Yaz Lancaster (they/them/theirs) is a Black transdisciplinary artist. They are most interested in practices aligned with relational aesthetics & the everyday; fragments & collage; and liberatory politics.
Yaz performs as a violinist, vocalist & steel-pannist in a wide variety of settings including DIY/indie venues, contemporary chamber music, and steel bands. Their work is presented in many different mediums & collaborative projects, and often reckons with specific influences ranging from politics of identity & liberation to natural phenomena and poetics. Their ongoing independent studies/research is concerned with PIC abolition, intersectional solidarities, internet/social media culture and institutional critique. Most recently, they have been developing the pop/post-genre duo laydøwn with Canadian guitarist-producer Andrew Noseworthy; and working on new music for A Far Cry. Yaz has had the privilege & opportunity to build community in the US, Canada, Europe & Trinidad and Tobago—they have created with artists like Andy Akiho, ContaQt (with Evan Ziporyn), Contemporaneous, Donia Jarrar, George Lewis, JACK Quartet, Leilehua Lanzilotti, Miss Grit, Rohan Chander, Skiffle Steel Orchestra, Sound Off: Music for Bail, and Wadada Leo Smith. Their record of commissioned music for violin/voice & electronics AmethYst is forthcoming on people | places | records in 2021.
Yaz holds degrees in violin performance & poetry from New York University where they studied with Cyrus Beroukhim, Robert Honstein & Terrance Hayes (among others). They are also the administrative & management assistant at ETHEL, visual arts editor at Peach Mag & a contributing writer at ICIYL. Yaz loves chess, horror movies, & bubble tea.