Elin

Elin

BandJazzPop

Lush, luxurious sounds float to you in a multitude of languages. Blending classic Brazilian and American jazz with fresh new originals, Elin takes you on a journey back in time with her own unique and modern approach, incorporating the sounds of soul, pop and afro-Cuban rhythms.

Biography

"Zeal, ambition and musical ESP fire Elin's 'Lazy Afternoon'...a debut that has all the wonder of a magical discovery...like a Frank Sinatra devotee, she controls the song's tempo and demeanor through her lush phrasing and luxurious delivery, each word flowing like liquid chocolate." - Down Beat Magazine, Jan 2007

"Brazilian jazz celebrates that which is radiant and joyous and moving and in this regard, Elin more than matches the material she sings." – All About Jazz, June 2007

“Elin proves a skillful improviser, a clever manipulator of melody and a confident bandleader...this European with Brazil in her blood has thoroughly carried out her dream.” –AllMusic.com

Brand new rising star, Elin (pronounced EE-a-leen), has reached astonishing heights this year on the NYC music scene by selling out Jazz at Lincoln Center—Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and performing at other prestigious venues such as Joe’s Pub, Sweet Rhythm, Smoke, The Kitano, Zinc Bar, and now the Blue Note Jazz Club. Her star is also steadily rising in other major cities such as Miami where she performs regularly at the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club. Outside the U.S., Elin already has bookings lined up in Europe and South America for 2008.

Born and raised in Sweden by Peruvian and Irish parents—and fluent in five languages—Elin is the embodiment of multiculturalism. Her debut album, Lazy Afternoon, released in 2006 to rave reviews by jazz radio and critics alike, is a genre-bending mix of American & Brazilian standards combined with fresh new originals. Singing in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, she’s a polished jazz vocalist with a pop sensibility who showcases an ardent vocal style and an uncanny ear for melody.

Lazy Afternoon placed extremely well on the JazzWeek charts after its release: On the World Music Chart, it debuted as the #1 most added album and then peaked at #6. On the Traditional Jazz Chart, it debuted as the 6th Most Added CD, and on the College Jazz Chart it peaked at #4. Elin was also featured on PRI's "The World" which aired on NPR.

"I played her right out of the box, and received 14 calls! She's a singer who can masterfully paint portraits using a simple lead-sheet, great musicians, and her inborn talent. Elin is in immediate heavy rotation." Dennis Woo – KTEP El Paso, Texas

"Lazy Afternoon is on its way to being one of my favorite discs of the last six months." John Ziegler – KUMD Duluth, Minnesota

"Elin's fantastic! What a voice, what style, timing and phrasing! I'm wild about her. You can be sure I'll welcome this in my on-air rotation." Fritz Byers – WGTE Toledo, OH

"I love Elin's CD! I was blown away by the Luna song." Stu Grant – WLVE Miami, FL

"You're absolutely right! Elin is special. The title tune fits my program perfectly. I also like Aquarela Do Brasil. I think this is going to be one of my favorite CDs." Roger Boykin – KKDA Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

"Thanks for hipping me to this great vocalist!" Rusty Hassan – WPFW Washington, D.C.

"I found great pleasure to hear an accomplished vocalist singing in different languages, and saying to myself, this I could listen to completely, and easily find several tracks for frequent spins. A fine release." Bruce Tater – KETR Texas A&M University – Commerce, TX

Elin grew up in three distinct cultures and continents - Europe, North and South America. She's the oldest of six children, fluent in five languages, an eight-year resident of New York City, instrumentalist and student of music since the age of seven, and utterly obsessed with Brazilian music! This should give you a start at understanding the colorful complexities and remarkable adventures from which Elin draws her inspirations and expressions.

It all began one lazy summer afternoon in Sweden when Elin was 15, in a moment she says altered the course of her life forever… “School was out for summer break and I’d entertain myself, among other things, by going through my parents’ huge record collection.” One day, she randomly picked one out and played it, not really knowing why, only to become mesmerized by a sound she had never heard before. It was João Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim. She assumed that this was jazz. Right then and there, she knew she was meant to sing this music. “I’m going to be a jazz singer!” she proclaimed. “Someday, I’m going to go to Brazil, learn to speak Portuguese, learn to play the guitar like that, and learn to sing this music!”

Although Elin had been studying music and playing instruments since she was seven, she never liked jazz nor considered being a singer. But after this, she started buying jazz albums of all the great female vocalists including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan, and got heavily into American jazz, without realizing it wasn’t exactly the same as the music that had originally put her on this path. It would be another seven years before Elin finally got back to her first passion—Brazil

Lyrics

Sugar

Written By: Elin

Sweetness, everyone needs it
Sweetness, everyone craves it sometimes just like I'm craving..
Sweetness, everyone wants it
Sweetness, everyone knows the power that's in a quiet embrace
Sweetness, everyone feels it
Sweetness, everyone's near it sometimes and I'm in luck 'cause I'm craving you

Sweetness, it's never wasted
Sweetness, sometimes we pretend we con't care but we're all looking for sweetness
Even if sorrow, pain, or anger doesn't let us open our hearts to love that's around us
Like when you are near it's your sweetness that keeps me returning, your sweetness
All that I need in this lonely, big world is my vice, and I'm craving you!

Then come lonely days
No one to hold me or love my ways
Still I must go on
Knowing that someday someone will show me...

Sweetness, everyone wants it
Sweetness, everyone craves it sometimes just like I'm craving sweetness
Even when sorrow, pain, or anger doesn't let us open our hearts to love that's around us
Like when you are near it's your sweetness that keeps me returning, your sweetness
All that I need in this lonely, big world is my vice and I'm craving you!

Sugar's sweet, so are you, when you're here only violets are blue
Sugar's sweet, so are you, when you're near, there's so much I wanna do...
(etc, etc, repeat and simultaneously..)
Sugar is sweet my love
When you are here I want sugar so sweet, my dear
No lonely days here in your arms
Sugar is sweet my love
When you are here
I want you

I Love New York

Written By: Elin

City lights, a million sights
On my way, I hear them say
We are here to guide your way

Never know how far I'll go
But I know you'll feed my soul
Always knew one day I'd come to see you take me higher!

I love New York
I love New York
I've never seen so many stars pass me by
I love New York

City night, a million lights shine my way
This is the day that I know what makes you glow
All your people light the fire!

I love New York
I love New York
I'll never be the same 'cause you've made me strong
Oh, I love New York

This is the place where dreamers go
But many won't stay long
It takes more than dreams to make you belong
And though you'd always pick me up
Whenever I'd fall down
Now that I am strong I'm taking you along...

I love New York
I love New York
I always knew my heart would fly in your sky
I love New York

La Luna

Written By: Elin

La luna me llenó, me llenó
La luna me llenó ¿O fue el sol?
La luna me llenó, me llenó
¿O fue el sol?

Este momento me ha llenado de tanta inspiración
¡Que regalo me has traído hoy!
Colgado en el cielo, dejas la noche caliente
Has llenado nuestro corazón

Badaya da, badaya da
Ba bada ba ba yada

Me saludas, me das un abrazo
¿Qué es lo que me quieres decir?
¿Traes algún mensaje del más allá?
O simplemente has venido, me has venido a visitar
Quieres pasar el momento y nada más

La luna me llenó, me llenó
La luna me llenó ¿O fue el sol?
La luna me llenó, me llenó
¿O fue el sol?

Badaya da, badaya da
Ba bada ba ba yada
Badaya da, badaya da
Bada ba ba

Hoy la luna está diferente ¿O será el sol?
No me importa saber solo me importa estar aquí
¡Tan inesperado me has encontrado!
Mi corazón libre para sentir lo inimaginable dentro de mi
Este momento dando luz sin explicación

La luna me llenó, me llenó
Me llenó, me llenó, me llenó la luna
Me llenó, me llenó
Me llenó, me llenó

Badaya da, badaya da
Ba dada ba ba yada
Badaya da, badaya da
Bada ba ba

(English translation)
The moon has filled me, filled me..
The moon has filled me
Or was it the sun?
The moon has filled me, filled me..
Or was it the sun?

This moment has filled me with such inspiration
What a gift you have brought me today!
Hanging in the sky, you leave the night warm
You have filled our collective heart

Ba da ya da...

You greet me and embrace me
What are you trying to tell me?
Are you bringing me a message from the great beyond?
Or have you simply come to visit me
Just to spend some time with me? Nothing more, nothing less...

The moon has filled me, filled me..
The moon has filled me
Or was it the sun?
The moon has filled me, filled me..
Or was it the sun?

Ba da ya da...

Today the moon is different, or could it be the sun?
I don't need to know, I'm just glad to be here
So unexpectedly, you have found me!
My heart open to the great inexplicable within me
This moment bringing such incredible enlightenment out of the blue

The moon has filled me up...filled me up...

Ba da ya da

Discography

"Lazy Afternoon" - debut album on Blue Toucan Music.
Can be heard entirely at www.elinmusic.com.
Currently playing on national jazz radio.
22+ weeks on JazzWeek World Music Chart.

Set List

Original show (for mainstream venues/appearances) ranges from 40 min - 1 hr with originals and some covers, such as "Lazy Afternoon" and "Fascinating Rhythm/Telefone" (and other selections from my album "Lazy Afternoon"). Usually an eclectic mix of originals and Brazilian and American jazz and pop classics.

Jazz shows range from 45 min to 3 hrs, depending on the event. Mostly a mix of Brazilian music ranging from bossa nova, to samba, to MPB, to northeastern sounds such as baião and forró - f ex "Feira de Mangaio," "Corcovado," "Aquele Um," and "Aquarela do Brasil." Also incorporating American jazz standards such as "Night and Day," Latin classics such as "Delirio," and certain contemporary jazz and pop standards such as "This Masquerade," "Sweetest Taboo," and "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)." The songs on my album "Lazy Afternoon" will give you a good idea of what my jazz shows sound like.