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Torben Westergaard

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. In addition to composing and playing music, 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 and 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. 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, didactics and communication. Additionally, I have in the last few years begun to write academic articles on creativity and learning for international journals, 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.


The Gori Project

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Far (Blandt Graner); Orange; Turns; Indigo; Make No Gaps; The Blues in You; Beyond (Criticism and Praise); Courage.


Article: Multiple Reviews

International Flavors

Read "International Flavors" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a tour through several spots around the globe with this batch--sometimes a leisurely tour, sometimes a whirlwind, but with each stop offering a wealth of lovely sounds and tones. Gilfema Three Sounderscore 2020 Lionel Loueke, Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth have an impressive number of musical endeavors and ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Bogfinken Blinke; Kirsebærsne; Krammekatten Conny Lund; Tusind Lopper; Kong Eddys Konfetti; Når Bellisblomster Bukker; Myresangen; En Ko Tre Tigre; I Min Rygsæk Vokser en Skat; Filterfoket.


Article: Album Review

Torben Westergaard: Kirsebærsne

Read "Kirsebærsne" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Torben Westergaard is nothing if not restless. Latin music has been the most defining element of his career to date, though explorations such as his Tangofied series have also happily bridged music and musicians of South America with those of his native Europe. This album's immediate predecessor, Heart Tunes (self-produced, 2018), made an unexpected detour into ...


Heart Tunes

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Get Dressed; Walk; Rest; Active; Sleep; Hobbies; Feelings Shared.


Article: Album Review

Torben Westergaard: Heart Tunes

Read "Heart Tunes" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Though Denmark may serve as a home base, Torben Westergaard's musical home can be anywhere new songs and ideas take him. The bassist was figuratively reaching halfway around the world as far back as Brazilian Heart (Self Produced, 1996). Argentina became an unexpectedly prominent touchstone, as the exploratory Tangofied (Point of Departure, 2013) grew into a ...


Tangofied III

Label: Gateway Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Clever Little Me; Leo; Ab Ovo; Bach; Aristoteles; Kogle; Hugo; Sjællands Odde.


Track of the Day


Label: Gateway Music
Released: 2017
Duration: 4:17


Article: Album Review

Torben Westergaard: Tangofied III

Read "Tangofied III" reviewed by Geno Thackara

For the finale of his globe-spanning triptych (an unplanned endeavor that unexpectedly grew from the first installment's success), bassist Torben Westergaard considers himself to be making very much a return home. After the expanded cross-national lineup and largely Argentinian focus of Tangofied II (Gateway Music, 2014), he returned to his native Denmark to record only with ...


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