Tracy Yang



    Yu Chen Yang, also known as Tracy Yang, is a composer, arranger, performer and photographer from Taiwan. 
    Tracy was first exposed to music at the age of three, learning classical piano and violin. Throughout elementary school, she was introduced to percussive instruments such as marimba, vibraphone and drum set. All this training enabled her to own strong musical skills at a young age. Even though she learned several instruments, piano always remained her main focus. As a child, she took part in many school bands and performance competitions. She had the opportunity to perform solo piano at the Kaohsiung Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center.
     As years went by, her focus shifted from classical to jazz. This music gradually turned into a passion. Before coming to the United State, she had the opportunity to study jazz with many well known Taiwanese musicians such as UNO, Martijn Vanbuel, Toshi Fujii and Yu Wen Peng. She also performed in big bands, small jazz bands at various public events, such as NTCH Summer Jazz Festival in Taiwan. Based on her teachers’ recommendations, she decided to apply to Berklee College of Music.
    Tracy obtained her Diploma in Jazz composition from Berklee in the Fall 2015. During her time in Berklee, she has been greatly inspired by masters including Greg Hopkins, Hal Crook, Joanne Brackeen, Ed Saindon, Ray Santisi, Any Inserto and Simon Shaheen to name a few. She accumulated a diverse portfolio of writings for small groups and large ensembles. She has also started her own jazz quartet, which gave various well-received recitals and was featured on the Berklee Internet Radio Network (BIRN). In spring 2015, Tracy Yang received the Benny Golson Award from the Jazz Composition Department.
    Being also a professional photographer, Tracy's approach to music is deeply influenced by her relation to picture. She aims to convey a colorful image and story line throughout her composition and treats her music as painting.