Torben Brown

Expressive, emotional and distinct, Torben Brown draws on wide-reaching and varied musical roots to play a broad, accessible and surprising repertoire of original and cover music that spans eras, styles and continents. Torben has become a staple of the Vancouver country scene, while also playing jazz, rock, reggae and world music gigs ‘on the other pickup.’ His versatility and wide ranging experience make him a favorite of his students, and a regular go-to for singers with demanding songs. Although known mostly as a ‘chicken-picker’, Torben’s guitar sound is deep and varied, moving between tremolo drenched Americana on one gig, to sophisticated jazz on the next. He sings intuitive, spot-on harmonies, and has a powerful, distinctive voice. As a bar-room and lounge musician, Torben maintains a huge repertoire and can be found singing rock, jazz, country, classic and contemporary pop, or 90’s hits depending on the occasion. A clever and passionate songwriter, Torben crafts his original music with all the depth of his wide influence, and his songs are known for smart lyrics and catchy melodies set to lush harmony and driving rhythms. Torben delivers tight, energetic, engaging performances with a singular style, great songs and world-class playing.





Torben has extensive experience playing western music styles and is known for lightning fast chicken pickin’ and soaring pedal-steel style twang. His main vehicle for is THE NEW SHACKELTONS, Vancouver’s busiest retro country band, playing Tonk, blues, rockabilly and western swing, with a little 2nd line for fun.


Torben studied jazz guitar at the University of Guelph and plays with a deep, rich, and just-gritty-enough tone. See him around town backing up BEAUTY SHOP DOLLS, vintage vocal trio.


Torben is a very experienced rock guitarist and singer, having played extensively in rock bands from his first days as a musician in the 90’s until now. Well versed in modern and classic styles, Torben is equally at home playing Radiohead, note-for-note renditions of Sultans of Swing, or his own intense, impressionistic and harmonically sophisticated original music with GLENSTRUP


~ Music doesn't care if you find it hard to play ~

Early Childhood Music

Working for local preschool, daycare, and family music schools, Torben has gained extensive experience in early childhood music education. Age-appropriate songs, musical games, and percussion instruments are explored, along with basic musical literacy. Students as young as five years can begin ukulele or short scale guitar lessons.

Adolescent & Adult Music

Torben teaches private, one-on-one guitar, ukulele and beginner drum lessons from his home in Burnaby, as well as from Musicbox New Westminster. Lessons are tailored to the students’ goals and style preferences. Torben is an experienced performer and teacher of pop, country, jazz, rock and blues, electric or acoustic guitar. Particular areas of expertise include fingerstyle roots, aka ‘Travis Picking’, country, blues and rockabilly lead and rhythm guitar, classic and 90’s rock, and singing while playing.