BIOGRAPHY

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.


Carl arranged a lot of the exam pieces for the ‘Rockschool’ syllabus for  acoustic guitar and drums and is writing a lengthy and thorough book on guitar improvisation that he expects to finish around 2065.
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 over 300, times where he has jammed onstage with the likes of Eric Krasno, Mike Stern, Bill Summers and Marcus Miller, and has played at many of the world’s leading jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, Kuala Lumpur and Vittoria/Gasteiz.


He has taught guitar at Brunel University, Middlesex University, BIMM, The Academy of Contemporary Music, Sydney Conservatorium Of Music and The Australian Institute Of Music.


“A stunningly beautiful feast for the ears”

Walter Kolosky

(John McLaughlin biographer) review of Carl’s Forbearance album.


“Carl Orr plays his ass off”

Mike Stern