JAZZPAR Artists - Elvira Plenar

Elvira Plenar (D), b. 1955, performed with Future Song at the JAZZPAR Event 2001.

The keyboard player is born 1955 in Zagreb, Croatia, where she has studied classical and jazz music. Since 1980 Plenar has lived near Frankfurt, Germany and among other things lead her own groups. She is also working with theater- and film-productions.

Plenar's craftsmanship is impeccable. She can build up suspense in a trance-like state of mind without loosing the form of the music. With knife-edge thrills of improvisation she shapes the moment. She may utilize classic lines, a folk tune, a jazz standard, looping riffs or do some electronic sculpturing. Her sharp, spry phrasing and her blend of percussive textures with striking themes are intense, unique and come unexpectedly. Her use of the pause can be breathlessly exciting. She maneuvers with self-assured dexterity in high-risk territory.

Besides most of the musicians involved in JAZZPAR 2001 Plenar has played and recorded with Peter Kowald, Lindsay Cooper, Marilyn Crispell, John Tchicai, Nils Petter Molvær, Irene Schweizer a. o.

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