Tore Brunborg

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Tore Brunborg
Brunborg at Oslo Jazzfestival in 2016
Brunborg at Oslo Jazzfestival in 2016
Background information
Born (1960-05-20) 20 May 1960 (age 60)
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

Tore Brunborg (born 20 May 1960) is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer who plays saxophone. He was born in Trondheim but grew up in Voss where a jazz environment was flowering.[1] Known from numerous appearances with international greats including Bugge Wesseltoft, Håvard Wiik, Audun Kleive, Anders Jormin, Diederik Wissels, Arild Andersen, Pat Metheny, Per Jørgensen, Geir Lysne, Misha Alperin, Bjørn Alterhaug, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Jarle Vespestad, Jon Christensen, Jon Balke, Nils Petter Molvær, Vigleik Storaas, Bo Stief, and Billy Cobham.[2]


After playing with Knut Kristiansen and Per Jørgensen, Brunborg debuted at Vossajazz (1980, 1982). After this he studied music at Toneheim folkehøgskole and on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1980–82),[3] and has evolved to be one of the most sought jazz saxophonists in Norway.

He was on the lineup for the acclaimed band Masqualero and was three times awarded Spellemannprisen with this band. Brunborg also was within Jon Eberson's Jazzpunkensemblet (two record releases). He performed with Pat Metheny at the Moldejazz (2001), and has appeared in a wide range of lineups with different jazz orchestras since. At the Norwegian Jazz scene he has been most recognized for the cooperation with Arild Andersen and his music for "Kristin Lavransdatter", performed to the Olympic Games at Lillehammer. He is a member of the Jazz quartet Moment together with Jørn Øien, Jens Fossum and Andreas Bye.[1][2]

During the past few years he has worked with Mathias Eick, Manu Katché, the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble and Ketil Bjørnstad. He also plays a key role on two of Mats Eilertsen's records (Radio Yonder and Sky Dive), and with the band Scent of Soil fronted by vocalist Kirsti Huke and Brunborg.[4] On their first album, they make use of material from a critically acclaimed commissioned work they wrote together for the Vossajazz Festival in 2010.[5][6]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Spellemannprisen 1983 in the class jazz for the album Masqualero, with the band Masqualero
  • Spellemannprisen 1986 in the class jazz for the album Bande a Part, with the band Masqualero
  • Spellemannprisen 1991 in the class jazz for the album Re-enter, with the band Masqualero
  • Vossajazzprisen 2013


Solo albums[edit]


Within Masqualero, including Nils Petter Molvær, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen

  • 1983: Masqualero (Odin), Jon Balke
  • 1983: Bande À Part (ECM), with Jon Balke
  • 1988: Aero (ECM), with Frode Alnæs
  • 1991: Re-enter (ECM)

With others


  1. ^ a b "Tore Brunborg". Biography (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Brunborg, Tore Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk musikkinformasjon Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Jazzlinja". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Dobbeltaktuelle Tore Brunborg –". (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ Fordham, John (3 May 2012). "Tore Brunborg/Kirsti Huke/Petter Vagan: Scent of Soil – review". The Guardian. London.
  6. ^ "Tore Brunborg/Kirsti Huke: Scent of Soil -".

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Eldbjørg Raknes
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Jan Gunnar Hoff
Preceded by
Sigrid Moldestad
Recipient of the Vossajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Sigbjørn Apeland