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Simon Spang-Hanssen

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).

1985 Moves to Paris and plays with a.o.: Denis Badault ( National Jazz Orch.,quartet,duo,) Andy Emler, Nguyên Lê, Quintet Moutin, Ramuntcho Matta, Edouard Ferlet and with his own projects including musicians such as: Richard Bona, Billy Hart,Niels Lan Doky, J.F. Jenny-Clarke, Bojan Z., Alain Jean-Marie, Simon Goubert,Xavier Desandre, Mariane Bitran…

1995 Release of ”Mardi Gras, Chez Toi” and creation of ”Maaneklar” (a quintet with sax,flute, bass and two percussionists). Release of”Ekwata”, duo with D. Badault.

1998 Moves back to Copenhagen and creates the tentet ”Central Earth” with among others: Poul Reimann,Fredrik Lundin, Bjarne Roupé, Marc Davis, Anders Mogensen…records ”Wondering” with Maaneklar for Dacapo.

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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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Clinic/Workshop Information

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.

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Discography

South Of Nowhere

South Of Nowhere

Alisio Music
2019

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Speaking To The Wind

Speaking To The Wind

Alisio Music
2018

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midnight again

midnight again

Spangster Records - Alisio Music
2018

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Caminho Da Lua

Caminho Da Lua

Spangster Records- Alisio Music
2017

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Back To Earth

Back To Earth

Alisio Music
2016

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Simon Spang Band

Simon Spang Band...

Alisio Music
2015

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Speaking To The Wind

Speaking To The Wind

Simon Spang-Hanssen
Speaking To The Wind

Painting Riddles On The Wall

Painting Riddles On The Wall

Simon Spang-Hanssen
Back To Earth

Doors

Doors

Simon Spang-Hanssen
Luna Moon

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