Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6
Jeff Torbert has worked as a performer, educator, composer, and improvisation and creativity facilitator. Performing as an electric and acoustic guitarist and sometimes-pianist-vocalist, Jeff has made music in dozens of genres and contexts, from accompanying opera singers to Tango and Bossa Nova bands, improvisation collectives, Symphony Nova Scotia, as well in the fields of pop, folk, rock and jazz.
Jeff began his post-secondary studies under classical guitarist Doug Reach at Dalhousie University and continued with improvisor David Tronzo at Berklee College of Music in Boston. This was followed by jazz and creative music workshops at the Banff Centre along with apprenticing with master percussionist Jerry Granelli.
As a full-time faculty member at Acadia University, Jeff guides music students in advanced musicianship practices, creativity, improvisation, music entrepreneurship, and guitar. Jeff works individually with guitar students interested in expanding their creative and performance capacities as well as those pursuing a more specific career such as music therapist, songwriter or studio musician. As an educator and facilitator Jeff works with groups using creativity and improvisation practices such as at the Taos Institute International Conference in November 2018 (Cancun, Mexico).
Jeff has two albums of original music under his name, each earning multiple award nominations: the 2010 East Coast Music Award and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Best Jazz Recording nominations for This Weather Honest, and the 2013 ECMA and 2012 MNS Best Jazz Recording nominations for Urban Poultry & Other Hopes. The latter featured the Netherland’s Kenny Talkowski on saxophones and was followed up with a tour of the Netherlands and Belgium in the spring of 2016.
Jeff has also been a frequent collaborator on other artists’ recordings, such as pop musician Rich Aucoin’s Hold (2018) and We’re All Dying To Live (2011), jazz vocalist Zoe Leger’s The Girl From Yesterday (2015) and folk-crossover musician Anne Janelle’s So Long At The Fair (2013). Jeff is currently looking forward to playing guitar for an upcoming multi-media project with Canadian soprano Suzie Leblanc with music by composer Jerome Blais entitled Mouvance, to be premiered in Halifax and Montreal in early 2019.