Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff to Perform at Birdland in Support of Upcoming Album, Glass Song Tuesday, March 26 at 8:30 and 11:00PM


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Performance Features Bassist Arild Andersen and Drummer Billy Hart

Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff is scheduled to perform at Birdland in New York City on Tuesday, March 26 at 8:30 and 11:00PM. The performances will be in support of her upcoming L&H Productions album, Glass Song (available February 19). Eckemoff will be joined by bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Billy Hart.

On her new album, Glass Song, Moscow-born pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff celebrates the season of renewal that ushers winter into spring with a mesmerizing set of crystalline beauty. In crafting this, the latest expression of her gorgeously delicate blend of classical intricacy and jazz invention, Eckemoff brings together two of modern music’s greatest improvisers for the first time: bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Peter Erskine.

The trio that Eckemoff has assembled to help realize these reflective visions is composed of two of jazz’s most creative minds–who remarkably had not worked together prior to this recording. The legendary Erskine played with Weather Report and Steps Ahead in the early years of a career that has now spanned four decades and includes recordings and performances with everyone from Steely Dan to John Abercrombie, Joni Mitchell to Gary Burton and Pat Metheny. Norwegian bassist, Andersen, has an equally impressive resume, encompassing a six-year stint in the Jan Garbarek Quartet and more than a dozen albums as a leader for ECM.

The combination works spectacularly, three distinctive voices seeming to breathe as one. The sensitivity of Erskine and Andersen serves Eckemoff’s fragile compositions with an airy but sure touch. The lush serenity of the leader’s piano is matched by the singing caress of Andersen’s bass and the hushed precision of Erskine’s percussion. The trio shares a deep intimacy while remaining attuned to the spaciousness of the pieces, all captured in the wondrously lush sound of the recording.

“Some people dance, some people sing, some people write,” Eckemoff explains. “When I feel something, I compose. It’s almost like I can’t stop it. My head is always filled with music. If I couldn’t write music I think I would just explode. Life is sometimes sad, but I find escape in writing music. I’m happy because I can do it.”

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