Pierre Dørge

Danish guitarist, composer, arranger, conductor, teacher and bandleader. Born in Copenhagen 1946.

Dørge is one of the most prolific and wide-ranging figures on the Danish scene today. He has been interested in modern jazz from the beginning of his career in 1960. But through the years he has also shown a keen curiosity about other cultures and genres. Thus, elements from European, Asian, African, and Afro-American music traditions have been assembled by Dørge into an original synthesis. He has played jazzrock, and e.g. been heavily influenced by Arabic music and by folk music from the Balkans and from The Gambia.
To this combination of multiple and widespread traditions Dørge has added his own tongue in cheek eccentricity, the result being his special brand of world music.

During his career Dørge has worked with and taken initiative to form numerous groups. He has played free music (again and again with saxophonist John Tchicai), swing (with violinist Svend Asmussen), and fusion (with his own combos). He has toured all continents, chiefly with varying sizes of his New Jungle Orchestra established in 1980 (Appointed as The Danish State Ensemble, 1993-1996). Via these travels, as well as his recordings, Dørge has been attracting considerable international attention.

Dørge draws on his extremely broad background, thereby creating strong and surprising music. Most of the repertoire played by The NJO is composed and arranged by Pierre Dørge, who stresses his use of contrasts, between simplicity and complexity, between lull and storm, ect. Among others he has listened a lot to Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.

Since 1998 he received a life grant from the Danish State as a composer.


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Selected Awards, Grants & Recognitions

Year Title Description
2002 Django d´Or Prize The Bandleader of Exellence.
2000 H. C. Lumbye Award
1998 Lifelong grant From the Danish Ministry of Culture as a composer
1987 Award of Honour From the Danish Sociaty for Jazz, Rock and Folk Composers (DJBFA)
1986 The JASA Prize

Selected Productions

Year Title Description
1997 Calle og Kristoffer Film music.
1997 Hænderne Op Film music
1996 Balladen om Holger Danske Film music.
1995 Mis med de Blå Øjne Film music.
1994 Love and Hate Film music.
1994 Bryllupsfotografen Film music.