Simon Toldam Trio

Nils Davidsen / Bass Simon Toldam / Piano Knut Finsrud / Drums

 

The telepathic interplay between Nils on bass, Knut on drums, and Simon on piano has been present and thriving since they began playing together nine years ago, when they instantly became one of the most acclaimed and versatile bands based in Denmark. Whether parading or drifting, deafening or silencing, the understanding displayed between the three musicians demonstrates their uncanny ability to beat and blow as one organism. 

Their debut album, "Sunshine Sunshine or Green as Grass,” was heralded as a masterpiece by jazz critics and nominated as “Jazz Album of the Year” at the Danish Music Awards in 2012. The success continued with the also-nominated duology “KIG OP 14” and “KIG OP 15” in 2014 and 2015, respectively. On OMHU, their strongest offering to date, they continue their exploration and reinvention of the art of the piano trio.

Nils, Knut and Simon are all in demand players on the European scene of jazz/improv. ST3 has been touring in Europe and Japan several times. Japan has become a favourite, and new album OMHU is also released on licence in Japan by the Japanese label Song X.

Individually Nils, Knut and Simon has played all over the globe, with various good friends and great musicians as: Tom Rainy, Gerald Cleaver, Han Bennink, Herb Robertson, Axel Dörner, Dave Liebman, Marc Ducret, Nils Petter Molvær, Gianluca Petrelli etc.

Simon Toldam is one of Scandinavia’s most exciting and distinguished musicians, having released 14 albums as a leader and co-leader. He is a four-time winner of Danish Music Awards and is a member of the Danish jazz and contemporary music recording label, ILK Music. In 2015, he received the prestigious 3-year grant from The Danish Arts Foundation. In addition to leading the Simon Toldam Trio and STORK, Toldam is a member of Dutch drum legend Han Bennink’s trio, appearing on three celebrated albums together. He is also known for collaborations with Axel Dörner, Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, Chris Speed, Marc Ducret, Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Eivind Aarset, Nils-Petter Molvær, Marilyn Mazur, Tristan Honsinger, Dave Douglas, and Jakob Bro.


 

 
This Jazz - improvisational and free, more ambient and with a nostalgic patina as expressive and wild and yet again into the open air bursting irascible, is typically European, Scandinavian, dark, epic, lyrical, delicate and coarse, rough and smooth in every motive
— Ragazzi Music (DE)
“Together these three musicians have created their own sound, their own way of
seing and hearing.”
— Jakob Bækgaard, All About Jazz (DK)
“Simon Toldam ... one of the most impressive figures on the bustling Scandinavian
improvised music scene”.
— Peter Margasak , DownBeat (US)
This is a mature statement of a musician who deserves to be heard on the European stage

— Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise (UK)