"Kathrine Windfeld has quickly established herself on the Danish jazz scene with her outstanding skills as composer and arranger, primarily in the modern big band genre. Her talent is combined with a fantastic musical enthusiasm and a strong drive."
- Danish Arts Foundation 2017
There, in 2011, she formed “Kathrine Windfeld Sextet”, which is still performing frequently in Denmark and Sweden. Then, she took a bachelor degree at the jazz/performance programme on “Malmoe Academy of Music”, where her quartet and the first edition of “Kathrine Windfeld Big Band (KWBB)” was formed in late 2012.
Her versatile musicianship and personal contribution to the acoustic jazz genre was officially awarded in 2013 by the Swedish “Harry Arnold Sällskap”, when she received the honorable scholarship “Stand By”.
Thus, in early 2014, her burning enthusiasm for the big band project made her gather a new 15-piece dream-team (DK,SE,NO) in Copenhagen. In June 2014, KWBB recorded their debut album, AIRCRAFT, featuring two widely respected musicians: drummer Morten Lund (DK) and trumpet player Anders Bergcrantz (SE). During rehearsals, the band was supported by the director of the Danish Radio Big Band, Steen Hansen.
Very soon, in September 2014, KWBB was headhunted by talent scout and jazz club owner Niels Lan Doky, who, from the first moment, was deeply impressed by the young orchestra and their charismatic leader. Immidiately, he offered the band a weekly gig at his exclusive jazz club The Standard in Copenhagen.
During two seasons, KWBB played at the cub - sometimes with prominent guests like Mike Stern (USA), Nancy Harms (USA) and Edda Magnason. Each time, Kathrine arranged the music of the guest artist for the bigband.
The debut album AIRCRAFT was released in October 2015 and gained massive, overwhelmingly positive response. All the national papers wrote about a new rising star with an extraordinary talent for big band writing. (see quotes)
Thus, AIRCRAFT won a prestigeous Danish Music Award: ”New Jazz Artist of The Year” and was - as a rarity for even very established jazz artists - nominated in further two categories: ”Album Of The Year”, and ”Composer Of The Year”.
Kathrine Windfeld is considered one of the most exciting, and refreshing new Scandinavian jazz composers and arrangers in many years. Pianist, composer, and arranger Kathrine Windfeld was born 1984 in Svendborg on Funen. As a teenager, her strong creative sense was channeled through painting, theatre, singing, and piano playing. During a 5-month stay at a music course at “Den Rytmiske Højskole” in 2003, the piano became her primary means of expression and she started composing her first pieces.
Striving for a further exploration of the world of music, she went to The Department of Musicology in Copenhagen where she took classes in music theory and analysis, arranging for big band, and a master’s degree in choir/ensemble leading. Meanwhile, she played in an experimental and progressive quintet, “Gespenst”, which strongly developed her sense of writing and navigating in complex rhythmical landscapes. This group became her main path to the world of jazz and improvisation, for which reason she dedicated two years at the Swedish jazz school “Fridhems Folkhögskola” to jazz piano playing.
In April 2016 KWBB was exclusively selected for a showcase at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany, where they played for a broad panel of international bookers and jazz labels.
KWBB's second album LATENCY was released at the renowned Scandinavian label Stunt Records in March 2017
2013: "Stand By Scholarship" for talented musicians (Sweden)
2015: "The large Piano Scolarship", Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden)
2016 Danish Music Awarrd: "New Jazz Artist Of The Year"
2017: "The big 1-year artist grant" (34.000 Euro) from Danish Arts Foundation
The vibrant, colorful charts draw inspiration from artists like Cannonball Adderley, Dave Holland Big Band, Kenny Wheeler, Brandford Marsalis, The Bad Plus, Mingus, Thad Jones, Brian Blade Fellowship
35 Big band scores
28 sextet pieces
25 quartet pieces
2 string quartets
8 choir pieces
As bandleader and composer:
Has played with:
Mike Stern (USA), Gilad Hekselman (ISR) Nancy Harms (USA), Håkan Broström (SE) Mimi Terris (SE) Anders Bergcrantz (SE), Edda Magnason (SE), Morten Lund (DK) Thomas Agergaard (DK)
Danish Radio Big Band, West Coast Big Band (SE), Jazzhus Montmartres Almost Big Band, Basic Big Band, Niels Wilhelm Knudsen w. bigband, Sydhavn Festival, JazzDanmark 2017 with co-writer Peter Jensen.