more from
Mahakala Music
We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

A Woman With A Purple Wig

by Eri Yamamoto

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $11.99 USD  or more


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Beautiful compact disk with artwork by Rika Yamamoto and design by Chad Anderson

    Includes unlimited streaming of A Woman With A Purple Wig via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      $13.99 USD or more 


Challenge 07:43
Shout 04:27


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.

Eri Yamamoto
May, 2022


released November 18, 2022

Eri Yamamoto, piano, voice
David Ambrosio, bass
Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
Rika Yamamoto, Bruce Barth, Ikuo Takeuchi, Rich Lamb, chorus on Track 4


all rights reserved



Eri Yamamoto New York, New York

Since moving from her native Japan to NYC in 1995, Eri has established herself as an original & compelling pianist and composer.

From 2001, Eri has been sharing her uniquely lyrical & evocative music on a series of beautiful album releases & in concert with listeners throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Africa, Jamaica, and Australia.

portrait by
Jimmy Katz
... more

contact / help

Contact Eri Yamamoto

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Eri Yamamoto, you may also like: