October Jazz Treat – A Tribute to Svend Asmussen
Date10/17/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
VenueFlorence Kopleff Recital Hall
15 Gilmer Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
The Danish American Chamber proudly promotes Danish and international culture in Georgia and has invited the spectacular jazz duo, Mads Tolling and Jacob Fischer, to perform in Atlanta on October 17, 2019, from 7:30 pm-9:30 pm.
In this performance–honoring the late Danish jazz violinist Svend Asmussen, who was beloved in Scandinavia and known all over the world as “The Fiddling Viking”–Mads Tolling and Jacob Fischer will play a mix of tunes from across the span of Asmussen’s early 1940s and ‘50s collaboration with the Danish guitarist Ulrik Neumann up to his more recent work for quartets. Svend Asmussen’s signature tune “June Night” and the Swe-Danes hit “Scandinavian Shuffle” are on the set list, along with the Danish folk tune “I skovens dybe, stille ro”, as well as songs from The Great American Songbook.
Mads Tolling & Jacob Fischer
Mads Tolling is an internationally renowned violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, now living in San Francisco. He moved to the US in 2000 to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Soon after graduating, he was recommended by Jean-Luc Ponty to join Stanley Clarke’s band, which led to eight years of international touring and recording with Clarke. Mads has performed with some of the greatest jazz artists, including Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, and Paquito D’Rivera. As a member of the celebrated string group the Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for a third Grammy in 2015.
From the age of 15 until Svend Asmussen death last year, Mads Tolling kept in frequent contact with Asmussen, who counseled him on his early musical training. Asmussen later donated a large chunk of his music collection to Mads, including many handwritten scores.
The Danish guitarist Jacob Fischer is one of the premier jazz guitarists in Europe, often compared to the great Django Reinhardt. He was a member of Svend Asmussen’s Quartet for the last 20 years of Asmussen’s life, and Jacob is featured on several albums with the quartet. Mads and Jacob connected in 2014 when Mads put a new group together to tour Scandinavia. The two of them have since performed over one hundred concerts in Northern Europe and in the U.S.
Mads Tolling and Jacob Fischer have released an album that will be available on this tour of the US and Canada: Celebrating Svend Asmussen.
This is a free event sponsored by Atlanta Scandinavian Festival, Maileg N.A., and Georgia state university school of music.