Irene Becker (b. 1951)
Irene Becker is a Danish pianist, composer and teacher. She completed her masters degree in musicology at the University of Copenhagen with a thesis on the jazz musician Ornette Coleman. In addition, she studied world music at the Creative Music Studio Woodstock, New York with Karlheinz Berger and Nana Vasconcelos.
Since 1981, Becker has been a member of New Jungle Orchestra and, from 1978, the Quartet Thermænius, which now performs as Dørge-Becker-Carlsen. Becker has played with John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur and Johnny Dyani and has in recent years collaborated with dancers and poets. She tours regularly and has travelled to places as diverse as Gambia, Ghana, Bali, Siberia, China, where she was given the opportunity to do field studies and get inspiration from their older musical cultures. This has therefore led, for example, to experiments with a fusion of Balinese and electro-acoustic instruments (keyboards). She has also worked together with the Siberian female vocalist Sainkho Namtchylak, and has studied composition with Bob Brookmeyer at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. With this she has also composed for big band, woodwind-quintet, and choir.