Izabella Effenberg Impressions in Colours
Izabella Effenberg – Vibrafon, Crotales, Array Mbira, Glass Harp, Sundrum, Steeldrum, Marimba, Waterphone & more | Jochen Pfister – Piano | Anton Mangold – Harp, Flute | Yumi Ito – Vocal/Lyriks | Radek Szarek - Percussion, Drums
Impressions in Colours ist a new project, awarded in the virtual competition Woman in Jazz Next Generation 2020 (Hale/Saale)
The music connects Jazz, classical music and beyond. Improvisation and arranged parts flow together, always allowing exchange between the musicians and different instruments.
All the compositions come from Izabella and are small miniatures in which she is searching for her own destinctive sound.
The focus is on unusual instruments like vibraphone, glass harp, array mbira, steeldrum, marimba, crotales, hapy, sundrum, carillon, etc…, as well as sounds like the prepared piano and in combination with voice and harp.
„Izabella Effenberg is a modern jazz vibraphonist full of soul. Her roots are clearly recognisable, and yet she’s developed a unique sound.
The music is everywhere with influences coming from left and right, up and down. With her rich tone, Izabella leads this small group into virtuosic variations and high-tempered outbursts; she’s really able to communicate and open up the music. Her compositions are heavily worked out and full of different colours. But she still leaves plenty of room for freedom and for feelings (..)" Jan Lundgren
„Hearing Izabellla and her music offers some of the most exiting new sounds I heard in a long time! in addition to her brilliance as a vibraphonist her music offers the beautiful organic new sounds from Array Mbira, Glassharp and Waterphone
so worth spending time listening". Bugge Wesseltoft
"Beautiful and rare sounds, great musicality combined with virtuoso playing: that´s Izabella!“ Beate Sampson BR
"Listening to this enchantingly spherical, transparently light music is like a meditative exercise, a liberating therapeutic measure given what is taking our breath away in today's world" Sarah Seidel
„Izabella Effenberg emerged on the European Jazz scene just about a decade ago and during that relatively short period of time she proved to be not only an outstanding musician and composer, but also an important activist, recording Artist, educator and festival organizer, which of course is a highly commendable and unique achievement.
Despite the fact that Izabella plays the vibraphone, one of the most difficult instruments within the Jazz milieu, she continuously expands her interest in the entire mallet family, expanding way beyond the obvious with trying new and uncharted territory and introducing experimental new instruments, like glass harp, array mbira and others, incorporating them into her set of performing tools.
By using such a wide collection of instruments within her performances and recordings, Izabella is able to create one of the most unique and unparalleled arrays of sonic experiences, which keep the audiences electrified and astounded time and again. Her compositions are perfectly suited for her instrumental abilities and offer the listeners a magic, unforgettable aural voyage.“ Adam Baruch
Sisters in Jazz :: unique & strong!
It was a magic moment on stage. Seven female jazz musicians from six nations met for the first time at the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival in august 2015. The crowd was paralized from the powerful energy that filled the entire concert hall. Sounds of Scandinavia, Middle & Eastern Europe and Asia were floating the atmosphere.
The concert was live recorded by the swedish radio. It appeared as CD called „Sisters in Jazz“ and was presented during the CD-release tour in February 2016.
Sisters in Jazz was initiated to network international female jazz musicians. It’s a development from the idea of ”Sisters in Jazz“ in USA.
Another version of this project is “Mothers in Jazz” in order to support female musicians with kids.
Reflection of the personality, reflection of the soul. The project combines three different characters of musicians who find each other on the level of improvisation, experiment and bring each other to reason. More: www.izambira.de
New Sound Dimension
A new project which incorporates very rare instruments, the art of improvisation, workshops, solo concerts, new compositions and sound collages. A search for new sounds & instruments. Improvised scores for videos, images or digital painting, literature or art. More picture - workshop by Wolfgang Schlüter Symposium Jazzhall Hamburg 2022 Fidelity Magazine interview
Every January, Izabella invites music lovers to numerous concerts in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg at her festival "Vibraphonissimo”. The vibraphone is a seldom heard instrument, made famous especially by virtuosos like Gary Burton, Milt Jackson or Lionel Hampton. At the "Vibraphonissimo" Festival, however, the focus is on the instrument
itself in all its facets. In every concert the vibraphone is presented in different contexts and styles: from providing harmonies in a duo context to being the soloist in jazz formations or being part of larger percussion ensemble.