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Yelena Eckemoff

Yelena Eckemoff is an internationally renowned Russian-born pianist, composer, poet, and visual artist who organically blends classical elements with jazz improvisation in evocative and uniquely distinctive works that strike a delicate balance between through-composed frameworks and open-ended exploration and improvisation. Eckemoff is highly prolific composer and recording artist who produces the albums that are listed worldwide among the best releases of a year. Each release has its own charm and expression, involving the greatest celebrities of the world jazz scene, but always bears the personal signature of the composer/pianist. Yelena Eckemoff is a virtuoso pianist who played numerous piano solo recitals and lead her various all-star bands performing at prestigious venues, including Birdland NYC, Jazz Standard, Saint Peter’s Church, and Ronnie Scotts in London.

Her career can be divided into halves: Before 2009, she focused primarily on classical, folk, and sacred music as well as jazz, and after where jazz became her primary mode of expression— albeit still classically informed and occasionally tinged with experimental rock. The 2013 album Glass Song is widely regarded as her most important recording.

Eckemoff was born in Moscow and began playing the piano by ear at four. A year later, she was formally studying with her mother, a professional pianist. At seven, she attended Gnessins State Musical College, a school for gifted children, and after high school, studied classical piano at Moscow State Conservatory. After completing a Master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy, she worked as a piano teacher in a Moscow music school, gave solo concerts, attended courses at the Moscow Jazz Studio, played in an experimental jazz-rock band, and composed instrumental and vocal music.

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”Yelena Eckemoff has done something almost entirely new—she's created what could very well be considered a new musical genre—classical world improv, if a name must be put to it. Drawing mainly, perhaps, on classical music, she's figured out a way to seamlessly incorporate world, jazz, and chamber ensemble elements.

The result? Music of uncommon beauty and pathos.” —Jan Dennis, Amazon.com

“Eckemoff isn't as concerned with musical tradition as she is with actively capturing various creatures of sound, fusing them together and giving life to another breed of musical species.” —David Locklear, Go Triad magazine

”Eckemoff’s new album, Advocate of Love, shows this remarkable pianist’s influences, namely the modern classical movement, contemporary and be-bop jazz as well as others

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Greensboro

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb27Wed
Yelena Eckemoff
Bop Stop
Cleveland, OH
$15
Apr25Thu
Yelena Eckemoff
Kito Vegesack
Bremen, Germany
€18.00

Discography

Colors

Colors

L&H Production
2019

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Desert

Desert

L & H Production
2018

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Better Than Gold and Silver

Better Than Gold and...

L&H Production
2018

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Blooming Tall Phlox

Blooming Tall Phlox

L & H Production
2017

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Blooming Tall Phlox

Blooming Tall Phlox

L & H Production
2017

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In The Shadow Of A Cloud

In The Shadow Of A...

L & H Production
2017

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