simon toldam

Simon Toldam ... one of the most impressive figures on the bustling Scandinavian improvised music scene
— Peter Margasak, DownBeat, September 2014

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.

Orchestras:
Leader: Simon Toldam Trio, Stork
Co-leading: Han Bennink Trio, Sekten, Mazur/Toxvaerd/Toldam
Memorable collaborators: 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 a.m.


Nils davidsen & knut finsrud

Are major players on the bustling Scandinavian jazz/improv scene, and has through the past 20 years been part of the new wave of Danish jazz. Due to their open minded natural musicality they have had a big impact on todays contemporary Scandinavian jazz.

Memorable collaborators: Han Bennink, John Tchicai, Marilyn Mazur, Tom Rainy, Eivind Aarset, Nils Petter Molvær, Dave Douglas, Peter Brötzman, Evan Parker , Dave Liebman, Tim Berne, Tristan Honsinger, Gianluca Petrella, Gerald Cleaver, Chris Speed and many more.


Discography

Simon Toldam Trio
Sunshine Sunshine or Green as Grass (2012)
ILK184LP/CD

Album nominated as “Best album of the year” and Toldam nominated as “Composer of the year” at Danish Music Awards JAZZ 2013.

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)

Simon Toldam Trio
KIG OP 14 (2014)
ILK227LP/CD

Together these three musicians have created their own sound, their own way of seing and hearing.
— Jakob Bækgaard, All About Jazz

Simon Toldam Trio
KIG OP 15 (release date 27th of april 2015)
ILK242LP/CD