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Izabella Effenberg: Crystal Silence

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Many musicians play a second instrument, though rarely do they venture to record an entire album with it. Such a commitment would likely require complete technical command of the secondary instrument, or failing that, courage in spades. Izabella Effenberg has both. For her third release on Unit Records, following her sextet debut Cuentame and the trio outing IZA (2017), the Polish-born, Germany-based musician not only switches from her habitual vibraphone to array mbira—a modern variant of the African mbira—but she ...

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Izabella Effenberg Trio: IZA

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The vibraphone seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with any number of outstanding exponents of the instrument popping up in all corners of the world. Izabella Effenberg may be a new name for many, but the Polish vibraphonist has already collaborated with the likes of Tony Lakatos, Magnus Ostrom, Nippy Noya and Nicole Johanntgen. Based on Iza--her second outing as leader, it mightn't be long before Effenberg becomes better known internationally, for there's much to admire ...