A native of Denmark, Winnie Dahlgren started playing percussion at age fifteen and received both her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and her Master’s degree in Performance from the Vestjysk Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark. In the middle of her classical studies at the conservatory, she took two years off to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After finishing up her studies at the conservatory she returned to Berklee College of Music from which she received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition and Performance.
She has since performed in both jazz and classical settings with concerts in Europe, the United States, China and Africa. Since November 1998 she has been working with singer Stewart Sukuma from Mozambique, together they have founded the music education outreach project ‘No Boundaries’ (www.noboundariesoutreach.org). She has performed with: Mike Mainieri, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Steve Lacy, Christian McBride, and Esperanza Spaulding, among others.
Ms. Dahlgren has surrounded herself with musicians from all over the world which allows her to swiftly move between the different styles, ranging from classical to jazz, Latin and world music, and still retain their authenticity. Currently, Winnie Dahlgren is an active percussionist performing in various settings, in addition to being on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, as a Professor since 2001.
As a composer, she has been commissioned and written music for many different jazz settings, ranging from small ensemble to big bands, as well as writing for percussion ensembles. Winnie’s current project is together with bassist Matthew Garrison (www.garrisonjazz.com). She’s arranging Mr. Garrison’s music for big band. The project started with a performance back in June 2012 at Mr. Garrison’s venue ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, New York.
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