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.
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“While listening to Elifantree’s second album, Time Out, the first thing that comes to mind is Prince, then Annie
Lennox and at times also Tori Amos and Kate Bush. Yet their music is not a copy of these stars. It´s something
completely different. It´s hard to describe this versatile and colourful music with one word or label it under a specific
(…)The music is sophisticated but not too polished. It’s a bit quirky but however delightful and everything fits right in
to its place.(…)“
- Toni van der San, MTV3 2012
“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