Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy Award Winner, and he is the 2016 winner of DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Award for the violin. He is a former longtime member of Stanley Clarke's Band and the Turtle Island Quartet. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and in the Washington Post, and he has played with Kenny Barron, Ramsey Lewis and Paquito D’Rivera. Mads was commissioned by conductor Michael Morgan and Oakland Symphony to write a violin concerto, which he premiered with the orchestra at the Paramount Theatre in 2015.
On January 20, 2017 Mads is releasing his next album, Mads Tolling & The Mads Men - Playing the 60s with guest vocalists Spencer Day, Kenny Washington, Kalil Wilson and legendary bassist Stanley Clarke. It is a fun and exciting release that touches on the nostalgic as well as the contemporary. It includes timeless movie themes, popular TV classics, and celebrated songs ranging from “Mission Impossible”, “The Pink Panther” and “Meet The Flintstones” to “Georgia on My Mind” and “A Taste of Honey”.
As a burgeoning young master growing up in Copenhagen, listening to a Miles Davis cassette introduced Mads to the 60s sounds of Jazz, Soul and early R&B. Inspired to explore his own creative voice, the result is an exhilarating and thrilling
musical adventure, with Mads guiding us to places we didn’t know a violin could go.
“With Tolling’s honed technique, vigorous attack and engaging brand of
“The album is marked with virtuosic moments of sublime, genre-busting string work by Tolling....”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“….A Cross-Genre Genius…”
“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.”