Simon Spang-Hanssen, saxophonist and composer
Born the 13th of april 1955 in Copenhagen.
Since 1976, concerts in Denmark, Germany and Italy with John Tchicai & « Strange Brothers ». 1978, receives the Ben Webster –Prize and plays with , among others : Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra, Atilla Engin and Okay Temiz, Mozar Terra, Jan Kaspersen , Doug Raney, Johhny Dyani, Jesper Zeuthen, the Voodoo Gang. Niels Præstholm, Marilyn Mazur...creates his own quartet « Spacetrain » with Ben Besiakov, Jesper Lundgaard and Alex Riel.
1983, joins the sextet of brazilian drummer/composer Nenê, tours in Denmark and France.
1985, settles in Paris, and plays/records with Denis Badault duo, quartet, Orchestre National de Jazz. , Andy Emler « Megaoctet», the Quintet Moutin, Nguyên Lê "Tales of Vietnam", Ramuntcho Matta, Anouar Brahem, Niels Lan Doky, Billy Hart, Edouard Ferlet, Bojan Z. and with his own groups including musicians such as: Richard Bona, Mariane Bitran, Xavier Desandre, Alain Jean-Marie…
1998, moves back to Copenhagen, directs several ensembles : the tentet "Central Earth", "Maaneklar ", Quartet with Thomas Clausen, Jesper Lundgaard and Billy Hart, "Ear Witness" with Emil Spányi, Linley Marthe et Felix Sabal-Lecco, " Rainbow Spirit" with Dawda Jobarteh, Thomas Fonnesbech, Niclas Campagnol and Ayi Solomon, "Raise Four " ( a tribute to Monk ) with Benjamin Moussay, Yoni Zelnik and Tony Rabeson, Quartet feat. Mario Canonge and also performs with Edouard Ferlet’s " l’Echarpe d’Iris " .
2005- 2014 Alisio Ensemble (octet), TRIO with Sébastien Boisseau and Christophe Lavergne , “Brazilian Project” with Irio Junior, Enéias Xavier and André Limao Queiroz (tours in Brazil and Denmark) ,and performs with Art Ensemble Syd, Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet, Niels Praestholm’s " Gyroscope", Alain Apaloo’s "Api Pipo "...creation of "Café Central" with Claudia Campagnol, Yasser Morejon Pino, Niclas Campagnol, Alain Apaloo, Mariane Bitran and Aske Drasbaek.
" Simon Spang-Hanssen, tenor and soprano-sax, whose imagination seems inexhaustible ..."
Michel Contat (Telerama, France )
“Finally, the freshness of the soprano-sound of Simon Spang-Hanssen, seems to me, to be one of the most convincing today .”
Jean-Pierre Moussaron ( Jazz Magazine, France )
" Spang-Hanssen is a very impressive technician whether performing on alto or soprano-sa x. Simply put, this guy can play! "
Glenn Astarita (allaboutjazz)
" and yes, “our man” provides his best, as well as when he makes you think of Ornette Coleman in Marocco (on soprano), plays the flute with reminiscences of Abdullah Ibrahim, or is simply himself”.
Flemming Olsen ( Jazz Special (DK) sept. o8 )
« Simon Spang-Hanssen possesses the art of enthousiasming himself and his fellow musicians.... »
Frank Buchmann-Moeller ( Fynsk Stiftstidende, DK )