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
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 in 2010, 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. Their latest release OMHU is their strongest offering to date, and was awarded “Best album of the year” at Danish Music Awards Jazz 2019. On the album, their strong and clear musical visions shine in their continuous exploration and reinvention of the art of the piano trio.
Toldam, Davidsen and Finsrud 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 Toldam, Davidsen and Finsrud 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.
The award winning pianist and composer Simon Toldam is one of Scandinavia’s most exciting and distinguished musicians, having released 17 albums as a leader and co-leader. He is a five-time winner of Danish Music Awards – among these “Orchestra of the Year 2021” and “Best Album of the Year 2019” at Danish Music Awards Jazz – 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.
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 been – and still are – the mainpillars in the musical carrier of this versatile player. He has composed music for orchestras of various size all the way from solo to 20-piece orchestras, for film, theatre, contemporary dance, and has been official Festival Composer at Cph Jazzfestival.