Yang Takes Music Down a Different Path – Evanston RoundTable | Start Classified


Musician and impresario Jeff Yang’s journey was long and unusual, beginning in Taiwan, where he was born in 1971; further in Seattle, where he moved with his family at the age of 8; and graduated from Evanston, where he received his master’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University.

He now owns and operates the Chicago Strings music store on Orrington Ave. 1642 in downtown Evanston. He is also a violinist with the Chicago Philharmonic and other ensembles, and organizes concerts with his nonprofit organization In the Realm of the Senses.

The organization’s website describes it as “a sensory arts project that is a symbiosis of artistic mediums that engage all of our five senses through music, visual arts, gastronomy, the arts of smell, literature, theater and dance.”

From a 2019 multimedia performance of In the Realm of the Senses of Mussorgsky’s famous piano suite Pictures of an exhibition, Third Coast Review wrote, “The experience of beauty through the engagement of our sense of sound, senses, smell, sight and taste fused into one cohesive performance piece was unprecedented.”

Yang will perform the Mussorgsky play on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Epiphany Center for the Arts on S. Ashland Ave. Repeat 201. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased in advance on the In the Realm of the Senses website. All proceeds go to Ukrainian charities. Doors open at 5pm for Epiphany’s “fabulous golden hour and pre-show food, cocktails and music”. More information can be found here.

Jeff Yang, who owns the music store Chicago Strings in downtown Evanston, is also a violinist with the Chicago Philharmonic and other ensembles. He also organizes concerts with his nonprofit organization In the Realm of the Senses. (Photo by Callie Lipkin)

To render the many instrumental sounds pictures of an exhibition Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, Yang will perform on violin, viola, cello and four different baroque recorders, and will be accompanied by Belarusian pianist Lyudmila Lakisova.

In contrast to traditional musical performances, Yang has invited a slew of artists to contribute their vision for the piece, including Galina Shevchenko, who will provide visual projections; Christophe Laudamiel combines “scented sculptures” with music; and the works of visual artists LIviu Pasare, Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, John Gaudette, Maja Bosen, Azadeh Houssaini, and Kioto Aoki.

“We’re going to be creating new content for this performance,” he said, noting that he’s enlisted the work of artists in film, stop-motion photography, animation, perfumery and more.

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