Media Contact: Tina Blaine
When: Friday, August 16, 2013
Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Cost: $15/advance, $20/door
Info & Tickets: www.rhythmix.org (510) 865-5060
Mads Tolling comes to Rhythmix with his quartet fresh off a featured slot at SFJAZZ's Hotplate performance series. Mads is an internationally renowned violinist, violist, and composer and also a former eight year member of the two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet. After touring extensively with acclaimed bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has led his own group, the Mads Tolling Quartet (MTQ). Coming together through the eclectic San Francisco jazz scene, MTQ features Dave Mac Nab on guitar, Sam Bevan on bass, Eric Garland on drums, with Mads' violin integrated into a formerly traditional jazz combo. All four instruments play unconventional roles to make the music come to life. Violin may act as drum, guitar may take bass lines and bass may carry the melody. There are some moments of pure spontaneity, but underlying the concept of MTQ are thoughtful compositions and arrangements. All four players have re-thought their instruments in a fresh way, relying on their instincts to let the music speak for itself.
Mads’ recording, “The Playmaker” released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. Mads’ latest album with his quartet, “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” came out in 2012. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.
“A wonderful new voice on the violin – very refreshing!” -Chick Corea
“Mads Tolling is the most exciting musician I have come across in the past ten years.” -Stanley Clarke
“Mads has the amazing talent and skills that few young musicians can match. His music is both beautiful and refreshing exhibiting his superb mastery of the modern American Jazz music that is rarely seen among his peers.” -Jean-Luc Ponty