Naomi Yang

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Naomi Yang
Naomi Yang at The Scala in London in 2007.jpg
Naomi Yang in London, 2007
Background information
Born (1964-09-15) September 15, 1964 (age 54)
Occupation(s) Musician, graphic designer, photographer, filmmaker
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, harmonium
Associated acts Galaxie 500, Damon and Naomi, Magic Hour

Naomi Yang (born September 15, 1964) is an American musician, graphic designer, photographer and filmmaker. She was a member of the dreampop band Galaxie 500, psychedelic rock band Magic Hour and is half of the psychedelic folk duo Damon and Naomi. She has also made videos for a wide number of artists including Future Bible Heroes, Waxahatchee and Julia Holter.


Yang was bassist and occasional vocalist with noted dreampop band Galaxie 500 on all their recordings from 1987 until their split in 1991. She then recorded three albums and toured with the psychedelic rock band Magic Hour. Since Galaxie 500's split she has worked as duo with her partner Damon Krukowski as Damon and Naomi who have collaborated with notable musicians such as the guitarist Michio Kurihara and members of the Japanese rock band Ghost.


In 1989 Yang set up the independent book publisher Exact Change with her partner, who specializes in publishing 19th and 20th century avant-garde literature.

Graphic design[edit]

Yang has been responsible for designing the covers of all of Exact Changes publications as well as the sleeves of all of Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi's releases.[1] She has also done design work for a wide number of clients including The John Cage Trust.[2]

Photography and film[edit]

Yang's photographs have been reproduced in a variety of publications including Giant Robot

In 2011 Yang moved into film-making, directing and editing videos for a wide variety of musical artists.

Selected videos[edit]


In 2013 she directed and edited the short film Fortune which has screened around the world usually accompanied by live accompaniment by Damon & Naomi.

Selected screenings[edit]

  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University (2014)
  • Pop Montreal (2014)
  • Istanbul Film Festival[9]
  • Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle (2017)


In 2011 The Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA presented a solo show of Yang's photography and video.[10] She has also exhibited as part of the gallery's Sound on Sight group exhibition in 2016.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Yang is married to drummer and author Damon Krukowski.

Yang graduated from Harvard with a BA with honors from the Visual & Environmental Studies Department in 1986 and then from 1986 to 1989 she studied architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.[12]

Yang's father was noted landscape photographer John Yang.[13]


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