Yale Evelev

Yale Evelev

President and co-owner, Luaka Bop (US)

Yale Evelev is the President and co-owner of the record label Luaka Bop, which he has been running with David Byrne since the early 90s. He has  released and executively produced more than 85 albums, including Os Mutantes, Tom Ze, Kings Go Forth, William Onyeabor, Tim Maia, Zap Mama, Shugie Otis, David Byrne, and many more. Recently he co-produced the “Atomic Bomb! Who is Wiliam Onyeabor?” concert series, featuring guests such as David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Amadou & Mariam, Pharoah Sanders, Dev Hynes, and members of Beastie Boys, LCD Sondsystem, Hot Chip, The Rapture, DeadPrez, etc. Before Luaka Bop, he was at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, producing and programing a music festival called New Music America, which presented 500 musicians all over New York in 25 venues, including David Lynch’s “Industrial Symphony”,  The World Sax Quartet, for the first time together with African Drummers, the Butthole Surfers, Conlon Nancarrow, Heiner Muller, the return to NYC of the legendary composer Moondog and David Byrne. He also independently produced a series of concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, such as “Once Upon A time In The East Village” (John Zorn plays and arranges the music of Ennio Morricone); Red Hot and Riot (The Music of Fela Kuti) with Amadou and Mariam, Jose Gonzalez; and “Red Hot and Rio”  (The Music of Jorge Ben and Tim Maia) with Bebel Gilberto, Otto and the Harlem Samba School Ensemble. From about 1983 till 1990 he ran ICON Records and produced albums by Scott Johnson’s “John Somebody”, John Zorn’s “The Big Gundown” and artists from Java, Sunda, South Africa and Los Angeles.  In the early 1980s, he was the director of promotion at New Music Distribution Service, where he worked with independent releases by Phil Glass, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, John Cage, Sonic Youth, Cecil Taylor and 10,000 others.