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Trio Elf

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About Trio Elf
Genres:
Jazz, 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, 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