Jazz Fusion Ensemble @ Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute in Summer Semester

June 2, 2012
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FUSION IS BACK! Violinist in Turtle Island Quartet and Stanley Clarke Band, Mads Tolling is bringing back the Jazz Fusion Ensemble for the Summer Semester at Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute. It’s for vocalists and instrumentalists intermediate to advanced level – all ages are welcome. Materials covered include compositions by Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius & Jean-Luc Ponty. Participants will also learn how to compose and arrange for the ensemble, and those pieces will be worked on and performed throughout the semester.

Summer Semester is an intensive five week program with classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays 1.30-4.30pm starting July 3 and ending Aug 2, 2012.

Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute: Please call 510.845.5373 and ask for Susan Muscarella or email info@jazzschoolinstitute.org. The Jazzschool Institute is located at 2087 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley.

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/230078623758600/

MTQ’s “CELEBRATING JEAN-LUC PONTY – LIVE AT YOSHI’S” IS OUT!

May 20, 2012
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Finally Mads Tolling’s Ponty Tribute is out as of May 15 – Its available on Amazon and Itunes and many other retailers across the country. Buy Here

MTQ to play Monterey Jazz Festival

May 5, 2012
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MTQ will make its first appearance at Monterey Jazz Festival playing the Garden Stage on September 21st at 9pm. Check out the full lineup here: Monterey Jazz Festival

May 21: MTQ CD Release Party at Yoshi’s SF

May 5, 2012
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Danish violinist and two-time Grammy Award Winner, Mads Tolling is releasing his album “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” on May 15. For that occasion Mads is hosting a CD release party at Yoshi’s San Francisco on Monday, May 21 at 8pm with his quartet.

All ages are welcome. Tickets for the Mads Tolling Quartet performance are $14 and can be purchased here: Buy Tickets Join the event on Facebook: MTQ @ Yoshi’s

Mike Abraham – guitar
George Ban- Weiss – bass
Eric Garland – drums
Me – violin

The set list includes some of Ponty’s greatest hits, “New Country” & “Enigmatic Ocean” along with music by Ponty’s cohorts: John McLaughlin’s “Lila’s Dance,”
Stanley Clarke’s “Song to John” & Zappa’s “King Kong.” Closing the set is my own tribute to Ponty: “Pontyfication.”

JL Ponty’s reaction to the recording: “Mads is one of the very best jazz violinists among the young generation, I really like the way he performs and rearranges my music,
excellent violinist, creative and musical. This album is a must for anyone interested in modern violin.”

To preorder the album on Amazon: Buy Album

For further information about the album go to Onesheet

Mads Tolling Quartet @ Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko in San Francisco on Monday, Jan 16th

January 4, 2012
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I am excited to say that my quartet will return to the Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko in SF – seems like January is the month for MTQ to play there, so thats what we will do….

Jan 16th at 8pm with some of my favorite people in the Bay Area:

Mike Abraham on guitar

Dan Feiszli on bass

Jeff Marrs on drums

We will play stuff from “The Playmaker” and give a taste (a big taste) of what we are working on these days – our celebration of Jean-Luc Ponty and his music, which will be out later this Spring.

Click on the “dates” tab to find out more about this gig and other gigs….. We will play at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz 3 days later for you South Bayers:)

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