Their second album "Time Out" finds the band further exploring new directions in sound, communicating pop-savvy tones through the vocabulary of jazz
Elifantree, a Finnish trio forging their personal brand of contemporary pop music with a sonic framework akin to the jazz tradition, returns in April with their second album on Tampere's Eclipse Music label. "Time Out" sees the band travel further down the unique road they mapped out in their immensely successful debut album "Love & Trees". Elifantree takes their brand new material on the road both home and abroad during the summer season.
Elifantree comprises of vocalist Anni Elif Egecioglu, saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen and drummer Tatu Rönkkö. The trio has evolved into an increasingly tight unit by virtue of their extensive touring since the group's live debut in 2007. A solid proof of this is jazz critic Stuart Nicholson's yearly Jazzwise magazine round-up remark that 'Elifantree is putting up the best live show on the scene in 2009.'
In 2011 Elifantree added several high-visibility performances to their already expansive track record. Some of the notable events the young band participated in included European Jazz Nights (Oslo), Jazzahead! (Bremen), 12Points! (Dublin), Jazz Au Cellah (Rabat, Morocco), Reykjavik Jazz Festival Showcase and Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland.
On their second album, Elifantree swings on a next level of expression and high quality performance. The trio, all self-declared "sound freaks", dives deeper into the range of possibilities provided by their respective instruments, and occasionally draw inspiration from a varied palette of supporting sounds . According to the band's own vision, their swing and the dynamics of their sound on a number of different levels create an elastic groove tying their music firmly together.
What makes Elifantree an especially thrilling live entity is the fact that the trio aims at making each song unique and fresh in each and every performance. Their compositions live a life of their own; they seem to be in a constant process of evolution. The musical framework of Elifantree also leaves the possibility for improvisation, with a resulting freshness of sound, highlighting the three musicians' remarkable team work, spontaneity and considerable musical skills.
Elifantree / Upcoming performances 2012
15.4. Zodiak (Kaapelitehdas), Helsinki FI / 20.-22.4. Jazz Kaar Festival, Tallinn EE / 27.4. April Jazz Festival, Espoo FI / 16.5. Korjaamo, Helsinki FI / 7.6. Musta Kissa, Helsinki FI / 5.7. Südtirol Jazz Festival, ITA / 21.7. Pori Jazz Festival, Ultra Music FI / 25.8. Voicingers International Jazz Days, Zory PL.
Elifantree: "Time Out" (Eclipse Music 2012) / Release date April 11 - 2012
1. Tic Toc / 2. That Girl / 3. Where's Your Courage / 4. The eye / 5. She's Changed / 6. Waiting / 7. Puppet Show / 8. How About a Little Love / 9. Time Out.
"Gig of the year 2009." - Stuart Nicholson / Jazzwise, DEC09/JAN10
"The Finnish album of the Year 2010" - Pentti Ronkainen, Keskisuomalainen & Savon Sanomat, January 2011 (On "Love & Trees")
"Finnish trio Elifantree[...] created a sound much larger and wider than the sum of their parts.[...] an arresting live experience that proves imagination and sheer bravura showmanship can make the most unlikely of musical marriages soar to emphatic creative highs."
- Mike Flynn, Jazzwise (2011)