Adrienne Torf

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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