Nothing seems to come between Lohninger and a song. Her clear, warm alto voice gets directly at the heart of the words with little embellishment, but a great deal of sincerity and subtlety. Her stylistic breadth emotional depth allow her to inhabit songs embracing a wide range of form and feeling.
In a career that has taken her from the slopes of the Austrian alps, where she sang folk songs as a young girl, to jazz clubs, concert hatls and the stages of internationaliazz festivals, vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger has proven herself to be a powerful and elusive talent. On her latest CD, Songs of Love and Destruction (September 1, Lofish), she once again charms listeners with her intimate delivery and insight into a song’s lyrics. Joining her is an all-star cast of jazztalents that includes pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Evan Gregor, and drummer Jordan Perlson, along with special guests trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, and violinist Christian Howes. Drawing on her love of pop music, as well as jazz and her own originals, she has crafted an understated, but deeply emotional album that looks at love, as one of her favorite singer-songwritersputs it, ‘from both sides now.’
Walter Fischbacher — Piano
Kelly Jefferson — Saxophone
Mike Downes — Bass
Ted Warren — Drums
Besides being a supremely personal interpreter of songs, Lohninger is also a graceful and focused improviser. Growing up in a small Austrian mountain village (population 25), Lohninger started singing in school and church choirs. At the age of six, she joined her two sisters in what would become a nationally renowned vocal group specializing in the songs of her homeland. Driven by her musical curiosity, she soon ventured in other directions and studied classical music and jazz, finishing her studies with a Masters degree in music and English Language and Literature. In 1994, Lohninger relocated to New York and has released seven albums since then.