Artist Statement

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.


“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 eleven 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 Americana, folk-rock, swing jazz and gospel.


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.

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, Caribbean, 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.

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

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