MADS TOLLING: “SOLO MADS”
Get ready for a mind-blowing musical experience unlike anything you've seen before! Join phenomenal violinist and composer, MADS TOLLING, as he unveils his innovative Looper Show and takes you on a captivating journey extending boundaries of musical expression, seamlessly blending classical virtuosity with cutting-edge looping technology.
With only his violin, he creates mesmerizing layers of sound, transforming solo performances into full-bodied orchestral experiences right before your eyes.
The violin is truly a special instrument. You can play any style of music on it. You
can bow it, pluck it, scratch it and even hit it. Mads has created a program that showcases the violin for what it is: One of the most versatile instruments in the world. With the help of effects pedals and innovative techniques, Mads is able to mix basslines, rhythms, harmonies and melodies to make songs come to life in a fresh way.
The set list includes Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”; Hendrix’s “Hey Joe”; Piazzolla’s “Libertango”; Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing”; The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” and that’s only the beginning.
Danish Dessert: https://youtu.be/XrkpaEEf2I8
Minor Swing: https://youtu.be/6fm2VGgXGV8
2-Time Grammy Award-Winner
“…a cross-genre genius!” Adam Broner, Music Critic
MADS TOLLING is an internationally renowned violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, now living in the Bay Area. As a former nine-year member of both bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for a third. He was a winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Violin Award and has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis and Paquito D’Rivera only to name a few and is currently a member of Bob Weir’s Wolf Bros & Wolf Pack Band.
After graduating Berklee College of Music in 2003, he was recommended by Jean-Luc Ponty to join Stanley Clarke’s band. He has since been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Strings Magazine and DownBeat Magazine. Mads has performed for Danish royalty – Prince Frederik & Princess Mary – at the celebration of The Danish Embassy’s 50-year Anniversary. As part of the Bob Weir & Wolf Bros project since 2021, tours across the US have included concerts at Red Rocks, Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, and The Greek Theatre. Mads is featured on Weir’s album Live in Colorado and has written several arrangements of Grateful Dead tunes for the band, some of which are now also part of the Mads Men repertoire.
Mads has twice been commissioned to write violin concertos – for Oakland Symphony and Pacific Chamber Orchestra. He has performed his symphonic works and soloed with orchestras around the US and Japan.
Mads now leads his own groups – Mads Tolling Quartet and Mads Tolling & The Mads Men. His recording, Playing the 60s, is a reimagination of classic songs from 1960s film, TV and radio and spent two months on US jazz radio’s top 30. With his groups, Mads has performed over a thousand concerts around the world, including at The Hollywood Bowl, Library of Congress and at the Bay Area’s Paramount and Herbst Theatres. A featured Yamaha Artist, Mads leads clinics and masterclasses in the US and internationally.