Mads Tolling & The Mads Men

Music of the MAD MEN Era

Internationally renowned violinist, composer, and two-time Grammy Award-Winner MADS TOLLING is celebrating the music of the 60s Mad Men Era with his own distinctive style and innovative flair.

The show debuted to much fanfare at the Historic El Campanil Theatre. It is a fun and exciting program that is at once nostalgic as well as contemporary, and includes Academy Award-winning Movie Themes, popular TV classics, and Top 10 Hit recordings. Repertoire ranges from “Mission Impossible”, “The Pink Panther” and “Meet the Flintstones” to “Georgia on My Mind” and the Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet.”

So how did a Danish classical violin student growing up in Copenhagen in the 80’s discover his passion for the 60s? When Mads was 14, his father gave him a Miles Davis cassette tape that changed his life. Mads was hooked. He found a sense of intimacy and freedom in the 60s sounds of Jazz, Soul and early R&B, which inspired him to explore the possibilities of how to get there with his violin. The result is an exhilarating and thrilling musical adventure, with Mads guiding us to places we didn’t know a violin could go.

Joining Mads on this journey are his “Mads Men”: World-class musicians Colin Hogan on piano & accordion, Sam Bevan on bass, and Eric Garland on drums.

This is what people are saying about Mads Tolling & The Mads Men

With a playlist including “Mission Impossible,” “The Pink Panther,” “Meet The Flintstones,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Classical Gas” and more, Tolling and his “mad men” are operating like musical anthropologists. Digging up 50-year-old artifacts, blowing the dust off with contemporary rhythms and buffing the classic melodies with jazz-inflected arrangements, the much-loved songs arrive with retro/modern shine — and nothing added to cloud their original luster.”

- Lou Fancher, Contra Costa Times

Madison Avenue never had it this good.”

- Bay Area News Group

With Tolling’s honed technique, vigorous attack and engaging brand of swing…”

- Mike Joyce, Washington Post

The idea to feature 1960s television/movie theme songs as a concert’s focus was ingenious and left even the most serious listener (whom I sat next to) feeling good and nostalgic. The bonus was as if I was in a classroom without knowing it. When the concert concluded I had learned some history about composers, songs, instruments, and terminology, all whilst taking a happy trip down memory lane. Of all of my three musical adventures, this was by far my favorite.”

- Music Student at Los Medanos College

For Mads Men press reviews please visit The Reviews Page

Individual Bios

Mads Tolling Colin Hogan Sam Beven Eric Garland
Mads Tolling Colin Hogan Sam Beven Eric Garland

Photos by John Tinger

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