I had the privilege of teaching at the Stanford Jazz Workshop once again alongside Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Larry Grenadier, Joshua Redman and many other world class musicians.
It was wonderful to see the level and enthusiasm of the young musicians, and to see them improve during the course of the week. I especially enjoyed seeing the string players getting more comfortable improvising and feel like they belong with all the “scary” horn players.
Second week for me at Stanford was at the Suzuki Institute, where I taught about 150 kids mainly by ear how to play Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and “Mario Brothers”.
Mads and his quartet went in the studio to record music from the 60s – Mads Tolling & The Mads Men. Lots of familiar tunes from TV-shows and movies like “Peter Gunn”, “Mission Impossible” and “The Good Bad and the Ugly”. Popular songs such as “Georgia on my Mind” and “My Girl” are on there too. The album is about familiarity and nostalgia, but also about how those great songs are still relevant in 2015.
Mads has three concerts lined up with San Francisco Choral Artists in June around the Bay Area of California with Magen Solomon conducting:
Mads Tolling’s new project, Mads Men with
Mads Tolling – violin
Colin Hogan – piano & accordion
Sam Bevan – bass
Eric Garland – drums & perc.
was well received at this year’s WAA conference in Seattle. The group will be touring the 2015 – 2016 season.
Mads has been commissioned to write a 15 min piece for Oakland East Bay Symphony. The piece will be conducted by Michael Morgan on February 20, 2015 at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.
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