fact, the Germany was among the countries who always participated, actively
in the Progressive Rock movement since the 70's, or even since the late
60's, and around from five last decades has contributed actively with great
prog rock music of many splendid bands, where may be mentioned some of
the most importants groups from 70's and until the present time such as
"Eloy", "Novalis", "Hoelderlin", "Anyone's Daughter",
"Ramses", "Rebekka", "Eden", "Amenophis", "Anabis",
"Antares", "Chandelier", "Shades Of Dawn", "Traumhaus",
"Abarax" and now we can include on this superb list the band Elleven.
sounds like a mix of styles influecied by many references from the past
together with modern elements, a intersting mix of Progressive Rock from
Germany and England. Their music is so expressive and surrounding,
that some times sound strong, some times melodic and some times symphonic,
they know how to use the perfect doses, mixing established styles like
Progressive Rock, Symphonic Progressive Rock, Melodic Rock, Art Rock with
some elements from Neo-Prog. The smart lyrics, the music, the arrangements,
the sounds, the vocal, all instrumental parts are generated by nice melodic
performances, that really the musicians show a consistent, mature and highly
original work, using high degree of musical expertise adding strong creativity,
all this can be noticed by the high degree of musicians' professionalism
and life experiences. "Transfiction" is their second album,
released by Progressive
Promotion Records, that include eight tracks, totaling 61 minutes
of a impressive musical delight. The instrumental on the album and the
arrangements is leaded by awesome guitar solos, that dominates almost all
the compositions, prominent keyboards full of atmospheric passages, adding
an vibrant bass sound, with a perfect drums, but the main highlight is
the voices from Julia Graff, together into the musical arrangements, her
voices gives all the charm to the instrumental and is a very strong point
in the orchestral performance of the group, mainly on this album, Her vocal
tones sound like an orchestra conductor, beautiful, soft, gentle and without
agressiviness. Elleven music follows in the same line of bands such
as "Magenta", "Children In Paradise", "Landmarq",
"Karnataka", "The Illumion", "Frequency Drift", "Weend'ô",
"Quorum", "Eternal Wanderers", "Mars Hollow", "Anima
Mundi", "Mangrove", "Band Of Rain", "La Tulipe Noire",
"Maze of Time", "Strangers On A Train", "The Panic Room",
"The Room" and so on. It is hard to determine which is the best
song, because on the album, all songs specifically are excellents, however,
I have my favorite songs, and here they are: "Try", "Not
The One", "Sakura Tree", "Blurry Road",
"Reproduction" and "Dust And Light". Progressive
Rock fans around the world, will find tremendous delight hearing the "Transfiction"
album, a rich sound full of memorable and sensitive melodies with extended
and powerful instrumental sections. You must listen to the album many times,
to discover all the beautiful pieces from this amazing work. A beautiful
album from a band who show great musical potential. Brilliant and fantastic,
an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...
line-up on Elleven's album and actual band are:
Graff - Vocals and Guitar
Hütter - Guitars
Riemer - Keyboards
Rubarth - Drums
Weitz - Bass
2001 two former members of Chandelier, Tom Jarzina (drums) and Stephan
Scholz (bass, guitar) helped vocalist Julia Graff to take her first steps
with Elleven. Soon after keyboard player Armin Riemer and guitarist
Carsten Hütter joined them. Unfortunately, Stephan Scholz was forced
to leave the band due to job commitments. Since then, Roger Weitz is playing
2007 their first CD Insight was released and at once one track (All Alone)
found its way onto a CD compiled by the renowned German magazine eclipsed.
The atmospheric rocking progressive pop of Elleven was well received
both in Germany and in Europe. The live set was well rehearsed, but in
2009 the band had to reform, since not only Tom Jarzina, but also Julia
Graff moved to the south of Germany.
that time the band was already in the middle of writing new material for
a second CD. Although the band had quite clear ideas about the new songs,
the new lineup still had to shape their sound. Despite this radical change
was continued with vocalist Julia Graff working from the south of Germany
and new drummer, Herry Rubarth, again a former member of Chandelier.
A new album aims to do justice to the various metamorphoses that the band
went through in the last years.
it sound like Neo-Prog? Melodic Progrock or even Alternative Rock? Is it
kind of progressive-pop, like the band claims it for themselves in their
early beginnings? If you want to spot it and perhaps peg the band into
some of these genres, you may find some. Even if this was not targeted
when founding the band in 2001 by two former members of the well known
German band Chandelier and vocalist Julia Graff. They wanted to
create kind of progressive-pop sound with a female vocalist whose sound
was a bit of uncommon for this kind of music. Their first CD Insight was
well received both in Germany and in Europe and a special recommendation
for so called “softproggers”.
some upheaval, their second longplayer Transfiction is finally available.
Riemer (piano/keys/synth/organ), Carsten Hütter
(guitars), Roger Weitz (bass), Herry Rubarth
(drums) and Jule Graff (vocals/guitar) embeded their experiences
of the last years into this album, which is catching perfectly these metarmophoses.
Thereby the band remained faithful to one thing: The song and the atmosphere
rank first. And if you wanna pigeon-hole the band, simply concentrate on
- Synths, vocoder and grand piano
currently used: Roland JD990, Korg 01/W, Access Virus C, E-MU ESI4000,
Oberheim OB-3squared (with DIY MIDI tweak), Roland VK-1, NI B4, Roland
VP330, DIY bass pedal, DIY MT88pro Masterkeyboard – no other master keyboard
has these features! All this stuff is connected and mixed with MOTU midi
express XT and Roland M12E…
first synth was self-made – inspired by various projects of the electronics
magazine “Elektor” that still exists today. Since then I’ve had three dozens
vintage synths under my fingers: Arp Odyssee, Roland System 100, Roland
JX8P, Memorymoog, Prophet 5, CS20M, Siel Opera, you name them. Just imagine
what some guys pay for them at Ebay nowadays. I sold them all in the 90s
to buy my beloved Roland JD990. The crowning achievement was to touch a
real vintage Mellotron M400. It belonged to a very strange guy. I manage
to wangle the ARP out of him.
bands: Brainside, Passing Thru, cover bands, various projects at university.
influences: Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Who, M. Walking
on Water, Eloy, Kraftwerk, Santana, Deep Purple,
Jarre, Eric Clapton, Saga, Yello,
Tree, Trio, Sting, Coldplay – It was definitely
fault that I started to teach myself music. My approach used to be: “I
can do that, too.”
concert: was in 1983. Dire Straits, Cologne Sporthalle – both aren’t there
visited concert: Santana, Oberhausen, 2015
records: Jean-Michel Jarre, Beatles – Pink Floyd came
later, but I got hooked on “Animals” and soon bought every Pink
Floyd album. I listened to “Ummagamma” only at my schoolmate
Oliver’s, he turned me into a diehard Pink Floyd fan.
- Acoustic and electric guitars, self-taught, baritone guitar (you can
listen to it on the new track "Reproduction")
Without any musical education I first got in touch with music while listening
to Led Zeppelin with Frank and Volker. Jimmy Page’s
guitar playing really blew me away and if it hadn't for Pagey, I wouldn’t
play the guitar today.
I started figuring out his guitar parts just by listening to the songs
on my record player over and over again. I still like his approach to combine
different guitar parts, acoustic and electric, and to mix different styles
after my brother started playing the bass. Since my father used to repair
electronic gear in his free time and since there was always a soldering
iron on, it was obvious that we took an interest in electronics, too, and
built circuits published in the magazine “Elektor”. After the success of
Blues Brothers movie I used to play in a soul cover band with my brother
for a couple of years.
and more I was fascinated by jazz and fusion, especially by Pat Metheny.
Through him and by studying the relevant literature (Thanks to Steve Erquiaga
und Axel Jungbluth!) I was able to expand my knowledge of chord progressions
a project with Harry Rose who gave my phone number to Julia I got to know
her, Armin and Thomas, and later Roger and Herry. By listening to Progressive
Rock more intensively and starting to learn odd metres I realized
that these guys and this kind of music are great fun for me and that I
can incorporate my favourite ways of playing the guitar into the band's
Einflüsse: Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Jimmy Page,
Metheny, The Edge, Andy Summers, Nigel Tufnel,
Gilmour, Vernon Reid
- Guitars: Explorer, Telecaster, ES335, Les Paul Baritone, Takamine acoustic
Bill Lawrence and EMG
Hiwatt DR103, Eminence and Celestion speakers
Pedals: Krank Distortus Maximus, Barber Dirty Bomb, Way Huge Red Llama
clone, Skreddy P19 clone, Vibesware Guitar Resonator
Rack: Roland GP-8, Behringer Denoiser SNR2000
Concert: Transatlantic, Cologne, March 2014
LP: Dire Straits first album or AC/DC "If You Want Blood"
since 1986, self-taught, except for the few lessons I had from Kurt Billker
to improve my technique. Much more influential, however, was Kurt's playing,
Kurt plays in many jazz bands such as "Das Pferd". But I also got
curious watching a certain animal in a puppet TV show;)
first got in contact with progressive rock of the early seventies through
my elder brothers and good friends! Some friends of mine and I founded
"Chandelier" in 1986/87. Until 1994 we had two albums, lots of gigs
and fun. After a break of about two years Stephan Scholz, Thomas Scholz,
Michael Dorp , "Moppel", Roger Weitz and I founded Animal Crossing, but
we did not record a CD.
been guest drummer for Pertaining To The Arts, I stood in for Thomas Jarzina
with Elleven several times. After Thomas had left the band in 2010, I became
a member of the band.
bands: Chandelier, Animal Crossing, Pertaining To The
influences: got more complicated throughout the years. Progressive rock
of Genesis, Yes, King Crimson and later jazz rock.
In the 90s I got into funk and bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers.
drummers: many pros and amateur drummers, but they usually convince me
in the context of their bands.
ever since, but more intensively since 1994
was taught classical voice at school in my Suebian homeland, but my greatest
success back then as a junior student was to perform with the senior high
school choir. Harry Rose who gave us Carsten's phone number taught me in
Düsseldorf from 1998 on, but since 2007 I have been coached by Renate
Otta (stimmwerkstatt, Cologne). Since my return to Stuttgart, Petra Straue
is my new coach at GoVocal. She really opened up a new door to my voice
and I’m very thankful for that.
Playing the guitar started as a campfire affair, but during the sessions
with Elleven it turned into a real passion, especially for my blue
Armond, affectionately called "Blue Poison". For heavier
sounds I use my sweetheart from the darker side ("The Guitar of Destiny"),
an Epiphone Prophecy SG EX, modded skull knobs of course. As I can't solder
and I haven't got the patience to build a big guitar rig, I can't live
without my Line6 PODXT live – simply love it! Now, that Armin and
Carsten built me the biggest rig in the world, I'm looking out for some
new analog effects. I switched to a VoiceLive GTX in combination with my
good old Morley Wah, an Electro Harmonix Glove and a Behringer GI100 ULTRA-G
(great Speaker-Emulation by the way). So, the older I get, the more analog
bands: Cereals, Brainside and april.days (CD Produktion "restart",
influences: The list would be really as long as my CD/MP3 collection. I'll
try to keep it short – Anything similar to Porcupine Tree (I still
can't tell which of their albums is my favourite) inspires me as much as
Floyd, Genesis, Led Zeppelin who laid the foundation
and even "softer" Bands like Saga or Supertramp. My sister
is definitely responsible for that, since she used to make everyone in
the house listen to Pavlov's Dog and other usual suspects while
I was still messing around with Europe or Bon Jovi. There was a
time when I was into soul and blues with my first band "Cereals"
when the movies "The Commitments" and "Blues Brothers" came
out (back then I didn't know Spinal Tap). Anouk, Skin
of Skunk Anansie, Sara Bareilles, Annie Lennox, Heather
Nova or Alanis Morissette (in her later years) really inspire
me. At the end of the 90s live recordings of Marillion opened a
new world for me, my favourite studio album, however, is (die-hard Fish
fans may excuse me) "Seasons End". Today my musical taste includes anything
from Jazz to Prog, from Soul to Pop and Singer/Songwriter.
concert: Guns'n Roses, Use your Illusion Tour, 1991… and I still
don't like to remember me wearing the standard G'n'R outift (bandana, longsleeve
T-shirt slung around the hips and workmann trousers, eww)
concert: Olivia Trummer, Stuttgart, June 2015
LP: Best of the Blues Brothers (1981) or Huey Lewis
& the News, Sports (1983)
CD: Steven Wilson "Hand. Cannot. Erase". (2015)
- Bass, mandoline and keyboards (for Thin Crow)
Bogart SLC five string bass with graphite neck and Blackstone body.
I use a Roland V-Bass for effects. My amp is an old and virtually indestructible
Dynacord Reference 3000 4×10 Combo.
If my memory serves me right, I first got in touch with music at the early
of eleven in 1962. I learned to read music and to play the mandoline and
started my musical career mandoline orchestra.
from the usual folk tunes I also played classical pieces, e.g. Beethoven
(Egmont-Overtüre) and later Vivaldi (Concert for Mandoline
and Orchestra in C Major and for two Mandolines in G Major). The perfromance
of "Carmina Burana" with the school choir was definitely a musical
highlight in my early days, since I started singing soprano and changed
to tenor and bass when my voice broke.
1963/64 I first got in touch with beat music. At a local fair I listened
not only to the then popular tunes by Catarina Valente and Freddy Quinn,
but also to the Beatles' "Help". I was blown away
by that song. The beat era began and I found myself in the midst of a musical
revolution that started in England and spread over the whole world.
was also deeply influenced by jazz rock. With my band "Flageolett"
I recorded an album "Horizonte" at Silvox-Studio in Ulft/Silvolde
(NL) in 1989.
The Mrs. Great (1968 – 1974, reunion 2006 with original members), Twenty-One
(ca. 1974 – 1983), Flageolett (ca. 1984 – 1989), Animal Crossing
(since 1993), Flying Circus (since 1997), Thin Crow (since
2006) and of course Elleven (since 2009)
influences: Some of most important bands for me were and still are Pink
Floyd, Cream, Vanilla Fudge, The Who, Genesis,
Orchestra with John Mclaughlin, Gentle Giant,
Luc Ponti, Weather Report, Porcupine Tree, and many others.
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