“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 2007 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. Their playful and versatile music is exceedingly articulated and always blessed with the spirit of improvisation.
Elifantree’s sixth album HACHI was released 26th of February 2021 and is the outcome of a massive recording project by Anni Elif, Pauli Lyytinen and sound technician Joonas Saikkonen featuring eight different drummers [Olavi Louhiuori (FI), Andreas Werliin (SE), Terje Isungset (NO), Lisbeth Diers (DK), Marc Pell (UK), Julian Sartorius (CH), Yuko Oshima (FR), Ryosuke Kiyasu (JP)] in as many countries.
Before HACHI the trio has released five critically acclaimed albums on the label Eclipse Music: Love & Trees (2010), Time Out (2012), Movers and Shakers (2015), Anemone (2018) and Blood Moon (2019) which was a collaboration with the contemporary electroacoustic ensemble Tölöläb.
“Powerful songs, great fun by all members of this Finnish trio lead by Anni Elif Egecioglu, of obvious Turkish origins, and such a pleasure to see a young woman assuredly in control of intimidating banks of electronics, pedals, synth and all while singing with such expression.”
– All About Jazz, US
“Elifantree! What a glorious, mad, brilliant display! If jazz went mad and invented a new kind of cake, this would be it. I smiled all the way through!”
– Sound and Fury Music, UK
“Many artists claim to have a ‘unique sound’ but Elifantree is one of the rare ones that actually do.”
– Matti Nives, We Jazz, FI
“Emboldened by the improvisational spirit of rock-jazz, Elifantree are an utter headspin of a band, particularly that force-of-nature frontwoman – Anni Elif Egecioglu – who whoops and soars and occasionally does a little dance at the keyboards”
– Si Hawkins, Clash Magazine, UK
“The experience is almost gestalt in its extremes of both power and delicacy, something of an aural hallucination.”
– Anthony Shaw, All About Jazz, US
“There’s no forgetting Finland’s Elifantree though: ‘Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin and David Lynch,’ says the blurb, and for once it’s barely hyperbolic. With saxophone, synths, shrieking Bjork-like vocals and the best drummer of the weekend the trio move from dreamscape to fever sweats within the same bar, enigmatic and unnerving and wonderfully unpredictable.”
– GIITTV Team UK, God is in The TV Zine, UK