Yelena Eckemoff


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Born and raised in Moscow, then relocated to North Carolina, pianist Yelena Eckemoff mixed jazz and classical music on her project 21 Biblical Psalms that she launched in 1990.

Russian Songs & Romances (spring 1998) featured mezzo-soprano Esfira Kodesh.

The Birth of Emmanuel, inspired by the Gospel of Matthew, was first recorded in 1997 under the name Christmas Story from Matthew and then reworked in the fall of 2000.

Kaleidoscope Of Life (released in 2001) is a 74-minute album enhanced with electronics.

Advocate Of Love (summer 2008) featured Pat Lawrence on double-bass, Gayle Masarie on cello and Michael Bolejack on drums.

Cold Sun (recorded in 2009) featured Mads Vinding (double bass) and Peter Erskine (drums).

Morten Lund replaced Erskin on drums for Grass Catching The Wind (recorded in 2010).

Another trio recorded Flying Steps (august 2010).

Forget-me-not (august 2011) features Mats Eilertsen on double-bass and Marilyn Mazur on drums and cymbals.

Glass Song (march 2012) sees Arild Andersen on double-bass and Peter Erskine on drums.

A Touch of Radiance (may 2014) was recorded by a quintet with Mark Turner (tenor sax), Joe Locke (vibraphone), George Mraz (bass) and Billy Hart (drums).

A trio with Arid Andersen (bass) and Billy Hart (drums) recorded the double-disc Lions (march 2013).

Everblue (september 2014) was a collaboration with Tore Brunborg (saxes) Arild Andersen (bass) and Jon Chistensen (drums).

Her quartet (with Mark Feldman on violin, Billy Hart on drums and Ben Street on double bass) recorded Leaving Everything Behind (september 2015), including some rarities from the 1980s.

The double-disc concept album Blooming Tall Phlox (september 2013) featured Verneri Pohjola (trumpet and flugelhorn), Panu Savolainen (vibraphone), Antti Lotjonen (double bass) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums, percussion).

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