Torben Waldorff

Torben Waldorff, an electric guitarist, was born in Faaborg (Denmark) on July 6, 1963. He grew up in Copenhagen. His early influences were Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. After hearing Gerry Mulligan and Miles Davis, Weather Report and Stanley Clarke, he switched to jazz. From 1984 to 1988, he attended Berklee College of Music. He met Donny McCaslin as a saxophonist and they began jamming together in New York. They also had the idea of starting a band with Jon Wikan and Matt Clohesy. The guitarist studied privately with Charlie Banacos while at Berklee, Boston. He also majored with Herb Pomeroy in jazz composition and arrangement. The 1961 Jimmy Giuffre trio, Steve Swallow and Paul Bley was one of his most influential influences. His contemporary music was influenced more by Ornette Coleman and Duke Ellington’s sounds. While he was in Boston, Waldorff returned to Copenhagen in the Oresund region that is near Malmo in Sweden in 1989. He subsequently collaborated with Tomas Franck and Anders Bergcrantz. Ingrid Jensen, Ben Perowsky and Tomas Franck also came from New York to perform at festival dates. Waldorff has written and performed many orchestral works since then. In 1999, his first CDs were released under his own name for Swedish label L.J. Records with the No Bass Band, titled Hello World. Squealfish followed in 2004. Afterburn (2008) and Brilliance (2006) were his first American albums. Both were issued by Artist Share. He has also worked with Hans Glawischnig and Gary Thomas as well as Allison Miller, David Berkman and Hans Glawischnig. Allmsuic

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