credit: Hanne Kaunicnik
Enji's third album, "Ulaan," opens with a stark reminder of her humanity as she declares, "I am Ulaan" in her native Mongolian, a term affectionately given by her family. Throughout the album, Enji explores affirming expressions of herself, building on the jazz, folk, and Mongolian influences from her previous work. Enji's vocals soar to new heights, matching the band's exploration. Each song, inspired by moments of spontaneity and personal experiences, showcases Enji's evolving self-discovery. Whether evoking dreams, capturing breathtaking views, or recounting village visits, her storytelling unfolds through rhythmic Mongolian melodies, highlighting her growth as a vocalist, bandleader, and storyteller. With guitarist and co-composer Paul Brändle and River Adomeit on bass, Enji is now embarking on a global tour, leaving behind memorable moments of quietude and strength.
"[...] jazz singers like this rarely sound so unpretentious, original and free." - The New York Times (Best Jazz Albums of the Year)
"An elegant and powerful twist on traditional Mongolian music." - The Guardian
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