Simon Spang-Hanssen , saxophones, flute, composer, born in
1955 in Copenhagen Denmark. First started out with John Tchicai & Strange Brothers, later played with the New Jungle Orch., Atilla Engin Sextet, N'Uma Boa ( Chuim, Mozar
Terra, Doug Raney ), Jan Kaspersen and with his own groups
with a.o. Ben Besiakov, Jesper Lundgaard, Alex Riel.
1985, Moves to Paris and plays with Nené's Band, Bekummernis, Denis Badault, Andy Emler, Nguyên Lê" Tales of Vietnam" , Quintet Moutin ( Louis and Francois Moutin ),
Edouard Ferlet and with his own groups with musicians like:
Alain Jean-Marie, Bojan Z. , Richard Bona, Mariane Bitran,
Billy Hart , John Betsch , Xavier Dessandre, Michel Benita...
1998 , back in Copenhagen he forms a tentet " Central Earth" , "Ear Witness" , "Maaneklar" ( sax, flute, bass, two percussions ), quartet with Franck Tortiller, vibes,
Yves Torchinsky, bass and Francois Laizeau, drums , also
quartet with Thomas Clausen, Jesper Lundgaard and Billy Hart." Rainbow Spirit" with Dawda Jobarteh, kora, Thomas Fonnesbech , bass and Ayi Solomon, percussion.
Some main influences : Ellington, Gil Evans, Rollins, Coltrane, Shorter, Monk, Hermeto Pascoal and music from all over the world.
Simon has painted the CD-cover-painting. Have a look at www.simonspang.dk
"Ear Witness" has also become the name of the band. The recording was made in a single sunday afternoon ( after an
intense weekend in legendary parisian fusion-club " Le Baiser Salé " ), and has very much a live feel to it. A second album
"The Riddle" is out on Alisio Music ALCD003 .
About the musicians:
Emil Spanyi, Hungaria , piano and keyboards, has played with among others : Francois Jeanneau, Stafford James Trio
( Don Alias, Gene Jackson ), Niels Lan Doky, Monniot Mania...
Linley Marthe , Mauritius , bassplayer with the Zawinul Syndicate (2003-07,has also played with Paco Sery, Trilok Gurtu, Bernard Allison, Francis Lassus, Michel Portal, Andy Emler, Defunkt....
Felix Sabal-Lecco, Cameroon, drummer with Manu Dibango and
later with Salif Keita, Jean-Claude Bourelly, John Scofield,Jeff Beck and many studio-recordings....