Claus spelar alt-, sopransaxofon och klarinett samt komponerar och arrangerar. Han har spelat med ett antal storband som Tivoli Big Band (DK), Monday Night Big Band (SE), Tolvan Big Band (SE) och Ib Glindeman (DK).
Claus spelar också i mindre grupper så ofta som möjlighet ges. Hans viktigaste influenser är Coltrane, Cannonball, Dexter Gordon och Jackie McLean.
Claus har arrangerat åt flera band och artister, bland annat Danish Radio Big Band, Lisanne Ly- ons, Peter Asplund, Rigmor Gustafsson, Vivian Buczek, Fredrik Kronkvist, Monday Night Big Band och Musica Vitae.
Under 2001 och 2007 vann han kompositörs tävlingen “Jazzverk” med sina original “Out Of Level” och “39,9”.
Inspired and influenced by the great jazz vocalists of the past and present from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick Jr, and with a deep respect for the crooner tradition, Mathias is nevertheless an original talent with a unique and effortlessly charming vocal delivery and a skill for writing catchy and memorable, stylishly crafted tunes.
Mads Mathias grew up partly in his native town of Silkeborg, Denmark and partly in Tanzania, in a musical home with 34 instruments, which he explored from infancy. The saxophone became his main instrument, but at the age of 17 he injured his hand in a car accident, losing three fingers. Afraid that his playing days were over, he began to sing and write songs. Fortunately the rehabilitation of his hand enabled him to play the saxophone once again and he was accepted to study at the Copenhagen Rhythmic Music Conservatory, where he received a diploma in 2007.
Besides fronting his own Orchestra and Quartet, Mathias appears regularly with the Six City Stompers, the Tivoli Big Band and the prestigious Danish Radio Big Band, and has performed in venues across the world from the DR Koncerthuset and Roskilde Festival in Denmark to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
Free Falling’ won him a Danish Music Award for ‘Best New Danish Jazz Artist of the Year’ as well as a nomination for ‘Danish Vocal Release of year’. He also won an ‘Honorable Mention’ at the International Songwriting Competition for his song ‘Fool for Love’.
The album has received extensive airplay on Danish radio stations DR P1, DR P4, P8 JAZZ, the BBC in the UK and across Europe.