Born in 1968 in Wyckoff, NJ, Tor Lundvall is a painter and ambient composer. The son of Blue Note Records legend Bruce Lundvall, Tor was exposed to artwork, music, and creativity from a young age, and began his professional painting and music output in the late 80s. Widely known for his dark imagery and thoughtful, provocative soundscapes, Tor Lundvall’s artwork is all-encompassing.
Lundvall introduced himself to Dais Records with his masterpiece Sleeping & Hiding, and followed with his second instrumental album, The Shipyard. Recorded during the winter of 2009, The Shipyard documents a time when Lundvall had immersed himself in portrait studies of local maritime life at the docks. The collection of songs that as a whole became The Shipyard provided the perfect soundtrack to the final renderings of the vivid, impressionistic paintings that Lundvall was creating during this time. Similarly, for The Park, Lundvall set about capturing the landscapes of various parks and composed a lurid and abstract soundtrack to accompany his sources of inspiration. Field recordings of birds, insects, lawnmowers, wood chippers, and other less definable sounds supplement the music, and give the final recordings an authenticity that has become Lundvall’s signature.
To date, Lundvall and Dais have released several albums and collections, including the critically acclaimed A Dark Place, and three box sets - The Seasons Unfold, Structures and Solitude and Nature Laughs As Time Slips By. A fourth box set, 2022's There Must Be Someone collects his earliest recordings from the late 1980s to 2021's streaming-breakout Beautiful Illusions, "inspired by memories of sitting in a church or cathedral watching the shifting sunlight through stained glass."
Every album tells a story and animates the temperaments and moods of his paintings that may have never been fully manifested without their aural counterparts. Over time, through his vast collection of pure and cinematic ambient hymns, Tor Lundvall has steadily established himself as one of ambient music’s most familiar faces.
An intensely private individual, Tor Lundvall eschews the gallery circuit and live performances for his private studio in Eastern Long Island, NY, preferring to show his artwork privately and focus on studio production and writing without the pressures of the audience and all it encompasses.