CD "IZA" Izabella Effenberg Trio

The Izabella Effenberg Trio ist her new project, awarded in the Bruno Rother Jazz competition in 2014 in Nuernberg.
The music connects Jazz, classical music and beyond. Improvisation and arranged parts flow togehter, always allowing exchange between the three musicians and the three instruments.

All the compositions come from Izabella and are small miniatures in which she is searching for her own destinctive sound.
Apart from their main instruments vibes, piano and drums the musicians play other small and unusual instruments like marimbola, crotales, hapy, array mbira, carillon etc…, as well as sounds like the noice of paper, prepared piano and a electronic sounds.

„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.

Izabella is truly an artist worthy of the name, and anyone curious about the future of jazz should take a listen to this CD. Her companions, Jochen Pfister and Pawel Czubatka, are of an equally high standard and, together, they form a wonderful trio.” Jan Lundgren

Izabella Effenberg – Vibrafon, Crotales, Array Mbira
Jochen Pfister – Piano
Pawal Czubatka – Drums, Marimbola
Agnes Lepp – Vocal on 13.

CD-Release 2016 – „Sisters in Jazz“


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. You could feel jazz in its purest form. A universal language, raw and unmodified.

The concert was recorded live by the swedish radio. It appeared on a CD called „Sisters in Jazz“and was presented extremely successfully during a CD-release tour through Germany and Switzerland in February 2016.

Sisters in Jazz :: unique & strong!

Nicole Johänntgen saxes (Germany/Switzerland)
Ingrid Hagel violin/voice (Estonia)
Ellen Pettersson trumpet (Sweden)
Izabella Effenberg vibes (Poland)
Naoko Sakata piano (Japan)
Ellen Andrea Wang bass (Norway)/ on tour with Federica Michisanti bass (Italy)
Dorota Piotrowska drums (Poland)

„Nothing unites people more universally than music, in a particularly brilliant and emotional way.” Helena Trachsel/Fachstelle für Gleichstellung von Frau und Mann des Kantons Zürich (Switzerland)
„Top young female saxophonist with jazz artists on-stage around Europe.” Villu Veski/Juu Jääb Festival (Estonia)
„Contrast of the Harmonic „Spice” gives a fresh and colorful sound”. Seigo Matsunaga/Artistic Director of Ginoza International Music Festival (Japan)
„It’s not only a great piece of music, but above all it shatters a series of clichés and chauvinistic preconceptions.” Adam Baruch/ Journalist (Poland/Israel)
„Sisters in Jazz is energy, strong feelings and beauty!” Marie Vesterholm/Sveriges Radio (Sweden)
„They represent an increasing number of female musicians who revitalize the music scene.” Hans Hielscher/SPIEGEL ONLINE (Germany)
„A dense work, soaring and passionate, fleeing the traditional syntactic links.” Alceste Ayroldi/Musica Jazz (Italy)
„Playful and lively melodies performed with conviction.” Kari Grete Jacobsen, East Norway Jazz Centre


cuentame-cd„Cuéntame” (“Tell me”) places its emphasis on the spherical, lingering timbre of the vibraphone.
In varying instrumentations, a musical cross-over is produced which, based on Jazz and influenced by a variety of musical styles, is continuously telling new stories.
In this chamber-music, almost intimate atmosphere, the many aspects of the sound and play spectrum of the vibraphone unfolds to the listener.
The songs in „Cuéntame” are all self-contained tales of extreme harmonic and melodic contrast, steeped in jazz, classical styles, world music, and free improvisation, taking the listener away to abundant worlds of sound and emotion.
They are gems aligned like pearls on a string, connected by an idea and the joint wish to deeply move the listener by the produced sound experience; and yet they all differ in their emotional and artistic expression.
Some gentle, some with groove, shaped by deep human emotions such as love, passion, hope or melancholy, different tones, tempi, rhythms, and styles are woven into songs full of energy and depth.
The listener feels fully immersed here into a multi-layered sound narrative. At the same time, the interaction between different instruments in continuous dialog with the vibraphone, as well as the participation of various outstanding instrumentalists from Germany and Poland makes the listener witness, and be part of a cross-border musical and cultural exchange.
All of the musicians involved are multi-instrumentalists.
The compositions were written by Izabella Effenberg, Norbert Emminger, Peter Fulda, Christoph Müller and Steffen Schorn.




Izabella is part of the Metropole Music Association Nürnberg-Fürth-Erlangen-Schwabach. They play concerts in different settings from small bands to orchestra. The music goes beyond styles, creativity and quality is what matters.

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