DEBORAH LEE YATES is an international touring sensation and Vortex Tribe’s elegant and regal leader, who thrills crowds with her spirited fluting and commanding presence. Accepted into her first symphony orchestra at the age of 13, Deborah was touring Europe at 16, playing piccolo with symphonic orchestras. Her classical talents earned her featured performances at the Brandenburgh Hall in Vienna, Austria, for Austria’s President, and a solo at Carnegie Hall. Deborah attended the University of Northern Colorado, on full scholarship, as one of the youngest students to be accepted into the Music Performance Program. Deborah has performed with symphony orchestras worldwide, musical theater, ballet orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo performance, and symphonic bands. She was a member of the Colorado Wind Ensemble, the Contra Costa Wind Ensemble, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, and the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Orchestra. In the Bay Area, she is a substitute for many local community orchestras. Her musical theatre work has included touring off-Broadway shows and included Carousel, Mame, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and the King and I.
Now Deborah has trained her sights on the explosive expressionism in Jazz, Rock and World music with the unorthodox approach of using guitar pedals and effects to enhance her sound. She played flute throughout Britain and the Bay Area, performed weekly at Jagz at the Station in Ascot, England, and performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, before piloting the Vortex Tribe around the world. She has just completed her third South Pacific tour – this season included the beautiful opera houses of New Zealand and the South Pacific. Deborah’s duet – Due Cuori has been performing regularly and recently opened for the great Al DiMeola in Los Angeles. Her last album, Avenger, was a Due Cuori release on TwoHearts Records featuring Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Stickmen), and Marquinho Brasil (Mariah Carey). She tours and performs with amazing performers including Jon Mulvey and Stuart Hamm both of Joe Satriani and Prairie Prince from The Tubes. She also performed, toured and recorded for years with Mingo Lewis of Return to Forever and Santana.
Deborah is at home in the corporate conference rooms as she is on stage. Combining her business strategy background and love of music, she has formed TwoHearts Entertainment with international locations. TwoHearts specializes in high quality instrumental music, education and music business/strategy. Deborah holds a BA in Music Performance, a BSc in Computer Science, a MMSc in Management of Information, and a PhD in Information Systems. She is currently completing a ‘Conducting Your Music Business Strategy’ a publication which will be available late 2013.
As of early 2013, Deborah is in the studio recording her first solo record, Warrior Queen which will feature all original world music celebrating women warrior queens from ancient civilizations. This project will feature global flutes, piccolo, oboe, english horn, harp, cello, percussion and rhythm sections. Deborah is endorsed with RS Berkeley and performs on their Volare flutes and Applied Microphone Technology using their wireless flute mics.