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.
1999
Concerts and recording with a new quartet with Thomas Clausen, Jesper Lundgaard and Billy Hart.( ”Identified” Dacapo ).
First performances with ”Ear Witness”  with Emil Spányi, ,Linley Marthe and Felix Sabal-Lecco.

2000

Creation of ”Flower Machine” with Thomas Agergaard, Klavs Hovman and Marilyn Mazur.
2001
Concerts   in quintet with a.o. Anders Bergcrantz and Kasper Villaume.
2002
“French Quartet” with Franck Tortiller, Yves Torchinsky and Francois Laizeau ( ”Noctiflore” Altrisuoni ). Release of ”Dancing on Monday” with Flower Machine. Member of the ”United Notions” saxophone-quartet.
2003
Release of ”Ear Witness” and ”Live in Copenhagen Jazzhouse” w. Central Earth (Music  Mecca ).
2005
New 5-tet with Bob Rockwell, Peter Dahlgren, Jeppe Skovbakke/ Yasser Pino and Karsten Bagge .
”Rainbow Spirit” with Dawda Jobarteh, Thomas Fonnesbech and Ayi Solomon.

2006

Member of Edouard Ferlet’s ”l’Echarpe d’Iris” with Alain Grange and Xavier Desandre. New octet-version of ”Maaneklar” with a.o. Kristian Jørgensen, Bent Clausen, Benita Haastrup, Mariane Bitran…Member of Emil Hess “Evolution Nonet”. Quartet with Mario Canonge, Michel Zenino and Tony Rabeson. Member of Niels Praestholms “EMBLA”.
2007
Start of the record label Alisio ( Spangster Records), release of Rainbow Spirit and ”Coexistence” with the 5-tet. Member of Alain Apaloo’s “API PIPO”.
2008
release of “The Riddle” with Ear Witness. Live-recording in Copenhagen Jazzhouse with “MAANEKLAR XL”.  Nominations for Danish Jazz Awards: Composer of the Year, Album of the year: Coexistence, cross-over album of the year : Rainbow Spirit.

2009
Alisio Ensemble (formerly Maaneklar), concerts and recording. Member of Art Ensemble Syd, Niels Praestholm “Gyroscope String Trio” +  , concerts   with “Special Quartet” ( Kristian Joergensen,Jesper Lundgaard and Kaare Munkholm). Recordings with Hiroko Komyia and Ramunntcho Matta.
“Raise Four” hommage à Th. Monk with Benjamin Moussay, Yoni Zelnik and TonyRabeson.

2010
 Weather Report Tribute ( w. Joergen Emborg, Bo Stief, Niclas Campagnol and Ayi Solomon), tour with “Alisio  Ensemble”..
Concert at the Museu de Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil with Mariane Bitran, Enéias Xavier, Irio Junior and André Limao Queiroz... studio-recording with Special Quartet.
2011
Tours with Api Pipo and Alisio Ensemble.
2012
Tour in Denmark and Brazil ( Savassi Jazz Festival) with “Brazilian Project”, Sarajevo Festival and tour in France with  Niels Præstholm “Gyroscope String Trio” feat. Haakon Berre & S.S.H. Release of “Citizen Song” with Special Quartet.
Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival (Zanzibar) with Rainbow Spirit.
Tour in Denmark and Sweden with Decagon. Member of Arnold Ludvig Sextet, cd “Voyages”, concerts in Denmark and Faroe Islands.2013
“Liberty”
with Michael Gregory Jackson and Art Ensemble Syd.                                                   
“Luna Moon”
with Sébastien Boisseau and Christophe Lavergne.
Duo concerts with M.G.J.
at the Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn. N.Y. and outpost 186 in Cambridge, Boston

2014

Savassi Jazz Festival, Belo Horizonte and JazzB in Sao Paolo with Brazilian Project.
Recording in Estudio Acústico, (B.H.). New Quartet with Ben Besiakov, Thomas Fonnesbech and Niclas Campagnol. TRIO concerts in Denmark and France. Member of Niels Ryde Quartet.

2015

Jahazi Festival in Zanzibar with “Ear Witness”. Release of “Stonetown Boogie”. Tour with Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet.

2016

release of Back to Earth with the new group Café Central ( Claudia Campagnol, Mariane
Bitran, Alain Apaloo, Aske Drasbaek, Yasser Pino, Niclas Campagnol). Concerts in Denmark.
Concerts with Art Ensemble Syd and oudist Maher Mahmoud.

2017, release of “Caminho Da Lua” with the Brazilian Project – Ricardo Fiúza at the piano, guest:
Magno Alexandre, guitar. Duo with Thomas Fonnesbech.

 

On a more occasional basis Simon has also played with:  Stefan Meinberg, Matthieu Michel,  Mederic Collignon, Paul Brousseau, Daniel Zimmermann, Geourgui Kornazov, Chris Stover,  Bertrand Renaudin, Francois Mechali, Marc Ducret, Misja Fitzgerald Michel,Irving Acao, Ramuntcho Matta,Pernille Bevort, Marie-Louise Schmidt, Aske Jacoby,Assi Roar, Frands Rifbjerg, Nils Bo Davidsen, Kresten Osgood, Louise D.E. Jensen, Johanne Sulkunen, Darrel Grant, John Betsch, Johnny Dyani, Zool Fleischer, Michel Benita, Gilles Naturel, Albi Cullaz, George Brown, ...