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Trio Elf

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About Trio Elf
Genres:
Jazz Drumn Bass House Acoustic, Electronic
Band Members:
Downbeat Review October 2011, Trio Elf , Trio Elf drummer Gerwin Eisenhauer , remembers it vividly: “When the , kids realized they were actually danc- , Eisenhauer had been asked to play , along with DJs at drum’n’bass raves in , Germany. He had developed a way as , he noted, “to translate programmed and , sampled rhythms to the drumset.” At , one point, he brought along his musical , cohorts, pianist Walter Lang and bass- , ist Sven Faller. And that was the begin- , ning of Trio Elf. With a name derived by , of each member, the group extends and , expands the notion of the traditional jazz , piano trio. , The players have made their way in the jazz , world and honed their chops by working in a , variety of settings. Lang has studied at Berklee , College of Music, collaborated with Lee , Konitz and James Moody and made six albums , as a leader. Eisenhauer grad- , uated from the Drummers’ Collective, has pub- , lished a drum’n’bass workbook and was part of , a Frank Sinatra tribute band. , Based in Germany’s Bavaria region, Trio , Elf combines melodic lyricism, deft rhythmic , expression and electronic technology. “Jazz , musicians have always used known melodies , to improvise on,” said Lang. “In that respect , we are in the tradition. To get our individual , sound, we modify the material greatly without , Another vital part of the group’s dynamic , comes from their sound engineer, Mario Sütel. , “Mario surprises us with a different drum , sound for every piece, which makes Gerwin , alter his beats all the time,” said Faller. “We , have these three layers: Gerwin’s virtuoso , beats with a lot of turns and stops, Walter’s , wide melodic and lyrical phrases, which open , a lot of space, and my melodic counterpoint to , his melodies and connection to Gerwin’s beats , on the bottom.” Sütel also often spontaneously , offering the band what they think of as a “sam- , pled doppelgänger.” , The group came to the attention of Enja , Records’ Matthias Winckelmann in 2006. “I , thought this was something truly new,” said , Winckelmann. “I’ve always loved the piano , trio as a format, and I thought these guys really , changed it around and managed to sound both , old and new at the same time.” , called Elf and was released in 2006. What a , mix of source material it was—Richard James , (or his pseudonym Aphex Twin), Thelonious , Monk’s “Off Minor,” Paul Desmond’s iconic , “Take Five” (done here in 10), two by Milton , Nascimento (a favorite of all three members) , and originals by Lang and Faller. Additionally, , the album included Lang’s arrangement of a , traditional Korean song. , Trio Elf uses the repertoire of jazz history , - , tion in varied popular material. All the instru- , ments are altered in their sounds at times but , never for wacky effects. Their second Enja , album, 746, has a hypnotic and engaging ver- , sion of a tune by the band that Faller calls “our , favorite German cultural export.” That would , be Kraftwerk, and the tune is “The Man- , Machine.” Everyone wins here—the original , tune is recognizable and powerfully revealed, , the drumming is deft and enthralling, yet the , trio functions like an experienced, well-oiled , jazz combo. , Trio Elf tours regularly, and their sonic col- , ors work just as well on stage as in the record- , ing studio. They played at New York’s Zinc , Bar in May to promote their latest Enja , release, , which features their old friend , Nascimento on two of his classics, “Ponta de , Areia” and “Anima.” At the Zinc Bar, the band’s , compadre Beat Kaestli took the Portuguese- , lyric vocal on “Ponta” and offered a shimmering , complement to the textured arrangement. The , CD also features an impressionistic tribute to , Antonio Carlos Jobim and a guest performance , from Brazilian percussionist Marco Lobo. Trio , Elf continues its signature exploration of the best , of what’s out there in the world of sound. , —Donald Elfman , Walter Lang (left), Peter Cudek and Gerwin Eisenhauer

Gerwin Eisenhauer's virtuoso drumming sounds like a drum machine come alive since he is freely improvising with drum'n'bass or hip-hop grooves like other jazz drummers ar...
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About Trio Elf
Genres:
Jazz Drumn Bass House Acoustic, Electronic
Band Members:
Downbeat Review October 2011, Trio Elf , Trio Elf drummer Gerwin Eisenhauer , remembers it vividly: “When the , kids realized they were actually danc- , Eisenhauer had been asked to play , along with DJs at drum’n’bass raves in , Germany. He had developed a way as , he noted, “to translate programmed and , sampled rhythms to the drumset.” At , one point, he brought along his musical , cohorts, pianist Walter Lang and bass- , ist Sven Faller. And that was the begin- , ning of Trio Elf. With a name derived by , of each member, the group extends and , expands the notion of the traditional jazz , piano trio. , The players have made their way in the jazz , world and honed their chops by working in a , variety of settings. Lang has studied at Berklee , College of Music, collaborated with Lee , Konitz and James Moody and made six albums , as a leader. Eisenhauer grad- , uated from the Drummers’ Collective, has pub- , lished a drum’n’bass workbook and was part of , a Frank Sinatra tribute band. , Based in Germany’s Bavaria region, Trio , Elf combines melodic lyricism, deft rhythmic , expression and electronic technology. “Jazz , musicians have always used known melodies , to improvise on,” said Lang. “In that respect , we are in the tradition. To get our individual , sound, we modify the material greatly without , Another vital part of the group’s dynamic , comes from their sound engineer, Mario Sütel. , “Mario surprises us with a different drum , sound for every piece, which makes Gerwin , alter his beats all the time,” said Faller. “We , have these three layers: Gerwin’s virtuoso , beats with a lot of turns and stops, Walter’s , wide melodic and lyrical phrases, which open , a lot of space, and my melodic counterpoint to , his melodies and connection to Gerwin’s beats , on the bottom.” Sütel also often spontaneously , offering the band what they think of as a “sam- , pled doppelgänger.” , The group came to the attention of Enja , Records’ Matthias Winckelmann in 2006. “I , thought this was something truly new,” said , Winckelmann. “I’ve always loved the piano , trio as a format, and I thought these guys really , changed it around and managed to sound both , old and new at the same time.” , called Elf and was released in 2006. What a , mix of source material it was—Richard James , (or his pseudonym Aphex Twin), Thelonious , Monk’s “Off Minor,” Paul Desmond’s iconic , “Take Five” (done here in 10), two by Milton , Nascimento (a favorite of all three members) , and originals by Lang and Faller. Additionally, , the album included Lang’s arrangement of a , traditional Korean song. , Trio Elf uses the repertoire of jazz history , - , tion in varied popular material. All the instru- , ments are altered in their sounds at times but , never for wacky effects. Their second Enja , album, 746, has a hypnotic and engaging ver- , sion of a tune by the band that Faller calls “our , favorite German cultural export.” That would , be Kraftwerk, and the tune is “The Man- , Machine.” Everyone wins here—the original , tune is recognizable and powerfully revealed, , the drumming is deft and enthralling, yet the , trio functions like an experienced, well-oiled , jazz combo. , Trio Elf tours regularly, and their sonic col- , ors work just as well on stage as in the record- , ing studio. They played at New York’s Zinc , Bar in May to promote their latest Enja , release, , which features their old friend , Nascimento on two of his classics, “Ponta de , Areia” and “Anima.” At the Zinc Bar, the band’s , compadre Beat Kaestli took the Portuguese- , lyric vocal on “Ponta” and offered a shimmering , complement to the textured arrangement. The , CD also features an impressionistic tribute to , Antonio Carlos Jobim and a guest performance , from Brazilian percussionist Marco Lobo. Trio , Elf continues its signature exploration of the best , of what’s out there in the world of sound. , —Donald Elfman , Walter Lang (left), Peter Cudek and Gerwin Eisenhauer

Gerwin Eisenhauer's virtuoso drumming sounds like a drum machine come alive since he is freely improvising with drum'n'bass or hip-hop grooves like other jazz drummers ar...
Read More