Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Dorge, Pierre, Danish guitarist, composer, arranger, conductor, teacher and bandleader.
Born in Copenhagen February 28th 1946.
Dorge 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 Dorge into an original synthesis. He has played jazz rock, 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 Dorge has added his own tongue in cheek eccentricity, the result being his special brand of world music.
During his career Dorge 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, Dorge has been attracting considerable international attention.
Dorge 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 Dorge, 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.