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German Afghan vocalist Simin Tander represents a new sound in the European jazz landscape: mysterious, narrative, tenderly beautiful yet also powerful, playful and impulsive. Simin moves her audience with a fascinating voice that knows every possible color, expression and embodies it with an alluring intensity. In the Netherlands, Simin Tander’s talent is no longer a secret. During the last years Simin has become one of the rising stars of the Dutch jazz scene with succesful performances at the North Sea jazz Festival, the Bimhuis, the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the 2010 Young VIP tour and her collaboration with Dutch Jazz star Eric Vloeimans. Simin and her Quartet have additionally performed at several international major venues including The Women in Jazz festival (Germany), JazzAhead (Germany), Bohemia Jazz Festival (Czech Republic), Catania Jazz (Italy), Hong Kong Jazz Festival (China) and International Jazzfestival Madrid (Spain). Simin’s debut CD, 'Wagma' (Neuklang Records) received a great deal of attention from both the Dutch and International jazz press. The title to Simin’s Debut CD “Wagma” translates from the Afghan Pashtoe (Simin’s fathers native language) and means “Morning Dew”

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Top 25 "Read" Album Reviews: 2016

Read "Top 25 "Read" Album Reviews: 2016" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our top twelve published in 2016. Evolution Dr. Lonnie Smith by Dan Bilawsky Published: January 4, 2016 Spark Hiromi by Jeff Winbush

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Read "Rumi Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim may lack the marquee status of countryman (and fellow ECM artist) Jan Garbarek. But he is no less adventurous, and has recently been popping up all over on 2016 ECM releases: on Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon; with Sinikka Langeland and the Trio Medieval on The Magical Forest; with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 3-7, 2016 In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all: swing blues soul improvisation latin gospel R 'n' B crossroads silence groove world ...

Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad at Fringe Arts

Read "Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad at Fringe Arts" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Tord Gustavsen (with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad) Fringe Arts jny: Philadelphia, PA June 20, 2016 The music of this trio project is “a mystical and spiritual journey," Tord Gustavsen declared early in the set during his first-ever appearance in Philadelphia, an endeavor about “finding the divine light ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Simin Tander: Daring To Surrender

Read "Simin Tander: Daring To Surrender" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Luck, so the saying goes, is ninety per cent hard work, as Simin Tander knows only too well. The Afghan/German singer is currently making international waves with What Was Said (ECM, 2016), a haunting collaboration with Tord Gustavsen, and is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. Whilst an element of luck of the right-time right-place ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander, Jarle Vespestad: What Was Said

Read "What Was Said" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Continuità e radicale cambiamento in questo nuovo album di Tord Gustavsen: il pianista di Oslo è ancora in trio con il fido batterista Jarle Vespestad, ma con la cantante tedesca di origini afgane Simin Tander a sostituire il contrabbasso; al pianoforte affianca un inedito, moderato impiego di elettronica; ancora al lavoro su materiale di ispirazione sacra ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander & Jarle Vespestad: What was said

Read "What was said" reviewed by Ian Patterson

An exciting new trio sees Tord Gustavsen and Jarle Vespestad combine with German-Afghan singer Simin Tander to submit Norwegian church music to the push and pull of improvisation and the spell of thirteenth century Persian Sufi mystic, Jalal al-Din Rumi's poetry. What might seem like an esoteric experiment, in fact follows logical currents. Gustavsen's ensembles have ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vossa Jazz 2016

Read "Vossa Jazz 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Vossa Jazz Various venues jny:Voss, Norway March 18-20, 2016 Perched high on the mountain side, the weather-beaten wooden farm houses of the Voss folk museum command a truly impressive view of the town below, ringed by snow-capped mountains, interlocking valleys and ice-covered fjords that stretch to the four points ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander & Jarle Vespestad: What was said

Read "What was said" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

What was said introduces a new trio from Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, featuring German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, with the support of longtime collaborator drummer Jarle Vespestad (who has played on all of Gustavsen's previous ECM recordings). The inspiration for the program was the tradition of Norwegian church music, but it is explored in a most untraditional ...


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