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Simon Toldam Trio releases new album, recorded live in concert in Copenhagen, and released on CD and an exclusive double-vinyl.
In late 2010, after many years of having focused on music that moved in many other directions Toldam, much to his surprise, realized that the new compositions that flowed from the keyboard and onto the paper were compositions that called for, yes even demanded, interpretation by a trio in order to reach their full potential.
It has become the essence of Toldam. The essence that lies in music that embraces and represents the main parts of his musical life and development – which is a distillate of his experiences as a nine year old with his very first trio to his current collaboration with kindred spirits Nils Davidsen and Knut Finsrud. He has the piano sing with music, bubbling or silently breathed.
For Toldam the music also expresses a tribute to the rich piano tradition of jazz – from the past and to the modern age. This is the classic trio order in jazz – “Art of the Trio” according to Toldam – his new compositions being played in an inspiring setup.
From swing to neo-avantgarde. Simon Toldam’s newly formed trio plays music that expresses the full 360 degrees of his musical universe.
Knut, Nils & Simon is all major players on the Scandinavian scene, and has through the years collaborated with: Han Bennink, John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur, Tom Rainy, Eivind Aarset, Nils Petter Molvær, Dave Douglas, Peter Brötzman, Evan Parker , Dave Liebman, Tim Berne, and many more.
Simon Toldam: (1979) Pianist, composer. Recipient of 4 Danish Music Awards. Member of Han Bennink Trio, who’s debut-album ”Parken” from 2009, received effusive reviews from all international leading jazz magazines, new album coming up. Other orchestras: Jacob Buchanan 4tet (w. Marilyn Mazur and Jacob Bro), Sekten (Art/music-movie out late 2011), Kostcirkeln, Grammofunch. Other collaborations: Evan Parker, Peter Brötzman, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Tristan Honsinger, Joachim Badenhorst, Dave Douglas, Eivind Aarset, Nils-Petter Molvær, Marylin Mazur, Jacob Bro a.o. Member of Danish leading contemporary jazz label ILK.
6/6 in danish newspaper Århus Stiftstidende. (Danish) "Han har arbejdet med sin musik i mange formater og ofte med et stærkt avantgardistisk islæt. Nu hører vi ham i stedet i trioens mere faste rammer, hvilket ikke betyder at originaliteten er lagt på hylden.
Disse liveoptagelser fra den københavnske café Kind of Blue viser nemlig, hvor storslået og begavet en musiker, Toldam er. Hans kompositioner er atypiske, men melodisk dybt fængslende. De improvisatoriske udfoldelser er befriet for klichéer og unødvendig show off – her spilles essentielle toner.
Bassist Nils Davidsen og trommeslager Knut Finsrud er også decideret fremragende i deres organisk swingende samklang og varierede rytmiske flow med Toldams klaver.
Musikken spænder vidt og er i passager abstrakt eksperimenterende, men gennemgående enormt fascinerende og udfordrende på én gang."
“This is a mature statement of a musician who deserves to be heard on the European stage”
Stuart Nicholson, July 2012 – Jazzwise ((ENG)
"one of the most exciting musicians and individual voices of his generation."
Marek Lubner, SoundsGreen, 20/8-2012 (POL)
“There are echoes of Monk and Bill Evans, as well as Bobo Stenson and perhaps Brad Mehldau, in the trio’s loose, collaborative sound, but comparisons don’t do justice to the uniqueness of this gloriouly lo-fi recording. It’s all about the energy in the room and the intense focus of a talented young trio lost in music.” Cormac Larkin, 25/5-2012 - The Irish Times (IRL)