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Simon Toldam

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.

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Article: Live Review

Aarhus Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Aarhus Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Aarhus Jazz Festival Various Venues Aarhus, Denmark July 9-16, 2022 With around 283,000 citizens, jny: Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark, and the role of playing second fiddle doesn't suit a city that tends to be overshadowed by its big brother, the capital jny: Copenhagen. Or so you would think. ...

Album

Tak for dit brev

Label: ILK Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mor; Nu Sejler VI; Måneløb; Luft; Et Postkort; Opdrift; Den Blå Stol; Albert´s Tic Tac; Godmorgen træ; Gå Gå Gå; Dansk Kulturarv; To Virkeligheder.

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Article: Album Review

Toldam / Riedel / Berg / Wiklund / Christensen: Tak for dit brev

Read "Tak for dit brev" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Danish pianist Simon Toldam has made his mark as an abundantly creative improviser, most recently manifest on his work with Ways--a duo comprised of saxophonist Brodie West and drummer Evan Cartwright. Their Fortunes (Lorna Records, 2020) was an album defined by unusual gestures and subtle refractions, keeping the listener guessing throughout. Toldam's latest release, Tak for ...

Article: Album Review

Toldam, Riedel, Berg, Wiklund, Christensen: Tak for dit brev

Read "Tak for dit brev" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Quarantadue anni, danese, il pianista (qui anche occasionalmente clarinettista) Simon Toldam dirige in questo ragguardevole album un quintetto dalla struttura eminentemente cameristica che non può non rimandare a più o meno remoti lavori di Jimmy Giuffre e di un certo cenacolo (Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Ralph Peña, Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, ecc.) che a partire dalla ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd

Read "Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's much “hat-tipping in respect" by current musicians to their influences in this episode. Saxophonists Miguel Zenon, Charles Lloyd and Sweden's Fredrik Nordstrom are in an Ornette mood on their albums, while the Oles Brothers from Poland recognize the iconic Polish trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski on a recording of a rediscovered session. British avant-garde quartet featuring Paul ...

Album

Fortunes

Label: Lorna Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fame; Love; Money; Luck; Money II; Money III; Passion; Fame II; Health.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Art of ILK

Read "The Art of ILK" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Formed in 2007, ILK (an abbreviation of Independent Label of København) is an artist-run label based in Copenhagen, encompassing a collective of 21 adventurous musicians. They started out as the young rebels of the Danish jazz scene but have become the established pioneers of the new Danish avantgarde. If you think of the avantgarde as an ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brodie West, Anna Högberg & Veryan Weston

Read "Brodie West, Anna Högberg & Veryan Weston" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Contrasting alto saxophonists highlight this episode. Toronto's Brodie West leads his quintet through a quirky and edgy set of tunes from Clips, while Sweden's Anna Hogberg leads a very free blowing group called Attack, and that's exactly what she does on her recent Lena. Another saxophonist, American Seth Trachy, brought along his mentor, the very respected ...

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Article: Album Review

Ways + Simon Toldam: Fortunes

Read "Fortunes" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Two iconoclasts currently generating interest in their native Canada and beyond, alto saxophonist Brodie West and drummer Evan Cartwright can be found playing in widely varying contexts, frequently in a duo format under the moniker Ways. Often joined by pianists of similar, boundary-stretching temperament, West and Cartwright refuse to trade in jazz cliches or stay comfortably ...


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