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Adventures of the Wildflower

Label: L & H Production
Released: 2021
Track listing: 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.

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Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower

Read "Adventures of the Wildflower" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The last time composer/pianist Yelena Eckemoff recorded in Finland she led a quintet on Blooming Tall Phlox (L&H Production, 2017). The program was devoted to smells, particularly the phlox flower and other scents remembered from childhood. Here she returns to Finland with a sextet (including several returning players, basically the entire rhythm section) and a related ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower

Read "Adventures of the Wildflower" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The seeds of pianist-composer Yelena Eckemoff's Adventures Of The Wildflower were planted in 2013, when she traveled to Hollola, Finland, to record Blooming Tall Phlox (L&H Productions, 2017) with a group of young Finnish musicians. Several Eckemoff albums came about after that recording, but the experience with her Finnish friends must have exerted a sort of ...

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Blooming Tall Phlox

Label: L & H Production
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc 1: Blooming Tall Phlox; Apples Laid Out On The Floor; Baba Liza’s Singer; Old- Fashioned; Bread Store; Wildflower Meadows; Fish Fried On Open Fire; Sleeping In The Tent; Pin Needles Warmed By The Sun. Disc 2: Smoke From The Hot Tea; Grandpa Lera’s Bookcase; Clementine’s And Candies On Christmas Tree; Mommy’s Shawl; Aunt Galya’s Perfume; Scented Candles And Sparkling Wine.

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Blooming Tall Phlox

Label: L & H Production
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc 1: Blooming Tall Phlox; Apples Laid Out On The Floor; Baba Liza’s Singer; Old- Fashioned; Bread Store; Wildflower Meadows; Fish Fried On Open Fire; Sleeping In The Tent; Pin Needles Warmed By The Sun. Disc 2: Smoke From The Hot Tea; Grandpa Lera’s Bookcase; Clementine’s And Candies On Christmas Tree; Mommy’s Shawl; Aunt Galya’s Perfume; Scented Candles And Sparkling Wine.

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Yelena Eckemoff: Blooming Tall Phlox

Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


You can look up the phlox flower online: there are 67 species, many of them fragrant. But none of the photographs or botanical classifications will tell you how it smells. For that we have pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff's musical impressions here, along with a range of other smells recalled from her Russian childhood. When Eckemoff visited Finland ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Blooming Tall Phlox

Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While the art of playing jazz qualifies as a multisensory experience, involving listening, touching, and seeing, it usually doesn't extend so far as to include the sense of smell. But that's not to say that a nose for scents has no place in musical and artistic spheres. If you need convincing, just look at Blooming Tall ...

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12 Points 2014, Umea

Read "12 Points 2014, Umea" reviewed by Henning Bolte


12 Points 2014 Umeå, Sweden April 10-12, 2014 Umeå, 400 miles north of Stockholm at the Ume river and near the gulf of Bothnia, is the capital of Västerbotten County. The city is located on the plain coastal strip, with an enormous wide horizon on all sides, and everything in the city ...

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Flow Festival: Helsinki, Finland, August 10-12, 2012

Read "Flow Festival: Helsinki, Finland, August 10-12, 2012" reviewed by Anthony Shaw


Flow Festival in FinlandSuvilahti, HelsinkiAugust 10-12, 2012 Every music festival worth its salt can boast something different from the others, where it's the performers, participants, legacy or location. Helsinki's Flow Festival, always held on the last official weekend of summer before schools restart, has established itself, in its nine years of existence, as ...


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