Mads Tolling and the Mads Men

Thursday, 9 February 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Internationally renowned violinist, composer, and two-time Grammy Award-winner MADS TOLLING is celebrating the music of the 1960s Mad Men Era with his own distinctive style and innovative flair.

Originally from Denmark, Mads Tolling is a former member of bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and the Turtle Island Quartet. He is last year’s winner of DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Award for the violin, and he has appeared as a commissioned composer and soloist with symphonies around the US.

Sioux Falls is one of the stops Mads Tolling & The Mads Men will visit on their CD Release tour of Playing the 60s. 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”, “A Taste of Honey” 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, Sam Bevan on bass, and Eric Garland on drums.