“Perhaps not since the arrival of Michael Hedges has there been such a bold acoustic innovator. Remember her name: Yasmin Williams has arrived.” - Pete Brown, Vintage Guitar Magazine
"Williams's music transcends the standard idea of what a guitarist should do." - NPR Music
"In general, the music is peaceful, calming, relaxing, thoughtful, and uplifting. Williams playing is confident and beautiful. This is a creative and enjoyable acoustic guitar album that will blow your mind and sooth your musical soul!" - ChalkedUp Reviews
"If only we could supplant gun violence in America with the beauty of Yasmin’s music.” - U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly
"Yasmin Williams, who strummed, drummed and plucked her acoustic guitar to create a plethora of sound, created the effect of multiple instruments playing at once." - Washington Square News
"I've listened to literally hundreds of fingerstyle players since I first heard Leo Kottke and John Fahey in 1969. There are so many talented players, but few have amazed me to degree you have. Ever since Michael Hedges came on the scene there has been a flood of two handed tappers but few with the ability to create compelling compositions. I believe you have potential that exceeds even your astounding technical abilities." - Fan message
"Watching NYU senior Yasmin Williams perform is mesmerizing. Her music is gorgeously mellow and rhythmic, but the most captivating part of her performance is the way she plays the guitar." - studybreaks.com
Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Her music has been commonly described as refreshing, relaxing, and unique and has been called some of the most imaginative guitar music out today. She utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping in her music to great effect. She has won various local talent shows, was a finalist in the Rolling Stones Young Gun guitar competition, was the Grand prize winner of New York University's Ultra Violet Live talent show, and won the grand prize in Culpeper Has Talent. She was recently featured on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday show.
She grew up in northern Virginia where various genres of music from smooth jazz to hip-hop were played in her household. She was introduced to the guitar after playing the video game Guitar Hero 2 and became interested in playing the guitar in 2009. She begged her parents to buy her a real electric guitar and once she received her first guitar and amplifier, she taught herself how to play the guitar by ear. After a few years of playing the electric guitar, she taught herself how to play the bass guitar, 12 string guitar, and classical guitar before eventually deciding to switch her focus to the acoustic guitar because of the instrument's versatility. While in high school, she released her first EP Serendipity in 2012, which she recorded and mixed herself.
She graduated from New York University with a BM in Music Theory and Composition in December 2017. Her first album, Unwind, was released on May 4, 2018 and is available on all major streaming services and Bandcamp. The album has charted highly on several Amazon and iTunes charts including top paid albums, and charted at #15 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
Photographer: Michael Greenberg
Musician: Yasmin Williams