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About Torben Westergaard

Musiker, komponist, underviser og formidler

Musik bringer os i kontakt med vores følelser og tættere sammen som mennesker.
For mig er den det mest meningsfulde, jeg kan beskæftige mig med.
Og det er det, jeg lever af og for.

Ud over at komponere og spille musik er jeg optaget af, hvordan musik kan bruges i et bredere perspektiv på en mere mindful måde. Og hvordan kreativitets- og tilblivelsesprocesser opstår i nuet, forløber og bedst faciliteres.

Jeg har udgivet 12 albums med egne kompositioner, hvoraf to var DMA jazz-nomineret i hhv. 2013 0g 2014. Musik har bragt mig til mere end 20 lande, og jeg har komponeret til ensembler, tv-serier, dokumentar- og reklamefilm og siden 2011 været kapelmester for Søren Kragh-Jacobsen.

Som mangeårig underviser på danske konservatorier har jeg med to akademiske uddannelser i tilgift en indgående viden og interesse for læreprocesser, pædagogik, didaktik og formidling.

Derudover er jeg de seneste år begyndt at skrive akademiske artikler om kreativitet og læring til internationale tidsskrifter samt holde oplæg og workshops, der spejler musikalskkreative kompetencer ind i andre mere generelle sammenhænge.

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.

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