A seed is a star, a star is a seed. Stevie Wonder's cosmically aphoristic title could also describe pianist and composer Eri Yamamoto's Goshu Ondo Suite.
"About two years ago," she writes in the liner notes accompanying her momentous seven-part opus, "I was vacuuming my apartment, and with the rhythm of the movement, I began singing "Goshu Ondo," a traditional circle dance song from Shiga, near Kyoto, Japan." This is how the prolific musician channeled deeply felt resonances with various traditions, birthing her most significant and thoroughgoing work to date. The November 2018 premiere concerts were recorded, and now, thanks to Yamamoto's long-standing relationship with AUM Fidelity, we can all participate in the transcultural celebration.
Eri Yamamoto transcended jazz, classical and folk forms in creating her new work for jazz trio & 50-member choir. The Japanese-born, New York-based pianist & composer seamlessly melds biography, group improvisation and far-ranging compositional vocabularies in a momentous seven-part suite, featuring her longstanding trio in collaboration with New York-based Choral Chameleon, directed by its award-winning founder, Vince Peterson.
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