Musician, composer, educator
Music is utterly democratic.
It belongs to you, me, and everyone.
The more you open yourself up to it, the more it welcomes you.
It is as awake as you are.
Music brings us in touch with our feelings, and closer together as human beings. I find it the most meaningful activity I can occupy myself with, and what I have been pursuing for more than 40 years.
I am interested in exploring music broadly, creatively, and mindfully using the moment as the point of departure.
I have published 17 albums of my compositions, two of which were DMA-jazz-nominated in 2013 and 2014. Music has taken me to more than 20 countries, and I have composed for various ensembles, TV series, documentaries, and commercials. Between 2011-2014 I had the privilege to act as musical director for the legendary Danish singer-songwriter and film director, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen.
“Torben Westergaard‘s charismatic concoction of Nordic jazz and Argentinean tango just keeps getting stronger and more refined. He brings a melancholy tone to the dance and incites excitable motion out of introspective thoughts”.birdistheworm.com
As a long-time teacher at the Danish music conservatories with two academic degrees under my belt, I have extensive knowledge of and an interest in learning, didactics, and communication.
I have written about creativity and learning, making presentations that present musically creative skills in broader contexts. Furthermore, I have started writing a book of interviews with highly accomplished artists in various fields about creative consciousness.