis Sørensen, Frederik Thaae (A kid hereafter), Bjørn Tidmand, Tivolis Big Band, TV2, Hans Ulrik, Kasper Winding, Jens Winther, Sylvia Wrethammer, Finn Ziegler, Yasmin

International: John Abercrombie, Airto Moreira, Cecil Bridgewater, Jimmy Cobb, Marc Copland, Armen Donelian, Billy Drewes, Manfredo Fest, Chano Dominguez, Dario Eskenazi, Gil Goldstein, Chico Hamilton, Kip Hanrahan, Eddie Henderson, Jeff Hirshfield, Adam Holzman, Toninho Horta, Chris Hunter, Arnie Lawrence, David Liebman, Vic Juris, Edy Martinez, Hendrik Meurkens, Adam Nussbaum, Hermeto Pascoal, Portinho, Dom Um Romao, Mark Soskin, Haru Takauchi, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Mal Waldron, Kenny Werner, Larry Willis, Zap Mama.

 


Tours

Argentina, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Holland, Island, Japan, Martinique, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and USA.