Kasper Tranberg (b. 1971 in Denmark)
is a composing improviser and bandleader who plays cornet and trumpet and likes poetry.
Tranberg has been a strong voice on the european music scene for more than two decades, and lately he is, beside his own work, known for his collaborations with a.o. Yusef Lateef, Marc Ducret, Jacob Anderskov, Tim Berne and Peter Bruun.
Kasper took up the trumpet at the age of ten and was playing in local march and brass bands soon.
Early studies with Prof. Søren Emtoft from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Denmark. Aged 19 Kasper began studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, US where his main teachers were legendary Herb Pomeroy and trumpeter Greg Hopkins. In 1993 Kasper returned to Copenhagen and got his first major gig with Mercer Ellington at The Duke Ellington Conference in 1994.
At the same time guitarist Niclas Knudsen and Kasper had formed the quartet “When Granny Sleeps” which recorded three successful albums with a.o. David Liebman and Ray Anderson. The band toured in Europe and also performed at The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York, US.
In the late 1990’s Kasper and guitarist Jonas Struck formed the band BUGPOWDER with space-trombonist Mads Hyhne and drummer Laust Sonne. The hard hitting unit recorded two albums, performed quite a bit and was nominated to a Nordic Music Council Award for the album “Autoabsence” released on Kaspers label Bugpowder Records formed in 1998.
As a sideman Kasper has worked with James Moody, Ray Anderson, Joe Lovano, Steve Swallow, Kip Hanrahan, David Liebman, Michael Blake, Gianluigi Trovesi, Chris Potter, Tyshawn Sorey, Pierre Dørge, Ib Glindeman, Nikolaj Nørlund, Hugo Rasmussen, Lars HUG, Bent Jædig, Paul Banks, Swan Lee, Mew, Fredrik Lundin, T.S Hawk, Hans Ulrik, C.V. Jørgensen, John Tchicai, Savage Rose, Jesper Zeuthen, Jacob Bellens and Jakob Anderskov among many others
KASPER TRANBERG : SUITE COBRA (solo cornet/trumpet and poetry)
KASPER TRANBERG TERZET w Nils Davidsen (b) and Frands Rifbjerg (drums)
KASPER TRANBERG STRAWBOSS w Tony Malaby (saxes) Pandelis Karayorgis
(piano) Nils Davidsen (cello+bass) Adam P Melbye (bass) Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (drums and percussion)
Kasper Tranberg Tokyo Quartet w. Hiroshi Minami (piano) Hiroaki Mizutani (b) and Akira Sotoyama (drums)
Peter Bruun – All Too Human w. Bruun, Simon Toldam and Marc Ducret.
Frands Rifbjerg Quartet w Søren Kjærgaard, AC and Frands Rifbjerg
Strange Brothers w. Simon Spang-Hanssen, Peter Danstrup and Ole Rømer
Damaztra : w Peter Danstrup and Marilyn Mazur
Fosterchild w. Sebastian Gille, Jacob Anderskov, David Helm, Fabian Arends
SiiN w Tim Berne, Petter Eldh and Peter Bruun
Rasmus Krogh Quartet
In trio with Adam Pultz Melbye and Yasuhiro Yoshigaki
Zone Bleue duo w. bassist/cellist Nils Davidsen
Jacob Anderskov's Accident
Jesper Zeuthen's Plus
Albums as a leader
Kasper Tranberg : Terzet (ILK, 2018)
Kasper Tranberg : Strawboss (ILK, 2018)
Zone Bleue (ILK)
The Universal Quartet feat Yusef Lateef “LIGHT" (ILK)
The Universal Quartet feat. Yusef Lateef (BlackOut Records)
Kasper Tranberg : Dreams and Blues for Toru Takemitsu (EWE,Japan)
Kasper Tranberg : Mortimer House (EWE, Japan)
Kasper Tranberg : Copenhagen Social Aid And Pleasure Club (EWE, Japan)
Kasper Tranberg : Terracotta ( Blackout Records)
Kasper Tranberg Yakuza Zhuffle (Storyville Records)
Kasper Tranberg : Panorama (Bugpowder)
Awards and nominations
Ben Webster Prize 2019
Nordic Council Music Prize
Danish Art Foundation