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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.

Fortunes

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

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

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 ...

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 REVIEW

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 REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 REVIEW

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.


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