Primary Instrument: Saxophone
This Finnish-Swedish trio combines effortlessly pop with jazz and free improvisation. Their unique combo and style has already brought them victory at the Finnish final of The Young Nordic Jazz Comets �competition in 2008. They were also voted the ”Gig of the Year” award on the critics poll in The Wire �magazine in 2009. Now they release their debut album with the Finnish record label Eclipse Music.
Elifantree was formed in 2007 after Pauli Lyytinen and Anni Egecioglu met in Gothenburg, Sweden where they both were studying at the time. Tatu, a lifelong friend of Pauli’s, soon joined and the trio played their first show at Tatu’s father’s art exhibition premiere. Realizing the musical potential of the quirky,minimalistic arrangements that consisted only of saxophone, voice and drums the band started a relentless task of playing as much live shows as possible. They soon made a name for themselves in the jazz scene in Helsinki and Gothenburg.
In 2008 they took part in the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition and won the Finnish final. At the Nordic finals in Copenhagen they received second prize.
The success of the competition made it easier for the band to book concerts and between 2009 and 2010 the band played a long string of shows in several countries including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Italy. Their show at the Winter Jazz Festival in Mariehamn was voted as The Gig of the Year in WIRE magazine in 2009. During this period the band also recorded tracks that would eventually become their debut album.
In May 2010 their debut album “Love & Trees” was released by Eclipse Music. The band continued touring the Nordic countries to support the album and the CD soon became the label’s bestselling product. The album was also released in Sweden, distributed by Plugged Music.
In April 2011 Elifantree played two notable showcase concerts. First at the Jazzahead Conference in Bremen, Germany and a few weeks after that in Dublin at the 12 Points Festival. These two shows and an article in Jazzwise Magazine brought the band to the attention of European Jazz audiences. The band also started recording tracks to their second album.
In 2012 Elifantree is playing several high profile shows at both domestic and international jazz festivals to support their new album “Time Out”, released on April 11th.
Awards:First Prize @ Young Nordic Jazz Comets (Finnish Finals 2008), Gig of the Year @ Critics Poll, The Wire Magazine
“Elifantree(…) created a sound much larger and wider than the sum of their parts.(…) Dipping into improvised funk, punk, pop, ambient and rock textures all wrapped up in a tightly drilled stage show, made for 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
”Gig of the Year 2009” - Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise 2010
”Best Finnish album 2010” - Pentti Ronkainen, Savon Sanomat 2011
Love & Trees
Tracks: Under Ground; Heartache; Elephant Hunt; Rädda Hjärtat; Trees; Jag Kan Inte Öva; Missa Inte Bussen; All Around Person; Confused.
Personnel: Anni Elif Egecioglu: vocals, cello, glockenspiel. Pauli Lyytinen: saxophones, melodica, glockenspiel. Tatu Rönkkö: Drums
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