Fiddle Jazz in Point Richmond!
On Friday November 22, the 2nd in a new concert series at Point Richmond presents Grammy award winning jazz violinist Mads Tolling.
The new Point Richmond Jazz Concert series presents their Mads Tolling Quartet was founded by violinist Mads Tolling in 2007 and consists of:
Mads Tolling – Violin
Mike Abraham – Guitar
George Ban-Weiss – Acoustic/Electric Bass
Eric Garland – Drums
Mads Tolling, Mike Abraham, George Ban-Weiss and Eric Garland came together through the eclectic San Francisco jazz scene. The distinctive Quartet integrates the violin into a traditional jazz combo. All four instruments play unconventional roles to make the music come to life. Violin may act as drum, guitar may take bass lines and bass may carry the melody. There are some moments of pure spontaneity, but underlying the concept of MTQ are thoughtful compositions and arrangements. All four players have re-thought their instruments in a fresh way, relying on their instincts to let the music speak for itself.
MTQ draws inspiration from jazz to world music to rock & roll, and from such artists as Herbie Hancock, Ravi Shankar and Radiohead. Most of the music is composed and arranged by bandleader, Mads Tolling.
MTQ enjoys playing wellknown pieces such as Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk”, Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”, giving them a new twist, while staying true to the spirit of the original versions.
In March of 2008 Mads Tolling Trio released its first album entitled, “Speed of Light”. The album features ten tunes of originals and arrangements, and in addition a solo violin version of Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green”. Soon after the release the trio expanded to its current configuration – Mads Tolling
Quartet. The Quartet has performed at numerous venues around the country, including Yoshi’s Oakland & San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, SF Jazz Festival, Summerlin Library in Las Vegas & Blues Alley in Washington DC.
In the summer of 2009 MTQ went in the studio to record “The Playmaker,” which features special guests bass legend Stanley Clarke, Yellowjackets founder Russell Ferrante & vibist Stefon Harris. The album was released worldwide in the fall of ‘09, which marks an exciting time for MTQ with tours nationally & internationally going forward to ‘10-‘11. On December of 2009 Mads Tolling and “The Playmaker” were featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. In June, 2010 MTQ performed at the celebration for the Danish Embassy’s 50 year anniversary. In attendance were Royal Highnesses, Prince Frederik & Princess Mary of Denmark and members of congress, including majority leader Steny Hoyer.