Søren Kjærgaard and Friends
Pianist Søren Kjærgaard was born in the small town of Lemvig, Denmark on March 5th 1978.
At age 19 he entered the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
This led to a one year study residency in New York
where he met and played with artists like Tim Berne, Herb Robertson and Michael Blake.
In 2000 he won the 1st prize in the competition, Young Nordic Jazz Comets, with the trio
Fuchsia. In 2004 Søren Kjærgaard recieved the Danish National Radio (DR P2) Jazz Award
The award was followed up by radio appearances and solo, trio and quartet albums as a leader.
In 2007 he recorded the trio album "Optics" in New York with drum legend
Andrew Cyrille and New York bassist Ben Street. This group recently released a second album,
Søren Kjærgaard has performed in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania,
Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, China, US and Canada.
He has performed and/or recorded with:
Andrew Cyrille, Tim Berne, Herb Robertson, Derek Bailey, William Parker, Jim Black,
Andrew D’Angelo, Wayne Horvitz, Mike Formanek, Tony Malaby, George Garzone, Peter Brötzman,
Paal Nilssen-Love, Ben Street, and Pierre Dørge.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Michael Blake Quartet.
Torben Ulrich (born Oct. 4, 1928) is one the most colourful and longest active
personalities in Danish culture of the 20th-21st centuries, known as
a poet, radio and newspaper journalist, painter, filmmaker and tennis player –
all carried out with a striking originality.
His lifelong work and wideranging
studies of movement and spiritual disciplines (athletics, dance, yoga, Buddhism,
Sufism, etc.) have placed him as a notable thinker. He is also
well-known as an internationally touring tennis player, traveling all continents
and participating over four decades at Grand Slam events (Wimbledon;
U.S., French and Australian Opens). As a senior on the Grand Masters tour, he
was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1976.
In the course of his life he has interviewed and/or produced radio shows with such notable
artists as Sidney Bechet, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, John Coltrane,
Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler.
Theresa Wong is a cellist, vocalist, composer and improviser whose work encompasses music,
theater and the visual arts.
She has collaborated with such artists as Anna Halprin, Carla Kihlstedt, Joan Jeanrenaud,
Fred Frith, Kanoko Nishi, Joelle Leandre, Gianni Gebbia, Ellen Fullman and ROVA Saxophone
Her performances have been included at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, Yerba Buena Center
for the Arts in San Francisco, Festival Internacional de Puebla, Mexico, Unlimited 21
Festival in Wels, Austria, Other Minds Brink series in San Francisco, Radio France broadcast,
A L'improviste and at The Stone in New York City.