"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

 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 jazz and improvisation, for which reason she dedicated two years at the Swedish jazz school “Fridhems Folkhögskola” to jazz piano playing.

 

 

 

KWBB's second album LATENCY was released at Stunt Records in March 2017.

 

While AIRCRAFT mainly impressed the Scandinavian listeners, LATENCY got massive international acclaim in leading music magazines. Especially in the UK and Germany, the album was well received:

 

“Kathrine Windfeld is a rising star on the European jazz scene, not least for her bold writing for her adventurous big band”

Jazzwise Magazine (UK)

 

In September 2018 KWBB went on UK tour with two sold out concerts at PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London and further shows at Turner Sims Concert Hall (Southampton) and Watermill Jazz (Dorking). 

 

In December 2018 Kathrine Windfeld played two concerts with one of Europe's leading big bands, Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Both shows were sold out and have been recorded for radio broadcast.

 

In 2019, KWBB has played in the Gothenburg Concert Hall in Sweden - and Kathrine Windfeld had a project with the Finnish Espoo Big Band in April.

In October, her sextet will play a tour in the UK - and KWBB will be playing showcases in Cologne and Hamburg in November.

 

 

... To be continued....

Awards and Scholarships:

 

2018 - Carl Prisen: Talent of the Year".

             Nomination: "Jazz composer of the Year"

 

2018 - Jazz Special Magazine:

            "Danish Jazz Album Of The Year"

 

2018 -  Danish Arts Foundation: The large 1-year grant

 

2018 - Odense Live Prisen -  nomination

 

2017 -  Danish Arts Foundation: The large 1-year grant

 

2016 - Danish Grammy Award:

            "New Jazz Artist Of The Year"

             Nominations: "Jazz album of the year" 

                                      "Jazz composer of the year"

 

2015 - "The large Piano Scholarship",

             Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden)

 

2013 - "Stand By" Scholarship,

             Harry Arnold Sällskapet (SE)

 

 

 

In 2011, she initiated “Kathrine Windfeld Sextet”, which is still performing frequently in Denmark and Sweden.

After Fridhems Folkhögskola, she took a bachelors 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”.

 

In early 2014, her burning enthusiasm for the big band project made her initiate a new 15-piece dream-team (DK,SE,NO) in Copenhagen. 

 

In June 2014, KWBB recorded their debut album, AIRCRAFT, featuring two renowned musicians: drummer Morten Lund (DK) and trumpet player Anders Bergcrantz (SE).

 

Very soon, in September 2014, the

exclusive jazz club "The Standard" in Copenhagen

offered the new,  young sensational orchestra a weekly gig. 

During two seasons, KWBB played at the club, sometimes with world-class stars like Mike Stern (USA). Windfeld arranged the music of the guest artists exclusively for the shows.

 

The debut album AIRCRAFT was released in October 2015 and gained overwhelmingly positive response in Scandinavia. All the national papers wrote about a new rising star with an extraordinary talent for big band writing. (see PRESS)

 

AIRCRAFT won a prestigeous Danish Music Award: ”New Jazz Artist of The Year” and was - as a rarity for a debut - nominated in further two categories: ”Album Of The Year”, and ”Composer Of The Year”.

 

In 2016 KWBB was exclusively selected for a showcase at Jazzahead in Bremen, where they played for an international gathering of bookers and

music business people.


The show gained lots of attention, not least from the renowned Scandinavian jazz record label, Stunt Records.

Education

 

  • Malmö Academy of Music: Jazz Performance
  • Musicology at University of Copenhagen. Main Assignment about Arnold Schönberg vs. Carl Nielsen and the Central European modernism.
  • Selected line courses: classical choir leading, big band arranging, musical leadership
  • Fridhem Folkhögskola (Swedish 2-year jazz elite school for young musicians)

 

 

TEACHERS 

 

Tom Harrell 

Ethan Iverson

Jeff Tain Watts

Ali Jackson

Jan Lundgren

Instructor/teacher

 

Windfeld has worked with several professionel and semi-professional ensembles, in- and outside Denmark, as conductor, composer, and arranger:

 

  • April 2019 - Concert with Espoo Big Band in Finland
  • March 2019 - Teacher at Blue House Youth Jazz Festival in Stockholm, Sweden
  • December 2018  - Two concerts with Frankfurt Radio Big Band (DE). 
  • August 2018 -  Teacher at the Big Band Summer Course in East Norwegian Jazz Society.
  • March 2017 - Concert with the Danish Radio Big Band,in the DR Concert Hall. TV and radio broadcast.
  • October 2017 - Artist in residence for "Codards New Talent Big Band" in Holland
  • November 2017 - Artist in residence for "Prime Time Orchestra" in Norway.
  • April 2016 - Concert with Monday Night Big Band in Malmö, Sweden

 

      KW teaches jazz ensemble, composition, and arranging at two of Sweden’s finest jazz schools ”Fridhems        Folkhögskola” and "Skurups Folkhögksola"

     

      Jyry duty: National competitions like ”Ung Jazz”,  ”Carl Prisen”  "BHYO Jazz" (SE).

 

 

Discography:

 

As bandleader and composer:

 

  • Kathrine Windfeld Big Band: AIRCRAFT, Gateway Music oktober 2015
  • Kathrine Windfeld Big Band: LATENCY, Stunt Records maj 2017

 

As sideman/pianist

 

  • Thomas Agergaard & Kathrine Windfeld Big Band: "Black Swan" - Storyville Records 2018
  • Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quartet – Gateway Music 2018

 

Has shared stage with:

 

Mike Stern (USA), Gilad Hekselman (ISR), Seamus Blake (US) Nancy Harms (USA), George Garzone (USA) Gerard Presencer (UK) Håkan Broström (SE), Anders Bergcrantz (SE), Edda Magnason (SE), 

 

Commissioned works:

 

Danish Radio Big Band, West Coast Big Band (SE), Jazzhus Montmartres Big Band, Basic Big Band, Niels Wilhelm Knudsen w. bigband, Sydhavn Festival, JazzDanmark 2017 with co-writer Peter Jensen.

 

 

Kathrine Windfeld

Danish pianist, composer and arranger

 

Contact/Booking

Annika Westman - westmanmusic@gmail.com

 

Other requests

windfeldmusic@gmail.com

 +4560151763

 

Supported by DANISH ARTS FOUNDATION