The Yaima Music Project
is a Cascadian Folktronic Duo
based in Seattle WA (2014-Present)
The YAIMA Music Project
Featuring Multi-Instrumentalist & Producer Masaru Higasa and Vocalist Pepper Proud
has often been described as timeless and unmistakable,
offering a balanced synergy of both the masculine and feminine expression.
Their melodious soundscapes showcase instruments from all over the world.
Inspired by the Majesty of Nature
their musings encompass the listener with driving and revitalizing organic rhythms,
transcendent electronic production,
warm soothing female vocals and heartened lyricism.
Their intention is to create a bridge between Nature and Humankind,
an expansive experience that encourages growth and graceful passage
for the hearts and minds of their listeners.
The name YAIMA emerges from two sources
one from the Mapudungun language meaning "that which water runs through”
and the other from the culturally preserved Yaeyama District of Okinawa Japan-
Over the last 5 years YAIMAs music has been reaching the ears and hearts
of listeners from all around the world.
R E L E A S E S
Each album has been created with intention
and acknowledgment for the elementals,
- Water, Wind, Fire & Earth -
as part of an Overarching Story
to reflect and illustrate Nature.
The Earth is replenished through Water (“Pellucidity” 2014)
Yaima’s first album “Pellucidity” is a beauteous and bewitching collection of stories that lead the listener on a journey through enticing soundscapes and floating melodies. Pellucidity means- to allow the maximum passage of light, to see clearly, as clear as fresh water in a mountain lake. Pellucidity was created for the water and for the peaceful being inside of us all.
The Water gives life to the Wind (“OvO” 2016)
OvO means “seed” or “egg” and stands for the point in time or space at which something starts- the next evolution. OvO was created as a concept album and carries the listener through the life cycle of a seed- the story begins in Winter, proceeds into the Spring & Summer, recedes in the fall and completes its cycle in WinterThe owl appears on the cover art as well as in the title “OvO” and represents the elemental energy of the Wind.
The Wind fuels the Fire (“Antidote” 2018)
Yaima’s third album “Antidote” was crafted as a pulsing and fluctuating expanse of soundscapes intertwined with the delicacies of human emotion. From start to finish this album is a portrayal of the element of fire, the dance of passion and renewal, the deep inner work of intention and the cultivated patience of devotion. Born of an ancient tune, layered in time - “Antidote” was written as a way to rekindle the spark of inspiration and new growth, the idea of transmutation and the power of transformation. These stories have come to life through the lessons and reflections written in the turning flames, wildfires, volcanic activity, the rising smoke, and by the warmth of the Earth's Heart. The Dragonfly is generally associated with Transformation, Change and Adaptability, Joy, and Lightness of Being. It is a powerful symbol of the realm of emotions, an invitation to dive deeper into what is felt, and a reminder to reconnect with Nature.
The Fire Rebirths the Earth ("One" 2021, "Two"2021, "Three" 2022)
Yaima's 4th Elemental Work is of Time- Released in three parts, The story unfolds in chapters. Part One (March 2021) is the story of all matter on earth and the nuclear energy that is and creates everything in the known universe. Part Two (Nov 2021) is the story of Human life on earth, finding our collective purpose and the inspiration that comes from each moment on the physical plane. Part Three (TBA) reflects the Earth as s being, and how everything inside is a part of the whole,
crucial to the Earth itself- as One Body- Our Home- Only the Beginning of what is yet to come.
A Sacred Moment, Twelve songs collected over the years, Ceremonia is Journey- A Recollection of the Past, Insight of the Present, Harmonic Vision of the Future. A Prayer for the Earth & For Humanity. Created with an intention to hold space for personal growth, and the exploration of innerworlds- through reverence, elementariness and simplicity. Ceremonia is the first fully Acoustic offering from YAIMA- Producer/Multi- Instrumentalist Masaru Higasa and Lyricist/Vocalist Pepper Proud - so blessed to have Bassist Jared May and Percussionist John De Kadt join us on these special recordings.
S I N G L E S
Citadella was written as a universal call for peace, love and hope. Inspired by the Citadella Monument in Budapest Hungary.
The Citadella sits high on a hill, overlooking the cities below as a guardian- calling out for peace and as a reminder for all those who gave their lives for freedom, independance and the prosperity of Hungary.
The frequency of true love is as hopeful as The Spring.
Yet love can be bittersweet as the complexities of being human obscure this simple truth.
When we are able to find Harmony, it amplifies and strengthens the frequency of love-
sending the vibration out to the earth to break down conceptual walls,
allowing us all to see with the eyes of compassion and unity.
The complete heart begins with a simple wish… to love.
V I D E O S
“Written in the WInd” Music Video