Simin Tander

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Simin Tander
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Tander at Cosmopolite Scene Oslo.
(Photo: Tore Sætre)
Background information
Born (1980-10-19) October 19, 1980 (age 36)
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Jazz musician, composer
Labels ECM Records

Simin Tander (born 19 October 1980 in Cologne, Germany) is a German jazz musician (vocals and piano) and composer.


Tander at Vossajazz 2016.
Tander with Tord Gustavsen
at Vinterjazz 2016.
Tander with Gustavsen at Vinterjazz 2016.
Tander with Gustavsen and Vespestad
at Vossajazz 2016. (Photo by Knut Andersen)

Tander is the daughter of an Afghan journalist father, who died when she was a child, and a German teacher mother. She was raised in Cologne and her older sister Mina Tander became an actress. As Tander finished high school, she was very close to get a board contract as pop singer. During her vocal training with an opera singer, she realized that she was more into vocal improvisation than the Classical singing. She attended piano lessons and founded her own band. From 2002, she studied jazz singing at the Conservatory ArtEZ in the Netherlands.[1] There she graduated with a Master of Music in 2008. In the following years she played in the Netherlands with trumpeter Eric Vloeimans[2] and with Bo van de Graaf's I Compani, where she made contributions for the albums Fellini (2004),[3] Garbo und Extended 2013. In Germany she was to hear on the soundtracks Tatort and two episodes of the ZDF film Der Kriminalist.

She led her own Quartet to contributions on the Jeroen van Vliet (winners of the 2014 Boy-Edgar-Preis), Etienne Nillesen and Cord Heineking. With her Quartet she has released two albums and performed on international stages, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Bohemia Jazz Festival (Tschechien), the Catania Jazz Festival (Italy), the Madrid International Jazz Festival (Spain), the OCT LOFT Festival (China), the Hong Kong Jazz Festival and the Jarasum Jazzfestival (Südkorea). Simin was also invited several times from UN Women Committee to represent Germany for international events and in June 2015 interpreted the UN Women-Song One Woman during the 20'th Beijing Conference.

She has collaborated with the Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and drummer Jarle Vespestad since 2014, releasing the album What Was Said (2016). They performed at the 2016 Vossajazz in Norway. In addition, she contributes regularly to other projects, such as in 2015 to the TFF Rudolstadt with the 'Ruth ausgezeichnete Ensemble' Eurasians Unity under the direction of Caroline Thon, or Heiner Schmitz' Sins & Blessings. Since 2012, she is still a lecturer in jazz singing at Institut für Musik Osnabrück[4] and live in Cologne.


Solo albums[edit]

  • 2011: Wagma (Neuklang)
  • 2014: Where Water Travels Home (Jazzhaus Records)


With David Golek
  • 2011: Folk Tales From Another Land (Kululush Records)
With Hazel Leach's PLoTS
  • 2012: Songs From The Edge (JazzHausMusik), with Tessa Zoutendijk, Esmée Olthuis, Laia Genc
With Tord Gustavsen and Jarle Vespestad


  1. ^ Franzen, Stefan (2012-09-17). "Simin Tander kommt zum Jazz-Festival Freiburg" (in German). Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Tord Gustavsen med Simin Tander – Kun få bill!". Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Biography of Simin Tander". Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  4. ^ "DozentInnen Jazz Osnabrück". Retrieved 2016-03-21. 

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