A short story:
Founded by Frédéric L'Epée in 2002, Yang is an instrumental rock quartet which compositions mix guitar counterpoints with a powerful rock pulse.Yang released its 1st CD “A complex nature” on Cuneiform Records in 2004. Formed by Frédéric L'Epée and Julien Vecchié, guitars,Stéphane Bertrand, bass and Volodia Brice, drums the group disbanded before the first concert.
Frédéric and Volodia invited the bassist Nico Gomez and guitarist Laurent James, whom Frédéric had already worked with, were to replace Stéphane and Julien.
A new Yang was born, and rehearsals began. As the new musicians were very different from the previous ones, titles have been reshaped for their playing, and appeared to become more and more powerful. On stage, even nu jazz style titles were rocking hard, so the evolution toward a harder music was obvious.
That is how “Machines” was composed: in one hand completing the repertoire for concerts, in the other hand creating pieces fitted to all musicians (contemporary music, contemporary jazz, metal, prog. metal, latin jazz, fusion and Eastern Europe traditional music).
After a two years hiatus due to (Frédéric 70's band) Shylock's return, Yang could go back to work on their third album "The Failure of Words", to be released beginning 2017.
Frédéric L’Épée : Founder of Yang, previously founder of bands Shylock (70’s– 2 releases CBS - Musea) and Philharmonie (90’s - 5 releases Cuneiform Records). Studied composition, orchestration, harmony and counterpoint at Nice conservatory, awarded 1st price of composition (1988). He teaches guitar, harmony and composition in Paris and Berlin.
Volodia Brice : Studied classical percussion instruments, then drums at Institut des Arts Rythmiques, Paris. As a drummer on the last Philharmonie line up he played on their last CD “The Last Word” on Cuneiform Records.
He has been the 1st drummer of the band Lord of Mushrooms.
Laurent James : Studied guitar with Frédéric L’Épée, obtained a license of musicology at the Nice University then leaved to the Berklee College of Music. Back from Boston, he studied harmony, composition and orchestration at Nice conservatory.
Founder of the band Lord of Mushrooms.