Eri Yamamoto, Pianist/Composer
Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz’s most original and compelling pianists and composers. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has said, “My hat’s off to her… already she’s found her own voice.”
During the past twenty-six years, Eri has been sharing her uniquely lyrical and evocative music with listeners in New York City, throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Africa, Jamaica, and Australia; with appearances in concerts, clubs, and major festivals.
In 2018 Eri premiered the Goshu Ondo Suite, an extended work for chorus and her trio. The suite is based on a traditional circle dance song from Shiga, Japan, and draws on the music of many cultures, including Japanese folk music, American jazz, gospel, and blues; and even Congolese Drum rhythms. The live record has received popular and critical acclaim, receiving 4-star reviews, and being chosen among the top recordings of 2019.
Eri has also been collaborating with such creative and celebrated musicians as William Parker, Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake, Federico Ughi, Yves Leveille and Paul McCandless. Eri has appeared on several William Parker recordings, including a solo piano CD of his original compositions. and has performed in the U.S. and throughout the world with his groups.