What a gift to have Yelena Eckemoff on the show! We have to start her story with "Once upon a time..." A tiny girl (age four) showed great promise on the piano, playing by EAR. Mother was a professional pianist and became Yelena's first teacher. At seven, the little one was accepted into an elite school in Moscow that only taught children who were exceptional. The groundwork was laid there for furthering our guest's passion for music. Her deeply felt appreciation for Jazz, Rock and World music - along with classical training - fueled her desire to compose and to play for those who might be helped. Yelena has said that a big part of her yearns for peace on earth. Her songs reflect so much contemplation regarding this! Her new album, "Leaving Everything Behind" is going to leave you spellbound :)
More of this astounding woman's background: she received her Master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Moscow State University. Yelena also studied at the Moscow Jazz Studio and played in a Jazz-Rock band - and TAUGHT while she was in her native country.
Having lived in the States for over two decades, she has evolved into an intensely thoughtful musician. Her intention was to become known in Jazz circles - in 2009, she made an impact. Her "Cold Sun" project (featuring Peter Erskine on drums) certainly pushed that buzz into the stratosphere! Her follow-up albums met with critical praise - reviewers were drawn to Yelena's themes and the beautiful blurring of genres. Intelligent and introspective poetry.
With the exclamation points in describing her NEW work, another door has opened for Yelena - and it's a pleasure to be able to open that a bit further when she joins us on 7/14, Bastille Day :) Show at Noon, our guest at ONE Eastern. See you in The Chat Room!