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Simon Toldam is one of Scandinavia´s most exiting and acclaimed musicians from the current generation. He has received 4 danish jazzgrammies, among them ”Rising Star” of the danish music scene. He is a member of Danish leading jazz/avantgarde label ILK, and has released 12 cd´s as leader/co-leader. Toldam started his first trio at the age of 9, and has since then been leading and co-leading several groups playing jazz, improv and beyond. Composition and improvisation has always – and still is - been the mainpillars in the musical carrier of this versatile player. He has composed music for orchestras of various size all the way from trio to 20-piece orchestras, film, theatre, modern dance, and was chosen as official Festival Composer at Cph Jazzfestival 2007. Besides leading/co-leading a number of groups, Toldam is in demand on the scene as sideman in various, jazz/new music settings, and as teacher on the conservatories in DK. Toldam is currently leading his own trio and the larger group Stork, both orchestras presenting the music of Toldam, showing all of his orchestrational abilities and his intriguing way of conveying his own music.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2This is the second part of an article that looks back and reflects on experiences with live music in 2019. This part deals with a musician's legacy (Ornette Coleman) and continues with an examination of artistic developments and dynamics in the jazz field in a festival (Jazzfest Berlin) and related ...

Omhu

Label: ILK Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Ind i tunnelen; 6000 år; Hurtig indeni, langsom udenpå; Illumination; Cirkel; Sol; Se, der kommer en dag; Så godt du går; Musik for orgel.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Toldam Trio: Omhu

Read "Omhu" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un'eleganza persino un po' estenuata, ma con un suo pathos e una sua cifra stilistica, caratterizza questo nuovo lavoro (dovrebbe essere il quarto) del trio capitanato dal giovane pianista danese Simon Toldam. Nove i brani, tutti del leader tranne il secondo e il quarto, firmati “democraticamente" dal trio al completo, e tutti più o meno indistintamente ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jakob Buchanan: A Language of My Own

Read "A Language of My Own" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In his novel, In Search of Lost Time, the French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922) famously wrote about a madeleine cake dipped in a cup of tea that was able to trigger a string of memories. For the Danish trumpeter, Jakob Buchanan, it was the return to his childhood home, Rosenhill, which brought back a series of ...

Tobias Wiklund: Where the Spirits Eat

Read "Where the Spirits Eat" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Who is the man behind the beard? This is the question one could be tempted to ask when seeing the cover of the young Swedish-born cornetist Tobias Wiklund's album, Where the Spirits Eat. The eyes of the horn-player are hidden, but if the saying goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul, there's no ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Toldam Trio: Omhu

Read "Omhu" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The bebop and hard bop revolution of the forties and fifties made speed a virtue as razor-sharp unison lines cut through the rhythms. A saxophonist like Johnny Griffin was praised for his fast way of playing that also underlined his technical virtuosity, and the muscular style signaled a music completely in touch with modernity.

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

C’è del mood in Danimarca! Viaggio nella Copenhagen del jazz, tra tradizione e nuovi collettivi

Read "C’è del mood in Danimarca! Viaggio nella Copenhagen del jazz, tra tradizione e nuovi collettivi" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

La città di Copenhagen è stata tra le prime e più attive capitali europee ad accogliere, sin dagli anni Cinquanta, alcuni dei migliori jazzisti americani che trovavano in Europa condizioni di lavoro e di rispetto artistico maggiori che in patria. Musicisti come Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Duke Jordan, Kenny Drew ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Simon Toldam: A New Perspective in Jazz

Read "Simon Toldam: A New Perspective in Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Danish pianist and composer Simon Toldam is a man who is used to getting involved in many different musical situations. Toldam thrives on diversity and he has played all kinds of music, from folk music to modern jazz and avant-garde. No matter what he is playing, he invests himself in the different musical contexts and brings ...

Kig Op 14

Label: ILK Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Step; Glasperle på Himmelbjerget; Op, Ned, Sol, Måne; Propel; Se, en fugle kigger ned; Luftkaligrafi; Den evige gren; N, S, Ø, V; Kan skyerne spoles frem?; Kirkespir & Minaret; Røgsignal; Flying V over Appenæs.


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