Trained in classical music ELMA finally turned to jazz and graduated from the Krakow School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in the vocal class under Marek Bałata. During her school years she received awards in jazz vocal contests: International Meetings for Jazz Vocalists in Zamość (2002 ) and Sing Jazz Blues in Lomża (2003).
From the beginning, her professional life has been constantly organised around musical improvisation: from her artistic and stage activities (as a soloist, a band leader, as well as a composer of music for her own projects and for theatre), through her academic research (her doctoral thesis focused on psychological aspects of musical improvisation), to her therapeutic work (as a music therapist in improvisational approach). Those multidimensional activities have been inspiring and forming her musical sensitivity and visions, personal language of composition and improvisation, as well as distinctive vocal expression.
Finally, all of these materialized in a phonographic debut. „HIC ET NUNC” in quartet with Verneri Pohjola, Dominik Wania and Maciej Garbowski (iMp 2014) becomes a beginning of a new story... ELMA Hic Et Nunc (iMp 2014) has been enthusiastically acclaimed by jazz reviewers, including top notes by Jazzarium and JazzPRESS, and found its place on the podium of the Polish Jazz 2014 Top Ten ranking. The second album of ELMA Quartet is Ad Rem , to be released by Hevhetia 29 February, 2016.
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ELMA composes and sings without lyrics in a way incomparable to anything I have
heard before. [...] Sensational debut recording!!!
/Maciej Lewenstein Polish Jazz Recordings and Beyond/
ELMA - sensational discovery of the Polish jazz vocal scene
/Adam Baruch, Singer Jazz Festival/
ELMA - one of the most interesting new voices on the jazz scene
Hic Et Nunc by ELMA - …the most intriguing vocal album of not only the last
-/Maciej Karlowski, Jazzarium/
I have no doubt that „Hic Et Nunc” by mysterious ELMA is one of the most
important debuts in Polish vocal jazz in recent years.
- /Tomasz Luczak, Polish-Jazz/
One of the greatest discoveries in Polish jazz AD 2014
-/Mateusz Magierowski, JazzPRESS/