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Joy Yang

Joy Yang

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Joy Yang ___ 杨洋 is a dynamic pianist and thereminist anchored in classical music, now focusing on jazz, free improvisation, and interdisciplinary performance. She is a performer-composer and educator. Dr. Yang leads her own jazz trio, and collaborates with international visual artists, video projection mappers, sound designers, dancers, choreographers, scientists, engineers and poets. Joy improvises telematically with the Ethernet Orchestra and Female Laptop Orchestra. Born in South Africa to Chinese parents, Joy spent most of her life in Sydney, Australia before moving to the USA to pursue her graduate studies. She is a native bilingual speaker in English and Mandarin, and fluent in Wenzhounese. Joy has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance (Piano Performance and Literature cognate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her first CD release was with Kuroshio in 2020, under Asian Improv Records.
    A third culture kid existing in liminal spaces, Joy continually broadens her musical voice and has released and performed in various styles as a pianist, thereminist, singer, rapper, song-writer and/or producer. These include: Briar Schlenker Trio (Free Improv/Noise), Valkyrie Trio (Women in Jazz), Almost A (Jazz/Gypsy/New music), UIUC Hip-Hop Collective (Hip-Hop), Boxout (Pop), Lifetime Member (EDM), Media Light Array (Grindcore/Noise), JA$$ (EDM Improv), Avant-Gardians (Free Jazz),  ViolaMPFREE (Interdisciplinary Improv), and The Interdisciples (Interdisciplinary Improv). Yang has received numerous performance-composition commissions, conference presentations and awards, including collaborations with: Jason Finkelman, Amy Hassinger, Cynthia Oliver, Jennifer Monson, Rudolf Haken, David Rosenboom and others. Joy seeks to inspire global community through full expression of the evolving self in sound and interdisciplinary performance.

    Professional Experience

    • Broadway
    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • TV/Film
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Master’s Degree
    • Doctoral Degree


    • Chicago/Midwest
    • Australia/New Zealand

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Music Assistant
    • Songwriter
    • Singer/Songwriter
    • Orchestrator
    • Dance Arranger
    • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
    • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
    • Music Transcriber
    • Sound Designer/Composer
    • Music Producer/Record Producer
    • Audition Pianist
    • Classroom Music Teacher
    • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
    • Rehearsal Pianist
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    Primary Instruments

    • Electronic/Computer Music
    • Piano
    • Synthesizer
    • Theremin

    Additional Instruments

    • Disc Jockey
    • Harpsichord
    • Keytar
    • Organ
    • Percussion
    • Synth - keyboards
    • Voice


    • Ableton
    • Digital Performer
    • Finale
    • GarageBand
    • MainStage
    • Sibelius

    Additional Skills

    • Theatrical Producer
    • Actor-Musician
    • Singer/Performer
    • Film Scoring
    • Arts Administration
    • Home Studio Whiz



    Person of Color?

    • Yes