SIMON SPANG-HANSSEN saxophonist & composer 1955 Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 13th
1970 Starts playing alto-saxophone, later also tenor and soprano
1976 Member of ”Strange Brothers” with Peter Danstrup , Ole Rømer and John Tchicai.
1978 Receives the annual Ben Webster Price and creates his own quartet Spacetrain” with Ben Besiakov, Jesper Lundgaard and Alex Riel.
1979 Plays in many different groups with among others: Jan Kaspersen, Pierre Doerge, Marilyn Mazur, Atilla Engin, Okay Temiz, Mozar Terra, Chuim, Jesper Zeuthen,the Voodoo Gang….
1983 Joins the sextet of Brazilian drummer and composer Nenê, tours in Denmark and France (double-concertsl with Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo).
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One has a clear sense of continuous intensety and inner glow when the saxophone-player Simon Spang-Hanssen is onstage.
Kjeld Frandsen , Berlinske Tidende (DK)
Simon Spang-Hanssen, tenor & soprano saxophone, whose imagination seems unexhaustible...
Michel Contat , Telerama ( FR )
He makes you think of Johnny Griffin because of the vélocity and the impatience, Dexter Gordon because of a sort of half-feinted nonchalance , immediately contradicted by his George Adams side ( a certain way of transgressing the references by lyricism and excess )
Franck Bergerot , Jazz Hot ( FR )
Simon Spang-Hanssen is a very impressive technician whether performing on alto or soprano-sax
Ensemble-playing. Based on a series of originals the students( all levels )
works with interpretation, form , section-work, creativity, spontaneous arrangements, reading, understanding of structure, sound, improvisation...
Ideally the clinic runs for a couple of days and end with a concert.
"Rhythmic Music Conservatory", Copenhagen ,the Fyen Conservatory, music-schools in Sønderborg, Brandbjerg(Denmark )... Clinics in Grenoble,Rouen, Montpellier (France ), Mexico D.C.