Guitarist, singer, composer & music journalist
“My life is all about the told story and the music, the traditional and even more the new original music, and it is in the conversation with the audience that I find the strength and power of the music. No matter where in the world I perform, I meet an audience that know and recognize the sorrows, joys and fights of life, that are the basic of the music we play and the songs we sing. It is a fantastic feeling, and it makes pefect sense, when you play your own compositions in Denmark, Japan or Bulgaria, and experience that your audience embrace the music, returning waves of energy!”
Guitarist, singer and composer Morten Alfred Høirup lives in an apartment near one of Copenhagen’s beautiful old parks, together with his youngest teenage son, Carl Alfred.
Morten Alfred is well known and respected on the Danish and international roots and folk music scene, as a innovative and deeply original guitar player, singer and composer. The American website, Rambles.net, states:
”Morten Alfred Hoirup has been playing guitar for over 20 years and is a master of his instrument. His playing is expressive, powerful, yet graceful. He is also a great storyteller.”
Through the years, Morten Alfred has been recording a number of albums with Danish and international bands and artists, and he has received no less than ten Danish Music Awards (Danish “Grammy”), one “Preis Der Deutschen Achallplattenkritik 2008”, “Tingluti’s Folkemusikpris”, “DMFs Ildsjæleprisen”, Musik over Præstø Fjord Festival’s “Spillemandsprisen”, and quite a number of grants from a large handful of Danish musician and composers organizations.
Morten Alfred grew up in a musical family. His father, Fin Alfred Larsen, is a musician, singer and tradition carrier, and all-ready as a teenager, Morten began playing in Fin Alfred’s popular wedding band.
During the following years Morten Alfred performed around the world with amongst others the Danish-Finnish-American trio, The American Café Orchestra (ACO), the Danish fiddle and guitar duo, Haugaard & Høirup (1998 – 2008), the Danish folk/world music band Himmerland (2010 – 2015), and the trio Gangspil – Lydom, Bugge & Høirup (2012 – 2017).
Right now he is active with the duo “Jensen & Bugge” (+ Høirup), with whom he released the Cd “Slid din Tid”, featuring music by the Danish composer Borcher Madsen, who was born 200 years ago.
During the years Morten Alfred has written tunes for his bands, but he also composed music for a large number of TV documentaries shown on channels all over the world, including Animal Planet, Discovery, ARD, DR, YLE, NRK, SV2, TV2. In 2004 he was awarded a Danish Music Award, as “Danish Folk Composer of the Year”.
Further more he has made him self a career as a music journalist specialized in Danish and international roots and folk music.
For more than 20 years he worked for The Danish Broadcasting Cooperation (DR) and Den 2. Radio (D2R), and as a writer for roots and folk music magazines and web portals in Denmark and internationally. Right now he is working for the Danish organization, ROSA (Danish Rock Council), as chief editor and producer on the new Danish online radio station, Radiofolk.dk.
From 2009 to 2014 Morten Alfred was the project manager of the Danish Roots – Growing in the World export project, for whom he has produced a number of compilations with Danish roots- and folk music.
He has been an active member of the board of DJBFA (Danish composers and Songwriters) since 2010, and since March 2016 he has been serving as vice chairman for the organisation, as well as a member of the board of KODA (Composers of Denmark).
He received ten Danish Music Award, amongst others “Folk Album of the Year” (2004), “Folk Composer of the Year (2004), “Award of Honor” (2012), and with Gangspil he received a Danish Music Award as “Traditional Folk Band of the Year”, in 2016.
He was given Danish Musicians Union’s award “Årets Ildsjæl” (Fiery Soul of the Year) in 2014, and Musik over Præstø Fjord’s “Spillemandsprisen” (The Folk Musicians Award), for his “great efforts to create awareness of the Danish folk music – also outside the country” in 2015.
”Speaking of song, I haven’t mentioned Høirup’s singing. He only sang one song at this matinee concert, but the audience – packed in like sardines – loved it. A bit husky, a bit rough, and totally tender. We want more!” – Folk it!, Radio Concertzender NL
Morten Alfred Høirup will be touring on the Faroe Islands, and in Denmark, Germany, Canada and in The US, during 2016 and 2017.