The Quartet

Over the last several years, Elina Duni Quartet has bloomed into a subtle unit of broad artistic reach. They make the integration of modal jazz and folk music sound organic. And, reinforcing Duni’s stark delivery, the players seem to get inside the texts. “We focus all the intensity that this poetry needs. We have tried to convey its essence through our musical interpretation. To me, all improvised music is a jazz state of mind. We feel no obligation to play a song the same way twice.”

Colin Vallon, who has long counted singers amongst his most profound influences, often seems like an answering voice at the piano. Bassist Patrice Moret brings his keen choice of notes and interacts persuasively with drummer Norbert Pfammatter. Leader Duni recognizes that it is what they create together that is important.

“I never wanted to be a singer with backing trio. From the beginning I gave a lot of space to the musicians for improvising, and experimented also with my voice. It’s another instrument. Over time, we have built up an understanding that allows us to go anywhere...”

First, there is this absolutely fascinating voice – a voice at the intersection of euphoria and melancholy, a voice that will send goose bumps down the spine of the listeners. Then, there is this enthralling stage presence: magic and completely unpretentious at the same time. Elina Duni lives music with an intensity and passion hardly to be surpassed – with every pore of her body.

Elina Duni Portrait

Where most other jazz pianists are already at wit’s end, Colin Vallon really just begins. In a breath-taking manner and with a maximum of verve and chutzpah, he reconciles a sense of form with a passion for experiment – he doesn’t only juggle with melodies and harmonies, but rather he also integrates a multitude of prepared sounds in his playing.

Colin Vallon Portrait

Patrice Moret is a contrabass player who, first and foremost, relies upon the great gravitational groove of deep tones, but who also has a vein for the experimental. Moret places his bass frequencies, painstakingly nuanced and loaded with a maximum of kinetic energy, at the right place and at the unmistakably right time. In other words, he transforms the motto “less is more” so imaginatively and with such poise that the solar plexus begins swinging – and all the while he is able to place himself at the service of the band and to set his own pithy accents.

This terrific groove juggler and escape artist commands the art of sudden shifts of emphasis and accent shifts as only few other drummers can. Norbert Pfammatter is a sensitive berserk – with his polyrhythmic furor, his free pulsing energy and his inexhaustible arsenal of sounds, he puts his stamp on the music.

Norbert Pfammatter Portrait