Tune-Yards (stylized as tUnE-yArDs) is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, and vocals, in addition to electric bass played by Nate Brenner.
Garbus was born in 1979 and was raised in New York and in New Canaan, Connecticut.She attended Smith College. She was a puppeteer for the Sandglass Theater in Vermont and lived in Montreal where she played ukulele in the band Sister Suvi with guitarist Patrick Gregoire and drummer Nico Dann. After releasing her first Tune-Yards album in 2009, she moved to Oakland, California, where her partner in Tune-Yards, Nate Brenner, also lives.
Article on Scène 1425 by Nicolas Roy: http://www.scene1425.com/fr/magazine/tune-yards-et-sylvan-esso-au-latulipe-rythmes-prismacolors