Adventures of the Wildflower
Label: L & H Production
CD1: In the Ground; Germination; Weeding The Garden; Dog Chasing A Mouse; Rain; Home By The Fence; Chickens; Drought; Thundershower. CD2: Winter Slumber; Waking Up In the Spring; Buds And Flowers; Butterflies; Hummingbirds; Children Playing With Seed Pods; Dying; Another Winter; Baby Columbines.
Additional Personnel / Information
Jarmo Saari: glass harp, theremin, guitar.
Pianist-composer Yelena Eckemoff unfurls her most elaborate and ambitious musical work yet with Adventures of the Wildflower, which her own L&H Production label will release on March 19, 2021. As its title suggests, the double album is the story of a life, from birth to death (and rebirth), of an anthropomorphic columbine flower. Its story is told through the inspired work of Eckemoff and a Finnish ensemble that includes saxophonist Jukka Perko, multi-instrumentalist Jarmo Saari, vibraphonist Panu Savolainen, bassist Antti Lötjönen, and drummer- percussionist Olavi Louhivuori. Long a conceptualist, Eckemoff has previously tended to craft albums of thematically linked but discrete pieces. Adventures of the Wildflower, however, functions as a single narrative. The flower—aptly named Columbine—undertakes a vivid journey, growing from baby to mature plant as she observes from her garden spot the whirl of nature and of life, plant and animal, around her.