pianist / composer
A Woman With A Purple Wig
All of these songs are about my experience of the pandemic while living in New York City. I had never written lyrics or sung on an album before. But I was thinking about certain incidents every day, and for two of the songs, the lyrics came to me with the melodies like an emotional release.
The woman with a purple wig is me. To protect myself from the violence against Asian women, I had to hide my identity, wearing a wig, mask, and sunglasses. In the beginning, I was filled with fear. Writing this song helped me to regain my emotional balance.
I also felt I had to speak out about racial violence against all groups of people. We all need to stand up and work together for peace and understanding. This is why I wrote lyrics for “Colors are Beautiful.”
These songs are not about anger. I wrote them to encourage everyone, including myself, to see the world in a more positive way.
Originally, I assumed that another vocalist would sing these songs. But when I played my simple demos for my friend and mentor, William Parker, he said: “Eri, it’s your story. It will be more powerful if you sing yourself.”
I wrote “Ends to Start” because during the pandemic many things came to an end. But endings are not always completely sad, as sometimes they can give opportunities for new, good things to start.
In this unique World Premiere, East and West collide in an evening-length fusion of New York jazz and Japanese traditional culture, Eri Yamamoto has created an unique choral experience - Goshu Ondo Suite – which reimagines a centuries-old, revered Japanese tradition through the lenses of both jazz and choral music. As the charismatic voices of Choral Chameleon sing and perform the dance with the driving force of Eri Yamamoto Trio, the audience will participate and enter the flow with everyone, to create an evening of musical life no one will ever forget.