Anni Elif – Edith
Anni Elif – voice, synthesizer
Pauli Lyytinen – saxophone, EWI, drum machine
Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson – fender bass VI
Tuomas A. Turunen – piano, synthesizer
”On foot I had to walk through the solar systems, before I found the first thread of my red dress” writes the Finnish-Swedish poet Edith Södergran in her collection of poems, The Rose Altar from 1919.
The vocalist, improviser and composer Anni Elif Egecioglu have gone through many musical solar systems with her unique voice. With her remarkably versatile musicianship she has influenced the art scene of jazz and popular music as well as the classical field both in Finland and abroad. She born in Gothenburg with roots from Sweden and Turkey and has since many years settled down in Helsinki. Her debut solo album “Anni Elif – Edith” is based on Edith Södergran’s texts and was nominated for Best Finnish Jazz Album at the Finnish Emma Awards 2018.
The music invites the listener on a intimate journey where the fine tuned compositions meet an organic and futuristic soundscape filled with improvisation. The repertoire is mainly based on poems by Finland’s most internationally well-known poet and also the most important representative of Finnish-Swedish modernism of all time. Södergran’s pioneering texts are characterized by vision and the futuristic and symbolic currents of their era, which over a century later now resonates naturally through Anni Elif’s musical language.
“Anni Elif evokes at the same time the sounds and subtleties of Joni Mitchell as well as the passion and intensity of Janis Joplin. The experience is almost gestalt in its extremes of both power and delicacy, something of an aural hallucination.” – Anthony Shaw, All About Jazz
Two acts will perform at the concert. The same ticket (22,5 €) also allows admission to the Manuel Dunkel Standards Trio performance at 19.00