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Yata Music Biography


“Joy” is what listeners often see and feel coming from Yata as he sings and performs the songs he has written; and he's written quite a few, many of which are on his ten original CD recordings.


Yata Peinovich began as a songwriter of love ballads while a freshman at St. Olaf College and over four decades has explored musical genres such a folk-rock, gospel, country and swing jazz.  Early in his career he formed Artesian Dreams with jazz guitarist Dave Peterson and classically trained violinist Jim Price and won a Minnesota Music Award for Best Folk Band, and were also nominated in the jazz category.


Next, he moved to Western Wisconsin where he began a family, continued to write, record and perform in mostly local concerts and community events.  During an appearance on Garrison Keillor's Talent from Towns Under 2,000 Show on National Public Radio's Prairie Home Companion, he chose an original ballad Wisconsin Waltz which naturally didn't carry first prize with a Minnesota audience.  Aunt Virginia said he should have played Music in the Outhouse from the Norske Nonsense cassette recorded in Norway.

Yata has a passion for performance, connecting with the audience from concert stages and outdoor festivals, to intimate venues such as churches and classrooms.  He also organizes several community music events and mentors emerging artists.

Weaving original melodies around the words of timeless poets and creating contemporary compositions from traditional sources, is his metier.  Mad as the Mist and Snow is devoted entirely to the poetry of William Butler Yeats.  He has also crafted songs from the lyrical poems of Walt Whitman, ee cummings, Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, William Carlos Williams, AE Housman, Lao Tzu and Biblical sources.

Collaborating with numerous talents in various genres he has produced a discography of impressive breadth.  Rockin' blues originals were penned over a decade resulting in the CD Mississippi River Blues recorded with powerful singer Michael Flaherty.  Reuniting with Dave JaVue (Peterson) of Artesian Dreams, brought spirit driven sound tracks titled Spirit of the Raven inspired by sources of Eastern philosophy.  Timothy Young and Yata offered a new trail into the wild realm of spoken word art with poem-songs on Snow Has Fallen.  Next, songs of wit, wisdom, humor and mirth were written with country poet Bryce Black on Sheer Caffeine.   

Nature Girl and the accompanying instrumental CD Imagination Nation were recorded over 90 studio sessions with Badfinger producer/bassist Mark Healey and feature contributing parts by sixteen acclaimed melody makers. These songs range from island calypso, Americana folk to Mississippi ragtime.

Yata, Sinz and Orfield (YSO), his current band, combines an alchemy of vocals, guitars and tenor saxophone.  Sue Orfield was voted Best Horn by the Washington Blues Society five times, and the Sue Orfield Band received the Best Jazz Band and Best Blues Band in reader polls in Western Wisconsin.  Randy Sinz started playing bass in his father's country band as a kid and continues to sing and perform in groups as varied as rock, blues, country swing and Americana acoustic.  

Each winter for the last fifteen years, Yata and his wife artist Jean Accola have traveled afar to be immersed in new cultures including Thai, Lao, Cambodian, Kenyan, South African, Moroccan, French, Spanish, Italian, Swiss, Norwegian, Mexican, Guatemalan, Japanese and Hawaiian.  The people, places and experiences are reflected in their compositions and expanding views of art, music, photography and culinary arts.

Yata and Jean live in a converted country schoolhouse in rural Pepin County, Wisconsin and enjoy every minute they can with their grandchildren. 



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Artist Statement

“Quiet the mind and render it susceptible to divine influences.”

The entire world within us is reality, at times more real than the commercial world we see.  If we listen to our dreams, the force of gravity is suspended, as in a Chagall painting or a Yeats lyric, and our energies may develop freely.


Discography & Reviews

"Y"                                                                                                                                               2014

“Y” Yata Why?

Yata is a multi faceted Western Wisconsin troubadour.  His songwriting which includes Americana folk, Mississippi ragtime, island calypso, swing jazz and celtic poetry can be found on nine prior CD projects.  He has a new surprise with his tenth CD release. 

“Y” is an 11-cut set that teams Yata with a band of young Nashville studio players.  All hands rawk and spool out infectious grooves.  World class drummer and creative producer John L. Richardson assembled a crew of Gen-X rockers and packed the songs with vivid arrangements and aural magic at Drum Farm Studio in Menomonie, WI.  The players welcomed the openly inventive atmosphere in contrast to assigned parts on Nashville productions.  They include Adam Ollendorf (touring with Kasey Musgrave) on pedal steel and multiple guitars, Adam Beard on bass, Jesse Isley on acoustic and electric guitars and banjo (both touring with Will Hoge), and Dan Sederstrom on harmony vocals. 

Richardson told Yata “write ten new songs for the project”.  Initially daunted, Yata embraced the challenge, and his songwriting led the way with globetrotting tunes written in Kenya, Barbados, Miami, International Falls and at his home in rural Pepin County, Wisconsin over the course of four months. 

As he's done on past CD's, Yata borrows poetry from the masters including Walt Whitman Song of the Rolling Earth, Lao Tzu and Isaiah Valley Spirit, AE Housman When I Was One and Twenty and ee cummings i thank You God for most this amazing. 

Two songs were written for his daughter.  A melody she innocently created at age nine was turned into a love letter pop anthem, Above Love.  Now twenty years later, he wrote One Hand Washes the Other on the same day his daughter discovered she was pregnant for the first time; a song about child birth and parenting.

The recording opens with the infectious Achin' for Love played with self-powered confidence and stellar musicianship.  Yata sings with the richly toned passionate voice of a man in his vocal prime.

“Y” is a fork in the road, a choice to venture off the old path in hopes of seeing new treasures and otherworldly heights.  Yata should earn a new audience with these songs, while his mainstay fans will be pleased to know he's still inspired by the muse.

Yata, Sinz and Orfield (YSO), his current band, combines an alchemy of vocals, guitars and tenor saxophone.  Visit www.yatayata.com for a performance schedule.

Why? … “Y” not!
Nature Girl & Imagination Nation                                                                                             2012

A trip through sing-songwriter Yata’s two new CDs is a tour through familiar sensations with new, mysterious delights.  One CD, Imagination Nation, is the fascinating instrumental version of the other—the spirited song cycle, Nature Girl. 
Once again, the ever-optimistic Yata Peinovich shares his unbridled love of life and wife through his lyrics and highly crafted music. 

Recorded in Yata’s home territory of Durand, Wisconsin by producer and bassist, Mark Healey of the classic rock group, Badfinger,  each CD is like a country road you haven’t walked in awhile. The songs are old growth melody trees simultaneously feeling new and fresh, like that first spring glimpse of a wild, Wisconsin trillium. 

The CD, Nature Girl, features Yata’s clear, tenor voice and his lyrical appreciation for the world he knows so well, whether a local river town or his ever-renewing love for his wife, as in the song, Cool, Queen Jean.  This song features the tasty slide guitar of Yata’s neighbor, Tim Caswell, and an edgy surprise in Yata’s usually polished vocals.  It’s a great credit to Yata that he can call upon friends like Healey, Caswell, saxophonist, Sue Orfield, and Howard “Guitar” Luedtke who rock various cuts with solos that ascend to the realms of mastery.  As long Yata continues to sing, write music, and bring together such fine players we will never be out of reach of the deeper expressions of life and love.

The songs, Del Mar, (Sue Orfield’s sax solo rolls like beach sex) Cocobutter, (it’s pure happiness) Nature Girl, (with a melody as addictive as maple sugar) and Go Slow (with its rum-and-coke pedal steel) come right out of Yata and his wife Jean’s winter adventures on tropical islands.  Yet, those of us who know his repertoire aren’t surprised when we find his optimistic social beliefs pouring through Imagination Nation or Rewrite History, where he asks us to “make the world shine.”  

As this CD continues, we begin to witness Yata’s mature soul.  Cellist Dean Langby gives deep resonance to two songs and amplifies that soulfulness. On first hearing Rise and Fall and the poignant lullaby, Good Night, Ian, my notes say, “This collection of songs is a rosary--with beads of beauty and optimism strung on a thread of sorrow, represented by the cello’s long notes.”   

The grinning Yata, however, makes sure we don’t swim too long in any sorrow. The CD ends with a good-time tune of small town Americana—Mississippi River Rag.  This song, with Yata in faux Louis Armstrong form, has the timeless feel of early American songs. While a tuba, clarinet and snapping syncopations support the fun-loving Yata, an eternal light of happiness buoys the listener and infuses us with optimism.  What a wonderful world—with men like Yata who give us their music!!!

The instrumental versions of these songs are collected on the second CD, Imagination Nation.  As I listened, I realized that this collection is the soundtrack of a man’s purposeful life. One doesn’t always need words to share one’s feelings and thoughts.  This CD highlights the melodies and the fine musical talents of Yata and his friends. The music is saturated with his friendships, his American philosophy, his drive, willpower, technical expertise, and his ongoing re-examination and reminiscence of the artistic life, his family life, his married life and love.  Yata is an artist whose loves are on his sleeves. They are in these vocals, these tunes and in the spirit of his generosity and we are lucky to have his gifts anytime we turn on the music.

Timothy Young, poet, St. Paul, MN

Comments

Thanks so much for the CD . I LOVE IT... dancing to Cocobutter and Mississippi Rag!!......Yata you are such a talented musician and singer. I'm so glad you have stayed with it over all these years.  You bring great joy to many...

MTG, Fargo, ND

Yata's music comes out of folk but is genre-bending, incorporating jazz, rockabilly, gospel, Americana and blues into his smooth, tranquil songs....Both of Yata's new records are heavily inspired by the natural world (in fact, the Chippewa and Red Cedar Rivers actually get a writing credit on Imagination Nation.).

Thom Fountain, music editor, VolumeOne, Eau Claire, WI






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Nature Girl CD



   Imagination Nation CD
YOUNG & YATA                                                                                                                  2008

Snow Has Fallen

Poet, Timothy Young and singer/songwriter, Yata Peinovich have collaborated to produce Snow Has Fallen—fourteen tracks of music and poetry. These two mature artists clothe lyrics with multiform melodies, driving rhythms and piercing harmonies.  For today’s listener, Young and Yata offer a new trail into the wild realm of spoken word art.  

            These tracks maintain the integrity of Young’s contemporary poetry and feature his gritty vocal performances.  Yata’s fertile garden of guitar sounds and his impeccable singing are highlighted by his melodic compositions.   A chorus here and there, a few poems transformed into songs, and a variety of emotional tones and poignant observations make Snow Has Fallen unique and accessible. 

            Bruce Hecksel engineered the recording and provides layers of musical solos, savvy accompaniments and deft productions.  Add an occasional confection from Dalyce Elliott’s violin, and this work reaches back in time and honors an attention to the natural world of Troubador minstrels while pushing ahead to the Twenty First Century.  It dives into timeless love and cavorts in a delight for the complexities of life.

            Share this poetry, these messages and the music with your friends. If you feel so inclined, review it for any of the various on-line venues, blogs, or paper publications.  Lyrics are published and available online at www.twoboots.net/poems.    


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Praise for SNOW HAS FALLEN

 

            For decades Timothy Young has pursued the music of poetry, while Yata Peinovich’s songwriting has consistently showcased a poet's sensibility. What luck for us listeners that these two heart-minstrels should meet and combine their talents in this deeply felt and richly modulated collection of poem-songs. Their unique delivery, equal parts rocksalt and honey, is as refreshing and joyful as a drive through Wisconsin's Mississippi River bluff country in late spring.
                                   …..Thomas R. Smith, poet & musician, River Falls, Wisconsin
                                                                author of Waking before Dawn,  2007

 

            We know that Timothy Young is some kind of rare Irish Tiger, semi-mythical, with a fondness for kindling and heading out of town before dawn. His poetry has the sharpened tips of a hunter, but he laces the stalk of his arrows with honeysuckle and brandy, so that we make ourselves willing targets. He is an emerging and brilliant performer of the spoken word, and carries something very ancient with him.
           
SNOW HAS FALLEN is a raw, deep and precious thing. Its top branches are singed by firebirds wings and its roots are in ancient clay. Sell the car, make love by rivers, befriend impossible odds-its messages take hold like a heavy wine your grandmother warned you about.
            Young and Yata are soulful outlaws giving away treasure from the Temple.  This CD is absolutely superb-My Heart is Your Home is going to become the anthem of some kind of new movement just stirring in the land. There is something new happening here, I sense trouble. Best record of 2008 I'll wager.

 

                ….Martin Shaw, mythologist, storyteller & musician, Devon, UK

                                                                author of  A Branch from the Lightning Tree,  2008        

          

            These are poems rooted in the realities of life; poems that do not flinch from the truth, but look deeply into it to find nourishment and joy. The best work here has both grit and shine, and recklessly seeks beauty among the scars. I love Pilgrimage especially, a terrific piece.

 

                                    ….Jay Leeming, poet & musician, Ithaca, New York

                                                                author of Dynamite on a China Plate, 2006
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BRYCE & YATA                                                                                                                2008

Sheer Caffeine  

“If you can't get up a head of steam... you're gonna have to make it on sheer caffeine.”

That's a line that Wisconsin songwriter Bryce Black says popped into his groggy brain "real early one morning" years ago, as he was desparately trying to wake up and rush off to his day job. Fortunately, that line stuck in his head and started percolating. Eventually it was brewed up into Sheer Caffeine, the energizing title cut on the eagerly awaited first recording recently released by Bryce and his long-time neighbor, friend and collaborator, Yata Peinovich.

Bryce & Yata's new release is crammed with 13 witty and thought-provoking original songs. They range from wicked social satire and irreverent whimsy, to the profound, heartfelt meditation "Loving the Questions."

One of the funniest songs on the album, "Mad Cow," (a moooving invitation to "express your inner bovine") won First Prize in the Folk Song Competition at the 2004 Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference.

Bryce’s rich bass voice is perfectly offset by Yata’s deft vocal harmonies and irresistible jazz/rock/reggae/blues flavored rhythm guitar work. Yata has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and was a member of Minneapolis trio Artesian Dreams (recipient of a Minnesota Music Association award for Best Folk Band).

This album was produced by Bruce Hecksel of the nationally known "Fast Forward Folk" duo Patchouli. Bruce is a man of many talents, who variously adds lead guitar, bass, banjo, keyboards, marimba, and a broad spectrum of percussion to these eclectic, imaginative folk/acoustic arrangements.

Sheer Caffeine
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Spirit of the Raven CD by Yata and Dave Ja Vue © 2007. Ten original songs.


Drawing on the great poetry and philosophy of the ages, Wisconsin songwriters Yata and Dave Ja Vue announce the release of their new original CD collaboration “Spirit of the Raven”. Dave and Yata weave into their lyrics the thoughts of culturally diverse thinkers such as: Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher; Chief Seattle, Native American leader; Isaiah, biblical prophet; and Wallace Stevens, post-modern American poet.


The ten songs on this recording open with “Valley Spirit”- a spiritual quest over a topography of mountains, valleys and prairies with Yata's voice echoing down the canyons. In the next song “The Man with the Blue Guitar” a dialogue takes place between an interpretive artist, and those living in a literal world. “Footyprints” is a cry for common sense and compassion for the environment, fully expressed in three part harmony vocals with Thea Ennen and Julie Patchouli joining Yata , while Ja Vue drives the song with his vintage Gibson guitar.


Bassist Randy Madsen and drummer Harvey Fields contribute colorful touches in the instrumental arrangement that accompany the transformation of “caterpillar, chrysalis, metamorphosis” in the dream song called “I Thought I Had Wings”. “Spirit World” describes how one can find their own peace even when science and scriptures cannot agree.


The title track “Raven” tells the true story of a young man who lost his life in the Gulf Wars, yet his voice is heard in a dream while reappearing in the form of a raven. “Spirit of the Raven in a young man's soul, I can hear his song, through the wind it blows”. The recording concludes with a 2500 year old poem by Lao Tzu which concerns the price of wealth versus the value of self in “Sidetracked”. The percussion work of Marc Anderson highlights this carefree and danceable song.


Ja Vue is a noted jazz, folk, poet guitarist as well as a record producer. His instrumental arrangements have been used to score a diverse array of programs from award winning documentaries on PBS, to the modern dance choreography of the Ozone Dance Company. He has taught guitar methodology, harmony and jazz theory, and writes articles on the “Origins of Harmony”.


Yata is a prolific songwriter, singer and guitarist, known for his skill in setting poetry to music. He coordinates the music for area events such as the Stockholm Art Fair, Laura Days in Pepin, WI and the Emerging Artist Program held last New Years Eve at the Mable Tainter Theater. He is a licensed social worker as well as a representative for the watercolor work of his wife, artist Jean Accola.


Dave and Yata began their songwriting careers in the 70's at St. Olaf College. They have made a commitment to producing original recordings with poetically derived lyrics, and presenting shows in a variety of musical styles.



          Mad as the Mist and Snow

  Mad as the Mist and Snow Yata Sings Yeats. © 2004.  Music by Yata.  Poetry by Wm. Butler Yeats.  Produced by  D. Griffith Peterson.

Review in Free Verse by Timothy Young
Mad as the Mist and Snow is songwriter Yata Peinovich’s musical homage to the poet, William Butler Yeats.  Listening to this CD has the same throat-catching thrill as watching an oriole drink sugar water from a hummingbird feeder.  Yata contorts and stretches his musical affections- sometimes upside-down, sometimes sideways, sometimes perched, sometimes fluttering like the hummingbird-and all the while drinking deeply from pure music and poetry.  This is a courageous task with a beautiful result.  The hummingbird poet defies natural laws by directly drinking from the spring of poetry and we expect that from great poets, like Yeats.  But when a musical oriole unexpectedly adapts the deep poems to his own bright and colorful ways, listeners are doubly blessed.

As a musical bird whose voice carries these poems from the tops of trees, Yata honors twelve Yeats poems with original musical compositions.  This is not a gravelly, Dylanesque collection nor a clever, chocolatey Greg Brown CD.  This is a CD of distilled colors, tones, and refined liqueurs with the old-fashioned sweetness and bitterness of old Irish theatre or blind, Breton troubadours.  As a labor of love, it began and continued over seventeen years and has culminated with this CD collection.  The music, with Yata on guitar and accompanied by his former Artesian Dreams mates, D. Griffith Peterson and Jim Price, hints of Irish folk music, yet it is a more timeless troubadour music that knows no ethnic boundary.  In fact, when Carly Harschlip sings the lead vocal on “Girl’s Song”, a haunting gift emerges from another world-maybe The Sidhe:
      And that was all my song
      When everything is told,
      Saw I an old man young
      Or young man old?

The paradoxes of time on which Yeats loved to dwell are also captured in the mandoin and tenor guitar work of Kari Larson, whose penetrating sols match Yata’s bittersweet vocals, especially on “The Lover Pleads with his Friend for Old Friends.”  When Yeats writes:
      But think of old friends the most:
      Time’s bitter flood will rise,
      Your beauty perish and be lost
      For all eyes but these eyes.
Yata writes, plays and sings as if grasped by that flood of beauty, and Jim Price uses his violin to give us the same delicacy an illuminator would give when using gold on an old manuscript.

There’s an old saying: “Death and Beauty lie in the same direction", and Mad as the Mist and Snow carries us that way with a quavering grace of which Yeats would be proud.  We are lucky to have this music available.  Yata has given us a musical opus of gorgeously loving art.

Review in Dunn County News by Deb Anderson (Menomonie, WI)
While Yeats, born in 1865, found fascination with Celtic folklore, reincarnation, the supernatural and mysticism, he also derived satisfaction from writing about human reflection, a link shared with his present-day contemporary.  It would seem his desire to have his thoughts given melody have transcended time, his enchantment with mediums having paid off after all. Capturing various moods, the CD’s tunes range from melancholy, playful, wistful, haunting and touching.




Review in Eau Claire Leader-Telegram by Pamela Powers

Kathy Stahl, host of “Spectrum West”, an arts and humanities program on Wisconsin Public Radio stations said she likes the CD because of its range of commentary on life.“Yata can do a lot of different things with his voice,” she said.  “There is such a tenderness and honesty in his voice.”Stahl added that he also did an excellent job interpreting the poetry and putting the lyrics to music that really fits them.
“The range of music Yata does is pretty incredible and that speaks to the depth of his emotional perceptiveness,” Stahl said.

                                                                               Mississippi River Blues


Mississippi River Blues Yata and Michael Flaherty.  © 2002.  Music by Yata.  Lyrics by Yata, Robert Burns, Robert Browning and William Butler Yeats.  Produced by Tim Caswell

Review by Billboard of Mabel Tainter Theatre by Gary Schuster
Mississippi River Blues was nine years in the making.  It came to birth along the backroad establishments and country fairs throughout Western Wisconsin.  Yata and Michael have combined their pure vocal harmonies with an ensemble of musicians from the coulees and hills of West Central Wisconsin to create a bodacious, emotional sound.  This album comes right out of the gate, rockin’ with Rocker Makin’ Racket, a slick rockabilly number with a swing backbeat.  The richness of this album comes from both men who draw from a deep well of experience.  The Mable Tainter is proud to present these veteran regional musicians in an acoustic concert that promises to rock away your blues and reaffirm the soulful messages of life.


Borders of Eau Claire, WI

Yata and Flaherty.  This rollicking blues/rock band promises to have your toes tappin’ in no time.


Mary, a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis

Your CD is so much FUN!  It is such a great movement and dance CD and it also makes me amazed at your prolific writing talents.  Wow.  Great tunes, and fabulous delivery.



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 Boy with a Pail, formerly titled  “The Near Future of the Far Pasture” Yata  ©1989.  Music and Lyrics by Yata.  Produced by Steve Tibbetts.

Review in Eau Claire Leader-Telegram by Chris DuPre

Yata lined up a major gun in the person of guitarist Steve Tibbetts, who records for the ECM label and runs his own studio. 

The ten songs on “The Near Future of the Far Pasture” divide fairly neatly on the two sides.  Quieter songs inhabit the first half, while the second brings in electric instruments and harder edges on some songs, quicker tempos on the acoustic tunes.

Throughout, the lyrics are thoughtful – occasionally sentimental (as in “Martha”, a ballad for a grandmother) and occasionally political.  Yata sings them in a tenor that would sound familiar to Dan Fogelberg fans, and he’s joined in places by two female vocalists for interwoven harmonies.

The core of the recording has Yata and Tibbetts on guitars and Marc Anderson on percussion.  On one tune, ex-bandmate (of Artesian Dreams) Jim Price provides violin, mandolin and piano, Michelle Kinney adds cello and Steve Kimmel plays recorder.  On “Wisconsin Waltz”, Yata is backed by Randy Sabien on violin and mandolin.The most fetching aspect of the tape is the three part harmonies, with singers Cisko and Kate Shaughnessy.


Review in The Alley by Steve Parker (Minneapolis)

Singer-songwriter Yata Peinovich has released ten songs on an excellent recording called The Near Future or the Far Pasture. 
The music is varied in kind.  There are love songs and songs of protest, there’s a meditation on a great-grandmother and another on a child playing at the beach, there is the saga of an aging rail worker, and there’s a lullaby.  The arrangements and accompaniments are outstanding and feature a number of fine local musicians backing Yata’s vocals. My favorites are the personal songs, tunes like “Boy with a Pail”, “Martha”, “Directions”, and “(The Wonderful) Wisconsin Waltz”.  I know that my preferences have to do with the way I like to remember Yata – as a warm, gentle, humorous person.  I like the way he sings warm, gentle, good-humored songs.



Artesian Dreams



  Artesian Dreams   D. Griffith Peterson, Jim Price and Yata. © 1980.  Produced by Fred DeVir, Peterson, Price and Yata.

Recipients of Minnesota Music Award for “Best Folk Band” in 1981.  Also nominated for best male vocalist and best jazz band.


 


Concert Performances


Mabel Tainter Theatre in Menomonie,WI -  Six CD release parties in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2002 and 1989.

Email from Glen a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis
“I’m still flying from Thursday night!  That was truly a dream come true for me to see you and the lads actually perform onstage.  I hold the Artesian Dreams album as one of the finest ever made, and couldn’t believe the power of the music live.  Well, that’s a lie.  I knew the power was there, but I had no idea you’d pull it off so beautifully!  My soul was fed the meal of a lifetime…”

Email from Pat from Durand, WI
“I marveled at the tremendous talent and energy that was spread throughout the theatre.  I am not kidding, either.  It was wonderful.”

Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio – “Talent from Towns Under 2000” in 1995.  Also, performed on the show with Artesian Dreams in late 70’s.


Concert Performances in Twin Cities


Walker Art Center, Northrup Auditorium, Met Sports Center, University of Minnesota “Whole Coffeehouse” fronting Tom Paxton and John Hammond, Jr., Williams Pub, New Riverside Café, Coffeehouse Extempore, Minnesota Folk Festival, Minnesota Jazz Festival, Guthrie II, and many more.

Other Concerts in Colleges and Fine Dining/Cafes

St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota-Morris, Somebody Else’s Troubles (Chicago), Blue River Café (Milwaukee), Acoustic Café (Eau Claire and Menomonie, WI),  Amazing Grace (Duluth), Stone’s Throw (Eau Claire), Blue Moon (Red Wing, MN), and many more.

“Yata is an entertainer of the first order, bringing life to the forefront through his witty use of music and storytelling.” 
Richard Thomas, owner of the Creamery Restaurant and Inn (Downsville, WI – rated Top 10 Restaurants in WI)