Biography

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Mark Solborg
born 24.08.1972
Danish/Argentinian

Guitarist, composer & teacher.

I strive to create contemporary music that require presence,  and in different ways – with respect – challenges tradition, listener and musician. Music where the sum of the collective efforts is greater than the individual performance. A personal and unpolished approach is a key ambition.

I have since 2000 as composer, leader or co-leader released 17 albums with original works. Besides that a substantial amount of music for plays and film. Awards, prizes and nominations include Danish Arts Agency, The Spanish Cultural Ministry, Danish Music Awards Jazz, CPH Dox, a.o. See reviews and info elsewhere on these pages.

During 2000-15 I have written and developed music for the groups and projects  Mark Solborg 4, On Dog (ITA/DK/LUX), Solborg/Skjødt – Omdrejninger (DK/DE/NO), Herb Robertson/Mark Solborg duo (DK/US), Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg (DK/ITA), Michael Rexen / Mark Solborg,
Solborg 4+4+1 feat. Chris Speed and Hank Roberts (DK/N/US), Polyfonias (DK/E), moLd (DK/D), Mark Solborg Trio feat. Evan Parker & Herb Robertson (DK/UK/N/US), Solborg/Banke Duo, Short Story Compositions
(Banke/Solborg duo with various poets. Jan Sonnergaard, Kristina Stolze,  Pia Juul, a.o), Hopscotch (ITA/DK/CAN), Anderskov/Solborg Duo, poetry by Peter Wessel og Adda Djørup, Revolver (DK/N/L), Ventilator, a.o.. The music has been performed at venues and festivals in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Latvia, Wales, Ireland, France, Germany, UK, Malta, Spain, Italy, Poland, Syriah, USA, China, Brazil, a.o. by musicians from 12 different nations.

Commissions (supported by the Danish Arts Foundation) include scored works for Nordjysk Sinfonietta, various string and chamber-ensembles, Polyfonias, a.o.

Selected scores for theatre & dance: All performances by  Flyvende Grise (Incl. Historien Om Alt –  Reumert-award 2010), misc. plays at Teater MomentumCaféteateret, Bergen Nationalscene, DR Radio Drama, E.K.K.O. o.a.

Selected scores for film: Painting my Secret, One Day (modtager af 2x Gulddox, o.a.) og Hjemløs af Ditte Haarløv Johnsen.

As a sideman I have played in many bands and projects including Embla, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Almaz Yebio Group, a.o
Currently I take part in  Rosor och Tulpan (Qarin Wikström sings Evert Taube) and recently in Signe Bisgaards great large ensemble.

Other recent encounters include Francois Corneloup (F) at Jazz d’Or, Andrew Drury (US),  Peter Knight (AU) at LAK festival, Ceci Quinteros (ARG), a.o.

 

Education

Rythmic Conservatory, Copenhagen: ML , MD Diploma
New School University,  New York :  Jazz & Contemporary Music Program
Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium: AM
Vallekilde Summersessions x 6
Study-travels to Brazil and India
Rødovre Gymnasium


Teaching

Currently associated with The Rhtythmic Conservatory, Copenhagen and various pre academy-schools (MGK), including Sankt Annæ MGK-gymnasium.


Misc.

Co-founder of the independent record-label ILK. Currently member of the executive committee.
Currently member of the DJBFA board.

 

 

Sponsors of working-grants, residencies and support for projects, ensembles and releases include:

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Magister Jürgen Balzers Fond

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Fundacion Valparaiso