From San Francisco to Sundance
Reylon Yount ’08 made his Sundance Film Festival debut last month when traditional Chinese yangqin pieces from his EP “Sun 陽” were used as the soundtrack to Renee Zhan’s short film Reneepoptosis! Yount and Zhan met during their time at Harvard and both currently live in London where Yount is pursuing two master’s degrees in music and serving as the co-founder of Tangram, an artist collective that creates and curates new Chinese music. He also appeared as a featured artist on the Silk Road Ensemble’s 2017 Grammy Award-winning album “Sing Me Home,” making him the first yangqin player to be recognized at the Grammys.
Yount accompanied Zhan to the film’s premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland (pictured to the right). Reneepoptosis then made its Canadian and stateside debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival and at Sundance, where it won the Short Film Jury Award for Best Animation. Yount says, “I’m just so happy to be a part of the project, and to have the sound of the yangqin playing somewhere as special as the Sundance Film Festival.”
Check out Reylon’s EP “Sun 陽” here and visit his website to keep up with all of his musical work. Watch the trailer for Reneepoptosis here, as well as an interview with the filmmaker that includes clips of Reylon’s music.