On her second lp, the newly released Urban Driftwood, Virginia-based guitarist Yasmin Williams creates expansive acoustic music. Playing guitar, kalimba, percussion, and kora, she pulls from disparate musical strands—including the smooth jazz she heard growing up—into music that feels spiritually connected to New Age music, Windham Hill guitar, and the work of contemporaries like Daniel Bachman (who calls her “a guitarist for a new century”), William Tyler, and Marisa Anderson, both whom she’s recently collaborated with. She joined us for a conversation about being a Black artist in a primarily white genre, how she taught herself guitar, and how she processes the “American Primitive” genre tag.Transmissions :: Yasmin Williams
Episode playlist: Yasmin Williams, “Urban Driftwood” ++ “Juvenescence”
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