5

Nikki Yeoh: Solo Gemini

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Nikki Yeoh: Solo Gemini Pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh makes her solo debut with Solo Gemini. The title encapsulates the performer and the performance—a solo piano recording by musician with the star-sign of the Heavenly Twins. Yeoh shares a birthday with Bob Dylan, but her musical style is far removed from that particular troubadour.

Solo Gemini encompasses music written over a 25 year period (during which time Yeoh has, among other activities, played with Neneh Cherry and Courtney Pine and composed for Joanna McGregor). "Mutual Serenade" is the oldest piece, written by the 18-year-old Yeoh after she hung out with Hermeto Pascoal at Ronnie Scott's club in London. The tunes have often arisen from episodes in Yeoh's own life, but occasionally something a little more fantastical provides the inspiration.

The musical range is broad. The lengthy "Six As 1" (commissioned by Max Richter) has some strong rhythms, from funk-ish to folk-ish, but the tense mid-section takes a darker and less comfortable turn. The shorter pieces—"What Kind? This Kind!," "Solo Gemini" and "Perfectidd" for example—take the music through a range of moods and tempos but all share an intimate and engaging feel. Yeoh wrote "The Healer" on tour in India in 1999: it's a languid, lovely tune. The cheerful "Dance Of Two Small Bears" tells of the love between two bears as they dance in a forest and Yeoh's shifting tempos conjure images of the romantic events.

Yeoh recorded Solo Gemini in 2014, during her time as artist-in-residence at Aldeburgh, the music and arts venue at Snape Maltings established by composer Benjamin Britten. The Maltings' serene rural setting might have something to do with the mature and confident playing that characterises Yeoh's musicianship across the album.

Track Listing: Six As 1; Perfectidd; What Kind? This Kind!; Solo Gemini; The Healer; Mutual Serenade; Dance Of The Two Small Bears; Elderflower And Ivy.

Personnel: Nikki Yeoh: piano.

Title: Solo Gemini | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Infinitum Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Departure CD/LP/Track Review Departure
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 26, 2017
Read I Know Who I Am CD/LP/Track Review I Know Who I Am
by James Nadal
Published: July 26, 2017
Read With You In Mind CD/LP/Track Review With You In Mind
by Doug Collette
Published: July 26, 2017
Read Roll On CD/LP/Track Review Roll On
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "Two Of A Kind" CD/LP/Track Review Two Of A Kind
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 30, 2016
Read "La Diversité" CD/LP/Track Review La Diversité
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 31, 2017
Read "Flowers" CD/LP/Track Review Flowers
by John Sharpe
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "House Of Waters" CD/LP/Track Review House Of Waters
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 14, 2016
Read "Developing Story" CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "8th Window" CD/LP/Track Review 8th Window
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: April 11, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!