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”.
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Where Water Travels Home” CD Release Tour 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
11.10.14 Lagny sur Marne, Lagny Jazz Festival (FR)
17.10.14 Berlin, Jazz in den Ministergärten
21.10.14 Arnhem, Mahlerei (NL)
30.10.14 Guebwiller, Les Dominicains (FR)
07.11.14 Hagen, Emil Schumacher Museum
08.11.14 Köln, Museumsnacht Köln, Simin Tander Trio
05.12.14 Dortmund, Domicil
17.12.14 Osnabrück, Blue Note
“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
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