Guitarist/composer Carl Orr has been a professional musician since 1980, and has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the planet including Billy Cobham, George Duke, Eric Bibb,Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Bennie Maupin, Don Grusin, Lisa Moore and The Philharmonia Orchestra and has backed many pop artists including Roisin Murphy, Marcia Hines, Doug Parkinson, Lulu and Anastacia. He was guitarist on the 2018 UK tour of Sting’s “The Last Ship” and has played in the pit orchestras of “Thriller Live” and “Priscilla,Queen of The Desert” in London’s West End.
A prolific composer, Berklee-educated Carl has recorded nine albums as a leader and he also is featured on albums by Billy Cobham, Dudley Philips, Jackie Orszaczky and Nathan Haines. He is currently working on his tenth album which features solo acoustic guitar performances of his compositions.
Carl has a broad range of musical interests and his compositions manifest the influence of jazz, funk,pop, classical and rock and traditional music from around the world.
In 2017 he was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall Of Fame alongside the likes of entrepreneur Robert Stigwood and guitarist to the stars, Orianthi.
Carl has performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club's Late Late Show over 300 times, including over 100 appearances as featured artist. In this context Carl has jammed onstage with the likes of Eric Krasno, Mike Stern, Jacob Collier, Nigel Kennedy and Marcus Miller.
He has taught guitar at Brunel University, Middlesex University, The Academy of Contemporary Music, Sydney Conservatorium Of Music and The Australian Institute Of Music.
Carl arranged a lot of the exam pieces for the ‘Rockschool’ syllabus for acoustic guitar and drums and has done many podcasts and video guitar courses for the excellent jazz guitar education site www.fretdojo.com
“A stunningly beautiful feast for the ears”
(John McLaughlin biographer) review of Carl’s Forbearance album.
“Carl Orr plays his ass off”