Photo: Ditte Valente, 2020

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. It is, for me, the most meaningful activity, I can occupy myself with — and what I have been pursuing for more than 40 years.

Torben Westergaard’s The Tangofied Ensemble with special guest Tanja Zapolski
Torben Westergaard | Far (Blandt Graner) | The Gori Project

In addition to composing and playing music in a number of settings, I am concerned with how to use music in a wider perspective in a more mindful way. And how creativity and creation processes spring from the present moment and best are facilitated.

I have published 12 albums with my compositions, two of which were DMA jazz-nominated in 2013 0g 2014. Music has taken me to more than 20 countries, and I have composed for ensembles, TV series, documentaries, and commercials, and since 2011 I have been the 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”.

As a longtime teacher at the Danish music conservatories and with two academic degrees under my belt, I have extensive knowledge and interest in learning, pedagogy, didactic, and communication.

Additionally, I have in the last few years begun to write about creativity and learning, making presentations that mirror musically creative skills into broader contexts, and not the least, have started writing a book of interviews with highly accomplished artists in various fields about the space of creativity.

Torben Westergaard’s The Tangofied Ensemble
Never waste a waltz (from Torben Westergaard: Tangofied)
Torben Westergaard’s The Tangofied Ensemble
Clever Little Me | Torben Westergaard I Tangofied III I The Tangofied Ensemble
Torben Westergaard’s The Tangofied Ensemble
Ab Ovo I Torben Westergaard I Tangofied III I The Tangofied Ensemble