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Simin Tander

A shining diamant.“ Jazzenzo (NL)

She is one of the most amazing personalities in young European jazz. With her enchantingly tender and equally expressive, masterful voice Simin Tander builds bridges between occidental jazz and arabesque-like vocal flights, between song-writing experiment, chanson and intimate ballad. Along with her quartet, the German-Afghan singer draws a fascinating route to her Mid-Eastern heritage and into the depths of her soul in her second CD.

It is a journey – to myself, through the world of my emotions and thoughts and to my Afghan roots”, explains Simin Tander. Where Water Travels Home does not show us a conventional road movie: imaginative and labyrinthine, and therefore all the more compelling for the listener, are the sound routes which this water takes, and rather than the compass of the mind it follows the path of the heart.

Where water travels home” – this is no abstract image. For the daughter of an Afghan journalist/poet and a German teacher, it rather means the actually experienced search for her identity. As a mature singer, she is now posing the question of the where from and where to in her second CD, which turns out to be a masterpiece of song-writing with an improvisational touch. Simin Tander and her marvellous quartet build dramatic tension over the course of 13 stations, traversing past and present in a free-flowing dramaturgy.

In the past few years Simin has become one of the rising stars of the Dutch and German jazz scene. Her performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the BIMHUIS, the prestigious Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Jazzmeeting, Women In Jazz Fesitval /Halle, JAZZAHEAD /Bremen and her concerts with Dutch Jazz star Eric Vloeimans have received rave reviews.

Beside the Netherlands and Germany Simin is developing an internationally recognized reputation with performances at the Bohemia Jazz Fest (Czech Republic), Catania Jazz Festival (Italy), Madrid Jazz Festival (Spain), OCT LOFT Festival (China), Hong Kong Jazz Festival, the Jarasum Jazzfestival (South Korea) and many more.

Her name is Persian and a beautiful promise for her future: “silvery shining”. 

Pictures by Robert M. Fülle





“Simin Tander is a polyglot German-Afghan singer who combines the fierce creativity of Meredith Monk with the jazz savvy of Gretchen Parlato.”

All About Jazz (USA)

Simin Tander 4tet

Simin Tander

vocals & songwriting

German Afghan vocalist Simin Tander has become one of the most acknowledged young artistis of the Dutch jazz scene with tours throughout Europe and Asia and founded the Simin Tander 4tet during her master studies in the Netherlands in 2008.

Jeroen van Vliet

piano, electronics

Described in the Dutch press as ‘a master of nuance’, pianist Jeroen van Vliet’s has played all over the world.

Etienne Nillesen


Etienne Nillesen is an active voice on the European creative music and free improvisation scene, with regular performances across Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

Cord Heineking

double bass

Cord Heineking started his professional career playing bass guitar in rock bands in Germany and got in touch with the acoustic bass and jazz during his studies in the Netherlands.

“Simin Tander is a miracle of the art of singing.”

Het Parool (NL)












17.01.15 Oslo, Nasjonal Jazzscene, premiere of new ensemble with Tord Gustavsen & Jarle Vespestad (NO)

21.01.15 Köln, Altes Pfandhaus, “Sins & Blessings

22.01.15 Osnabrück, Blue Note, “Sins & Blessings”

23.01.15 Düsseldorf, Jazzschmiede, ”Sins & Blessings”

24.01.15 Erfstadt, “Sins & Blessings”, Live Streaming

28.01.15 Freiburg, 27. Kulturbörse, with Jeroen van Vliet & Cord Heineking

30.01.15 Tilburg, with Jeroen van Vliet (NL)

30.01.15 Amsterdam, “De Nieuwe Liefde”, 20:00, with Jeroen van Vliet during a reading by Antjie Krog (NL)

12.02. – 15.02. album recording “Sins & Blessings” at Deutschlandfunk Köln

05.03.15 Offenburg, Salmen, 20:00, Simin Tander Quartet -”Where Water Travels Home”

07.03.15 Enschede, Grote Kerk, 20:00, Simin Tander Quartet -”Where Water Travels Home”

12.03.15 Regensburg, Jazzclub Regensburg,  Simin Tander Quartet -”Where Water Travels Home”

16.04.15 Kaiserslautern, Kammgarn International Jazzfestival,  Simin Tander Quartet -”Where Water Travels Home”

17.04.15 Giessen, Kulturrathaus “Hermann Levi Saal”, Simin Tander Quartet -”Where Water Travels Home”

07.05.15 Köln, LOFT, with FUGARA

08.05.15 Bremen, Sendesaal, with FUGARA

24.05.15 s´Hertogenbosch, Jazz in Duketown Festival, Simin Tander Quartet -”Where Water Travels Home” (NL)

29.05.15 Paimpol, Festival de Beauport, Simin Tander Quartet -”Where Water Travels Home” (FR)

31.05.15 Cluj Napoca, Transilvania International Filmfestival, Tord Gustavsen & Simin Tander (RO)

04.06.15 Berlin, privat

09.06.15 Berlin, UN Women “Peking Congress”, with Jeroen van Vliet

04.07.15 Rudolstadt,  TFF Worldmusic Festival, “Eurasians Unity” recieving RUTH Worldmusic Award 2015

24.07.15 Osnabrück, Morgenland Festival, “Eurasians Unity”

28.08.15 Wuppertal, „Orientexpress – Kulturaustausch zwischen Orient und Okzident“, Simin Tander Quartet 

04.09.15 Hannover, Kloster Loccum, Tord Gustavsen / Simin Tander / Jarle Vespestad, NDR recording

05.09.15 Hamburg, NDR Jazz presents: “Women in Jazz”, Nochtspeicher, Simin Tander Quartet 

06.09.15 Sylt, Kontorhaus Keitum, Simin Tander Quartet 

26.09.15 Amsterdam, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw

09.10.15 Rotterdam, De Doelen, Simin Tander Quartet 

25.10.15 Würzburg, Jazzfestival Würzburg, Neofobic meets Simin Tander

06.11.15 Köln, Kunstsalon, Simin Tander Quartet


Where Water Travels Home” CD Release Tour 2014 part II

05.07.14 Braunschweig, “jung klasse KLASSIK”, Stadtkirche Königslutter 
12.07.14 Rotterdam, North Sea Jazz Festival
22.07.14 Almuñecar (SP), Jazz en la costa, guest with Tord Gustavsen Quartet
13.09.14 Leipzig, 38.Leipziger Jazztage, Oper
16.09.14 Berlin,  A-Trane
20.09.14 Bremen, Sendesaal, Deutschlandradio Kultur recording
11.10.14 Lagny sur Marne, Lagny Jazz Festival (FR)
16.10.14 Oslo, Sagene Kirke, Duo with Tord Gustavsen (NO)
17.10.14 Berlin, Jazz in den Ministergärten
21.10.14 Arnhem, Mahlerei (NL)
23.10.14 Brussels, Jazz Station, “German Jazz Nights” (BE)
30.10.14 Guebwiller, Les Dominicains (FR)
06.11.14 Bochum, Wassersaal
07.11.14 Hagen, Emil Schumacher Museum
08.11.14 Köln, “Museumsnacht Köln”, Rautenstrauch Joest Museum, 23:30 (Simin Tander Trio)
09.11.14 Düsseldorf, Salonfestival
05.12.14 Dortmund, Domicil
17.12.14 Osnabrück, Blue Note

with other projects:

26.09.14 Werkplaats Muziek, Nijmegen, Museum Het Valkhof, 15:00
27.09.14 Werkplaats Muziek, Goch, Museum, 17:00
27.09.14 Werkplaats Muziek, Bedburg-Hau, Schloss Moyland, 20:00
28.09.14 Werkplaats Muziek, Venlo, Museum van Bommel van Dam, 15:00


Past concerts

“Where Water Travels Home” CD Release Tour part I
12.03.14 Köln - Stadtgarten 
14.03.14 Tilburg – Paradox 
17.03.14 Bonn - Pantheon-Casino 
18.03.14 Nijmegen – De Lindenberg 
20.03.14 Amsterdam - BIMHUIS 
22.03.14 Maastricht - Jazzfestival Maastricht, Theater aan het Vrijthof 
27.03.14 Berlin –  A-Trane
28.03.14 Dresden –  Neue Tonne
29.03.14 Wernigerode – Jazzclub Wernigerode, grosse Aula
30.03.14 Einbeck - Kultur im Esel 
04.04.14 Karlsruhe – Tempel
05.04.14 Ladenburg- Sinnbild
06.04.14 Freiburg - Jazzhaus

China & South Korea Tour- Simin Tander 4tet
01.10.13 Shenzhen – OCT International Jazz Festival (CN)
02.10.13 Guangzhou – International Jazzfestival Guangzhou (CN)
04.10.13 Changsha –  International Jazz Festival (CN)
06.10.13 International Jarasum Jazz Festival (KOR)
12.10.13 Opening German Filmfestival, Beijing (CN)

17.10.13 Wageningen – Jazz in Wageningen Simin Tander 4tet
15.11.13 Darmstadt – Jazzinstitut Darmstadt  PLoTS!

15.12.13 Veghel -  Kunstgroep De Compagnie with David Golek
17.01.14 Potsdam – The Voice in Concert – Nikolaisaal Simin Tander 4tet

Booking Contact


Jazzhaus Booking
Dennis Wiesch
Phone: + 49 (0)761-79 19 78 – 17