Primary Instrument: Vocalist
German Afghan vocalist Simin Tander represents a new sound in the European jazz landscape: mysterious, narrative, tenderly beautiful yet also powerful, playful and impulsive. Simin moves her audience with a fascinating voice that knows every possible color, expression and embodies it with an alluring intensity. In the Netherlands, Simin Tander’s talent is no longer a secret. During the last years Simin has become one of the rising stars of the Dutch jazz scene with succesful performances at the North Sea jazz Festival, the Bimhuis, the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the 2010 Young VIP tour and her collaboration with Dutch Jazz star Eric Vloeimans. Simin and her Quartet have additionally performed at several international major venues including The Women in Jazz festival (Germany), JazzAhead (Germany), Bohemia Jazz Festival (Czech Republic), Catania Jazz (Italy), Hong Kong Jazz Festival (China) and International Jazzfestival Madrid (Spain). Simin’s debut CD, 'Wagma' (Neuklang Records) received a great deal of attention from both the Dutch and International jazz press.
The title to Simin’s Debut CD “Wagma” translates from the Afghan Pashtoe (Simin’s fathers native language) and means “Morning Dew”. The CD presents Simin not only as an accomplished vocalist but also as a extremely creative song writer. Simin’s compositions blend Jazz with singer songwriter elements and a hint of oriental mysticism into her own unique style. Floating from sublime ballads to challenging rhythms, from boundless improvisations to embracing melodies all leading to a world of emotion and contrasts. Wagma sees Simin as a passionate story teller with her own unique musical language.
Awards:Young VIP Tour 2010, pricewinnarDutch Jazz Vocal Competition
All About Jazz (Ian Patterson)
The audience was amazed when the Simin Tander Quartet staged its: rhythmically varying and tenderly pure jazz with Simin’s mysterious, soul-touching, pellucid wordless singing and devoted performance (...)
delta bridges (China)
Tander is assisted by a strong trio and because of that, both her warm clear voice and the dark romanticism of her texts come to their due. Mischa Andriessen - De Telegraaf (NL)
Simin joins the great vocalists of the global history of jazz... Her timbre, flexibility, ability to improvise and her sensitivity for tempo and harmony are amazing..” Rinus v.d. Heijden-Jazzenzo (NL)
Wagma is the impressive debut of Simin Tander (...) with her expressive warm-clear voice, her great deal of sensitivity and her wonderful talent for improvisation, Simin lets herself be guided by her feelings (...) an enrichment for the Dutch jazz landscape. Martine Bolder - Zing Magazine (NL)
She shows the audience a panorama of meandering paths that lead to breathtaking views, and pictures an area surrounded by sharp cut mountains whose edges draw the harmonies. As no one else she is able to deal with those paradoxes. Frank Huser-Jazzflits (NL)
“Simin Tander’s voice sounds childlike playful, her phrasings impart a hint of great vocalists of jazz” WDR (D)
“An authentic talent that spices up her jazz with oriental sounds and free and intuitively placed notes.” Amanda Kuyper- NRC Handelsblad (NL)
„A very special talent!“