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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)



7: Aachen (DE), St. Jakob Kirche: Simin Tander with the WDR Rundfunkchor- (+ Tord Gustavsen on piano, electronics & Etienne Nillesen on drums), LINK
8: Köln (DE), Funkhaus: Simin Tander with the WDR Rundfunkchor (+ Tord Gustavsen on piano, electronics & Etienne Nillesen on drums), LINK
26: Lüneburg (DE), St. Nicolai, Lebensklänge- with Daniel Stickan & Uwe Steinmetz
29: Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE), Augustinuskirche: ”Nothing but a song”- with Daniel Stickan & Uwe Steinmetz
30: Amsterdam, Concergebouw, special guest with “Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam”

31: Nesodden (NO), Nesodden Jazzclub, with Tord Gustavsen, Jarle Vespestad and Sigurd Hole

7: Lanzarote (SP), Jameos Del Agua, Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad “What was said” 
30: Stavanger (NO), Domkirke, Duo with Tord Gustavsen

4: Basel (CH), Martinskirche, Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad “What was said” 








21: Oslo (NO), Nasjonal Jazzscene, Tord Gustavsen w/ Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad
27: Bergisch Gladbach (DE), Villa Zanders, Simin Tander Quartet
21: Dresden (DE), Frauenkirche, Tord Gustavsen w/ Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad
18: Köln (DE), Lutherkirche, Simin Tander Quartet
25: Weinstadt (DE),  Tord Gustavsen w/ Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad
25: Poland tba, Tord Gustavsen w/ Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad
20: Wuppertal (DE), special project
26: Manchester (UK), Tord Gustavsen w/ Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad




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