Adrienne Torf began studying piano at the age of three. Her early experience included playing for theater productions, choral groups and an all-girl disco band while a student at Smith College. After graduating from Stanford, she became a contract studio and touring keyboard player, touring and recording with Holly Near, Linda Tillery, Ferron, Kay Gardner and others. Her keyboard compositions and arrangements appear on more than 20 albums, including her own two solo releases: Brooklyn From The Roof (1986) and Two Hands Open (2003).
In 1983, Adrienne began a long-running collaboration with the late poet and political activist June Jordan. Bang Bang Über Alles, their full-length contemporary opera, was produced off-Broadway and by Atlanta's Seven Stages Theater, where the Ku Klux Klan attempted to shut down the show. Their recording June June Jordan & Adrienne Torf: Collaboration (Selected Works, 1983-2000) was released in 2003, featuring studio performances by Jordan and Torf, as well as guest vocals by Rhiannon, Jeanie Tracy, Cris Williamson and Andre dos Santos Morgan.
In 1992, Adrienne earned an MBA from UC Berkeley. She works in finance and operations leadership roles in progressive nonprofit organizations.
piece on Brooklyn From The Roof is stylistically
[Torf] has technique to burn (and enough
artistic maturity to use it wisely). Brooklyn is a
strong contribution, imbued with emotional intensity
and impressive aesthetic awareness.
From The Roof is a gem of an album
her to be a commanding talent, by turns romantic,
introspective and witty.
McLaughlin, The Boston Globe
gifted young American composer and keyboard artist
New York Times
Torf is a true musician. Her compositions go beyond
the frame of jazz and the classics to create a free
and unique world. Yet, she maintains a dignity essential
in music. Brooklyn From The Roof is colorful,
mysterious and profound.
over George Winston and Philip Glass. Adrienne Torf
is coming into her own
is an incredible pianist.
of 1988s 10 best albums
The Boston Globe
succeeds in communicating her love of music, and in
pulling us into it with her.
delicately skilled touch blended perfectly, no matter
what the style
[In] the evening show-stopper,
Hay Una Mujer
Torf performed an amazing,
complex arrangement of the tune [which] brilliantly
and eloquently conveyed the horror and loss.
Guthrie, Anchorage Daily News
HANDS OPEN (ABongo Music, 2003). Original
music for piano; Leslie Ann Jones, producer.
JORDAN and ADRIENNE TORF: COLLABORATION (Selected
Works, 1983-2000), (2003). Poetry and lyrics
by June Jordan, music by
Adrienne B. Torf. Featuring performances by Jordan
and Torf, Cris Williamson, Rhiannon, Andre dos Santos
Morgan, Jeanie Tracy and others; Adrienne Torf, producer.
FROM THE ROOF,
ABongo Music (1988; re-issued 2003) and Nippon Phonogram
(1987). Original music for piano and synthesizers;
Leslie Ann Jones, producer.
A WAY, ABongo Music (1990). Original music for
piano and synthesizers; Adrienne Torf and Patrice
LOVE, Holly Near, Calico Tracks Music (2000)
OUT, The IMA Sessions, Ferron, IMA (1999)
Ferron, Cherrywood Station (1994).
PLACE, Margie Adam, Pleiades Records (1993).
Kay Gardner, Ladyslipper Records (1989).
WIT and INNER DANCE, Diane Mariechild and Shuli
Goodman, in conjunction with Mother Wit books (1987).
ON A DIME, Ferron, Lucy Records (1984).
THE HEART, Meg Christian, Olivia Records (1984).
AT CARNEGIE HALL,
Meg Christian and Cris Williamson, Olivia Records
Holly Near, Redwood Records (1982).
IN THE RAIN,
Holly Near, Redwood Records (1981).
Silver, Women In The Arts (1999)
LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR, with Holly Near, Streeter
COCKTAIL, with Holly Near, Streeter Productions
with Holly Near, August Night Records (1986)
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