March 5th, 2020 7pm Stage 3
Yify (ee-fee) is an artist of cinematic alternative music. Her sound is atmospheric and blends electronic acoustics with personal songwriting. As IndieGuru describes, “Combining classical compositions, electronic production, and a songwriting style that feels all too personal, Yify Zhang creates a raw, lush sound that feels like collaboration between a film composer, a pop artist, and a singer-songwriter.”
Born in the metropolis of Beijing, Yify began her musical journey on the violin at the age of five and pursued a degree in violin performance. A spinal injury in the neck however, prevented a profession in classical violin. It was around this time that she dove into composition and songwriting.
Yify released her debut EP Vagrant Bird in 2018, followed by the singles Waste and Get Out. She is gearing up to release an EP in 2020, followed by new works. She is a regular performer with Sofar Sounds, Rockwood Music Hall, Museum of Chinese in America, Pianos, Bitter End, Pine Box Rock Shop, and other local NYC venues; she was a showcase performer at the 2019 Mondo Industry Showcase in NYC.
She has been featured by Vents Magazine, CelebMix, IndieGuru, AVA Live Radio, York Calling, and other indie music publications and playlists.
Inspired by a range of artists from songwriters such as Sara Bareilles, Sia, and Bon Iver to instrumental composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm, and Olafur Arnalds, Yify makes music to heal herself, and along the way she hopes others as well.