Simon Toldam: (1979) Pianist, composer.
Simon Toldam is one of Scandinavia´s most exiting and acclaimed musicians from the current generation. He was the winner of a Danish Music Award in 2006 with Scandinavian orchestra ”Sekten”, and in 2007 won 2 awards for his orchestra ”Simon Toldam & Prügelknabe”, and as a ”Rising Star” of the danish music scene. He was named ”official composer” of the Copenhagen Jazz festival 2007, writing a piece called ”Uniform” for four bassclarinets, drums and piano.
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. 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.
Beside leading Simon Toldam Trio, Stork, and co-leading orchestras as Sekten and PET, Toldam is member of dutch drum-legend Han Benninks Trio, and has through the last ten years been performing with artists as: Evan Parker, Peter Brötzman, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Tristan Honsinger, Joachim Badenhorst, Noel akchoté, Chriss Speed, Dave Douglas, Eivind Aarset, Nils-Petter Molvær, Marylin Mazur, Jacob Buchanan 4tet (with Marilyn Mazur and Jacob Bro), Kostcirkeln, Grammofunch, Eggs Laid by tigers.