With her totally one-off sound and magnetic visual identity, Enji is gathering fans from the likes of BBC 6 music’s Gilles Peterson, as well as an invitation to perform a session for COLORS in Berlin. Enji’s previous album ‘Ursgal’ found fans with the likes of Nowness, Loud and Quiet and CLASH, as well as with MOJO describing her as “Like Ella Fitzgerald singing in Khalkha”.
Born in Ulaanbaatar, Enji grew up in a yurt to a working-class family. Having always been drawn to music, dance and literature – she now shares these experiences and passions with a band made up of people from all over the world. Along with longtime musical partners and integral parts to Enji’s music, guitarist Paul Brändle and bass player Munguntovch Tsolmonbayar, Enji is joined in the studio by renowned jazz drummer Mariá Portugal and experimental clarinet player Joana Queiroz. Both musicians come from Brazil and reflect Enji’s upbringing, but from the other side of the globe, sharing experiences across cultures and growing up in some truly incomparable parts of the world. This new found sense of understanding reinforces Enji’s songs, further depth added from her feeling of belonging and affinity to her creative partners.
Enji’s new album Ulaan came out in July 2023 on Squama Recordings.
An elegant and powerful twist on traditional Mongolian music. – The Guardian
These songs sound so inventive, so free, yet so grounded — and if they end up calming your mind, the aim wasn’t to numb it, but to open it. ” – The Washington Post