The brilliant new release from pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff titled Flying Steps" is a musical excursion with one of the most captivating composers of today. Eckemoff is joined here by the great Peter Erskine on drums, and Darek Oleszkiewicz on bass. This release is the third installment of a trio of recordings recently released by Eckomoff. Her first two Cold Sun" and Grass Catching Wind" both received worldwide critical acclaim. Flying Steps" is a very personal journey for Eckemoff. Selections such as For Harry" and Tomorrow" which are inspired by her personal relationships, to her inner self which is featured in Isolated." Yelena Eckemoff is music for listening. The intricacies and passion for which this music is presented will have you asking when is the forth installment."
If Eckemoff demonstrates anything, it lies in her artistry as an inquisitive, slow-paced, and free-of-sentimentality pianist able to express special emotional qualities." Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat
About Yelena Eckemoff:
Yelena Eckemoff was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Her parents noticed that she had great musical potential when she started to play piano by ear at the age of four. Yelena's mother, Olga, a professional pianist, became her first piano teacher. At the age of seven Yelena was accepted into an elite Gnessins 10-year School for musically gifted children where, in addition to common school subjects, she received extensive training in piano, music theory, music literature, solfeggio, harmony, analysis of musical forms, conducting, composing, and other musical subjects. She was fortunate to study piano with Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who also trained one of today's most celebrated pianists, Evgeny Kissin. Later Yelena studied with Galina Nikolaevna Egiazarova at the Piano School of the Moscow State Conservatory. Upon graduation with Master's Degree in piano performance and pedagogy, she worked as a piano teacher in one of Moscow Music Schools, gave solo concerts, attended courses at the Moscow Jazz Studio, played in an experimental jazz-rock band, and continued to compose music for different instruments and voice.
After marrying and becoming a mother, Yelena had to withdraw from further career moves as a concert pianist. Even though she has never given up her performing activities, she had to stay away from commercial music circles. Together with her husband she found the Christian faith and decided to flee the Soviet Union. Since 1991, Yelena has been living permanently in the USA, where she continued to play concerts and compose music. Taking advantage of technological advancements, Yelena also began developing her career as an independent recording artist. Over the course of years, she has produced a number of recordings of her original, arranged, and classical music under the independent label, L & H Production."
Yelena's original music has been acclaimed as intelligent, tasteful, reflective, sometimes dark and edgy, always interesting, diverse and very romantic. It is rooted in the modern classical approach, much influenced by jazz and world music. She lives with her family and pets on their pine tree farm in a quiet corner of North Carolina. Yelena believes in hard work, God's guidance, humanism, and eternal love.
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