Irene Becker

Born 1951. Pianist, composer and teacher.

Masters Degree in Ornette Coleman, University of Copenhagen.

Studied world music at Creative Music Studio Woodstock, New York with Karlheinz Berger and Nana Vasconcelos.

Since 1981 a member of New Jungle Orchestra and since 1978 the Quartet Thermænius, which now performs as Dørge-Becker-Carlsen.

Played with John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur and Johnny Dyani.

Has in recent years collaborated with dansers and poets.

Travels and tours to Gambia, Ghana, Bali, Siberia, China - among others - have given opportunity to field studies and inspiration from the old music cultures of these places, and experiments with fusion of bali-instruments and electroacustic instruments (keyboards).

Has also composed for big-band, woodwindquintet and choir.

Has worked together with siberian female vocalist, Sainkho Namtchylak.

Studying composition with Bob Brookmeyer at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.


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Selected Appearances

Year Group & Album Label & code
1996 Irene Becker & Povl Dissing – Zoo Sange Olufsen Records
1993 Sainkho Namtchylak & Irene Becker – Dancing on the Island Olufsen Record
1987 Dørge-Becker-Carlsen (feat Hamid Drake) – La Luna Olufsen Records
1986 Dørge-Becker-Carlsen (feat Marilyn Mazur) – Canoe Olufsen Records
1982 Thermænius – Copenhagen Boogie CBS
1982 Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra – (All releases) Steeple Chase, Olufsen Records, Dacapo
1979 Thermænius – Thermænius Live Pick-UP