Pianist Yelena Eckemoff returns with Lions, her most ambitious marriage of music and narrative yet. Spine-tingling compositions inspired by by Eckemo

         
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Pianist Yelena Eckemoff returns with Lions, her most ambitious marriage of music and narrative yet.

Spine-tingling compositions inspired by by Eckemoff's vision of African vistas and wildlife from a lioness' viewpoint.

"Lions sounds like Yelena Eckemoff letting go, following her muse with a focused fervor. The music—structured gorgeousness in the embrace of the improvisational élan of Andersen and Hart—is Yelena's strongest statement to date, a flawless and beguiling work of art."

Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

"Eckemoff’s classical background is audible in the intricacy and proportion and refinement of each song’s design, and in the measured caution of her improvisations. But she is more romantic impressionist than academic. Her forms, for all their order and precision, are heartfelt."

Thomas Conrad, Jazztimes

"If Eckemoff demonstrates anything with this enthralling… album, 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 Magazine

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It's hard not to be swept away by Eckemoff's vision of African vistas and wildlife from a lioness' viewpoint. Eckemoff's music finds compelling middle ground through composition and the loose interpretative interaction that any trio bolstered by Andersen and Hart is bound to possess. The three musicians traverse considerable territory, from ethereal atmospherics both sun-charred and moonlit indigo and more grounded explorations of groove, to cinematic expanses that evoke imagery reflective of Eckemoff's experience - the soundtrack to the most personal of imaginary films. And whether it's Eckemoff's impeccable virtuosity and penchant for the impressionistic, Andersen's lithe muscularity and irresistibly singing tone, or Hart's ability to suggest time with the broadest use of color and texture, Lions is an album that continues to surprise long after it's been spun for the first time.

Album Release date; 18 April 2015

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Upcoming gigs

April 18th

Ronnie Scott's
Opening for Mike Stern
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April 19th

The Spice of Life, London
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Line up

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Arild Andersen b.
Martin France d.

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