Anni Elif – vocals, synthesizers
Pauli Lyytinen – saxophone, EWI, effects, drum machine
Olavi Louhivuori – drums, percussions
Joonas Saikkonen – sound
“Elifantree is enigmatic, unnerving and wonderfully unpredictable and can move from dreamscapes to fever sweats within the same bar.”
The trio makes music using the framework of jazz, but usually trek well outside of it. With agile vocals, innovative saxophonism, strong rhythmical textures and ambient soundscapes they create a sound much larger and wider than the sum of their parts. Elifantree has performed widely in Europe and beyond since 2008 and has gained a strong reputation as an energetic, unrestrained and constantly surprising live act that has been compared to works by David Lynch, Charlie Chaplin and Pablo Picasso. Regardless of the fact that Elifantree’s creative style is tricky to genrefy their music is exceedingly articulated and always blessed with the spirit of improvisation. They have released five critically acclaimed albums: Love & Trees (2010), Time Out (2012), Movers and Shakers (2015), Anemone (2018) and Blood Moon (2019) on the label Eclipse Music. The Blood Moon album is all improvised and was an exclusive collaboration with the contemporary electroacoustic ensemble Tölöläb.
Elifantree is about to release their sixth album HACHI which is yet another exquisite collaboration. Two singles was released during 2020, Finland: Black Sheep and Sweden: Gold Dust. The long awaited double album is the outcome of a massive recording project featuring eight different drummers in as many countries and will be out 26th of February 2021.
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Elifantree is enigmatic, unnerving and wonderfully unpredictable and can move from dreamscapes to fever sweats within the same bar.