Born and raised in Moscow, then relocated to North Carolina, pianist
Yelena Eckemoff mixed jazz and classical music on her project
21 Biblical Psalms that she launched
Russian Songs & Romances (spring 1998) featured
mezzo-soprano Esfira Kodesh.
The Birth of Emmanuel, inspired
by the Gospel of Matthew, was first recorded in 1997 under the
name Christmas Story from Matthew and then reworked in the
fall of 2000.
Kaleidoscope Of Life (released in 2001) is a
74-minute album enhanced with
Advocate Of Love (summer 2008) featured
Pat Lawrence on double-bass, Gayle
Masarie on cello and Michael Bolejack on drums.
Cold Sun (recorded in 2009) featured Mads Vinding (double
bass) and Peter Erskine (drums).
Morten Lund replaced Erskin on drums for
Grass Catching The Wind (recorded in 2010).
Another trio recorded Flying Steps (august 2010).
Forget-me-not (august 2011) features Mats Eilertsen on double-bass
and Marilyn Mazur on drums and cymbals.
Glass Song (march
2012) sees Arild Andersen on double-bass and Peter Erskine on drums.
A Touch of Radiance (may 2014) was recorded by
a quintet with Mark Turner (tenor sax), Joe Locke (vibraphone),
George Mraz (bass) and Billy Hart (drums).
A trio with Arid Andersen (bass) and Billy Hart (drums)
recorded the double-disc Lions (march 2013).
Everblue (september 2014) was a collaboration with Tore Brunborg (saxes) Arild Andersen (bass) and Jon Chistensen (drums).
Her quartet (with Mark Feldman on violin, Billy Hart on drums and Ben Street on double bass) recorded Leaving Everything Behind (september 2015), including some rarities from the 1980s.
The double-disc concept album Blooming Tall Phlox (september 2013) featured Verneri Pohjola (trumpet and flugelhorn), Panu Savolainen (vibraphone), Antti Lotjonen (double bass) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums, percussion).
The double-disc In The Shadow Of A Cloud
documents the Yelena Eckemoff Quintet with Chris Potter (tenor and soprano saxes, flute, bass clarinet), Adam Rogers (electric guitar), Drew Gress (double bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).
The exotic Desert (december 2015) featured
Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, soprano sax and bass clarinet), Arild Andersen (double bass) and Peter Erskine (drums, percussion).
The double-disc Better Than Gold And Silver (april 2018),
inspired by Biblical psalms,
contains ten compositions in both vocal version (disc 1) and instrumental version (disc 2).
French drummer Manu Katche recorded Colors (may 2017).
The double-disc set Nocturnal Animals (april 2018) was recorded with Arild Andersen (bass), Jon Christensen and Thomas Stronen (both on drums and percussion).
The double-disc set Adventures Of The Wildflower (august 2019) documents a collaboration with
Jukka Perko (saxophone), Jarmo Saari (electric guitar), Panu Savolainen (vibraphone), Antti Lotjonen (bass) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums).
The second installment of her "Biblical Psalms" project was the double-disc I Am A Stranger In This World, which contains two sessions (august 2016 and december 2020) with Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Adam Rogers and Ben Monder (both on electric guitar), Christian Howes (violin), Drew Gress (bass) and the drumming duo of Nasheet Waits and Joey Baron.
The double-LP Lonely Man And His Fish (november 2021) is a concept album performed with
Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Ben Street (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Masaru Koga (shakuhachi and other flutes).