Torben Waldorff’s music is often described as very interactive, with intricate and lyrical melodic lines, lush harmonies, staggering virtuoso interplay and excitement.
After studies at Berklee College in the eighties, Torben maintained a gig schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, appearing at major jazz festivals and clubs in Europe and North America. After releasing two CDs in Europe, in 2006 Torben signed with the New York based groundbreaking, fan-funded company ArtistShare, joining Maria Schneider, Jim Hall and other top names in jazz.
With ArtistShare, Torben has released 4 critically acclaimed CDs in 2006, ’08, ’10 and ’12, featuring great musical friends Donny McCaslin, Matt Clohesy, Gary Versace, Jon Wikan, Jon Cowherd and Sam Yahel. These recordings have made many top-of-the-year listings and received numerous positive reviews in international press.
Holiday on Fire, released in 2017, is Torben’s fifth recording in ten years with ArtistShare. The album features long-time collaborator and friend Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Drew Gress on bass, Jonathan Blake on drums and Maggi Olin on piano. Written entirely by Waldorff, this recording shows Waldorff moving in a new direction with a new sound. Downbeat had 4 stars for this recording, and Allaboutjazz wrote: one–he rips like a rock star; and two–the band he has put together has a sharply distinctive, modern, maybe even futuristic sound.
See & hear a performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?