Adrienne Torf Music
Welcome to my website! Your interest in my music means a lot to me.
From this site you can purchase, download or stream my recordings, find out about upcoming and recent performances, download photos, listen to podcasts, watch videos, and read reviews of some of my recent projects. You can also join me in advocacy and activism by supporting some of my favorite organizations.
Adrienne Torf began studying piano and music theory at the age of three. Her musical life since then has included accompanying theater and dance companies, touring and recording with singers Holly Near, Linda Tillery, Ferron, Cris Williamson and Meg Christian, and most significantly, a nineteen-year collaboration with African-American poet, essayist and activist June Jordan. Together they wrote numerous works for performance including their full-length stage musical/documentary opera “Bang Bang Uber Alles”.
Adrienne’s recordings include two solo albums of original compositions for piano and synthesizers, Brooklyn From the Roof (1986) and Two Hands Open (2003), both recognized as “best of” in the year of their release by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, and June Jordan and Adrienne Torf Collaboration: Selected Works, 1983-2000 (2003).
Adrienne’s community-collaboration performance piece “The Awesome Difficult Work of Love” has been produced in Madison WI (2008), San Francisco (2012) and Sedona, AZ (2022). Also in 2022, Adrienne co-developed the theater piece Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience with Raymond O. Caldwell at Theater Alliance / IN Series in Washington DC; the show was awarded the 2023 Helen Hayes Theater Washington Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical Adaptation.
Adrienne also serves as a consulting CFO and board member for numerous progressive nonprofit arts, media and social justice organizations.
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MORE COMING SOON….
November 19, 2023
- Something About the Women – Irene Young book release celebration with Holly Near and MANY more! Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. This is a livestream event!
November 10, 2023
- Women in the Arts Festival Adrienne Torf and Voices of the Revolution – an evening of solo piano and performances of works from “June Jordan and Adrienne Torf: Collaboration” as well as original poetry by Voices of the Revolution. This event was livestreamed.
November 11, 2023
- Toledo, OH – Adrienne Torf and Voices of the Revolution – an evening of solo piano and performances of works from “June Jordan and Adrienne Torf: Collaboration” as well as original poetry by Voices of the Revolution.
May 22, 2023
- Helen Hayes Awards – “Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience” received the Theater Washington Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical Adaptation. Stay tuned for future productions in Washington DC and in cities around the U.S.” – Adrienne
August 26, 2023 –
Resonant Surfaces @ Freight & Salvage, Berkeley – “Sarah Bush (dancer), Shelley Doty (guitarist & vocalist) and Adrienne Torf (pianist) explore concepts of motherhood, personal experiences and collective narratives in an intergenerational project that incorporates improvisation as well as fully composed elements. “Resonant Surfaces” will introduce the audience to new ways of engaging with the guitar, piano and human body, heightening awareness of the various components of our instruments – illuminating melodic and percussive possibilities and emotional impact. As artists we ask ourselves, what is the origin/lineage/birth of our creativity and our connection to our chosen artform? In “Resonant Surfaces” we deconstruct and recombine the elements of sound and movement in non-conventional ways, inviting the audience into our collaborative feminist space.“
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Links to social media assets
Podcast Episode with Linda Damita – 2022
Linda was a spoken word participant in the Sedona, AZ production of “The Awesome Difficult Work of Love” . While I was there, we recorded this podcast.
Podcast Episodes – Haas Podcasts
A podcast I recently recorded as a Haas School of Business Alum focused largely on my musical self.
What We Did This Summer – YouTube 2009
(0:40 to 2:45) Post Camps @ IMA With June Millington
Queer Music Heritage Radio – 2004
Spotlight: Adrienne Torf
Press for “Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience”
‘Poetry to the People: The June Jordan Experience’ – Anacostia Arts Center – DC Theater Arts
DC Theater Arts 2023 Helen Hayes Awards – You have to scroll down pretty far to get to our category
Poetry for the People: the June Jordan Experience – Digital program (pdf)