Yasmin Williams Live at Arden Gild Hall

Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Yasmin Williams brings her unorthodox, modern style of playing to Arden for…
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Location
Arden Concert Gild
Date
Thursday, May 11
Time
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Event Details

Date
Thursday, May 11
Time
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Upcoming Event Dates

  • 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Location

Arden Concert Gild
2126 The Highway,
Wilmington, DE 19810

Event Type
Ticket Cost
$18

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Description

Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Yasmin Williams brings her unorthodox, modern style of playing to Arden for a solo show at Gild Hall. Using various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping, her “radiant sound and adventitious origins have made her a key figure in a diverse dawn for the solo guitar” (The New York Times).
A native of northern Virginia, Williams, now 24, began playing electric guitar in 8th grade, after she beat the video game Guitar Hero 2 on expert level. Initially inspired by Jimi Hendrix and other shredders she was familiar with through the game. Williams’ influences include the smooth jazz and R&B she listened to growing up, Hendrix and Nirvana, go-go and hip-hop. Her love for the band Earth, Wind and Fire prompted her to incorporate the kalimba into her songwriting, and more recently, she’s drawn inspiration from other Black women guitarists such as Elizabeth Cotten, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Algia Mae Hinton. On Urban Driftwood, Williams references the music of West African griots through the inclusion of kora (which she recently learned).
Since its release in January 2021, Urban Driftwood has been praised by numerous publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Wasington Post, NPR Music, No Depression, Paste Magazine, and many others.

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