In 1991, with her husband, Yelena emigrated to the United States. She recorded her first jazz album, COLD SUN, in 2009, accompanied by drummer Peter Erskine and Danish bassist Mads Vinding. This proved to be a major turning point in her jazz career. Cold Sun was names one of 15 best jazz CD releases of 2010 at AAJ. From that point on, Eckemoff churned out compelling and focused jazz albums at an astounding pace; she has managed to build, over just seven years and a mammoth eleven releases—including her second release of 2017, In the Shadow of a Cloud.
Eckemoff brought back Erskine and Andersen for 2018's Desert, along with reed and woodwind master Paul McCandless from the band Oregon. Upon its release, the album was chosen by Germany's state radio station NDR as a jazz album of the week.