Yasmin Williams

Folk
© Kim Atkins
© Kim Atkins

The Tiny Desk (Home) Concert of acoustic-fingerstyle guitarist Yasmin Williams has garnered half a million views, which is unusually high for instrumental music! The delicate, soothing sounds, performed in an unorthodox way with the guitar resting horizontally on her lap and the right hand playing a kalimba every now and then, seem to have struck a chord in this moment of time. And the more you listen to Williams, the more astonishing it is that all these melodic and percussive elements are played by a single person – live and without a loop station! Williams’ manifold influences include the music of West African griots, smooth jazz and R’n’B as well as the soundtracks to videogames such as Guitar Hero. Even without vocals, the 24-year-old from Virginia manages to create narrative arcs, cumulating in Urban Driftwood, which won several awards in 2021.

Saturday9:00 PM

Yasmin Williams

Hauptkirche St. Katharinen