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FOONYAP’s vessel for feeling 

The Calgary artist loops violin, mandolin and vocals for a unique and captivating distillation of indie-rock.

click to enlarge ANASTASIA MOODY
  • Anastasia Moody

FOONYAP w/BUDI and Special Costello
Saturday, July 21, 9pm (Artist talk 2-4pm)
Khyber Centre for the Arts 1880 Hollis Street

Calgary artist FOONYAP has been surrounded by music since her childhood, but it wasn't until she discovered the world of indie-rock that she felt comfortable using it to express herself.

FOONYAP grew up studying classical violin, and explains that the intersecting worlds of her Chinese culture, her Catholic upbringing and the strict rules of classical music came together cloud her relationship with music. But after leaving the classical world behind, joining indie-rock collective Woodpigeon and starting to write her own music, she says something changed inside of her: Music became filled with creative possibility.

She remembers Woodpigeon's Mark Hamilton sharing instruments and gear—"he nonchalantly bought me a delay pedal"—that were totally out of her then-comfort zone, but encouraged her to consider music as a vessel for feeling instead of something to be mastered. "All of a sudden, it could just be something that I could just relax into," she says. "I realized that people were interested in hearing your own creative voice come through, and that one didn't need to be an extremely educated, classical composer in order to make an impact."

Her debut, 2016's Palimpsest, was a long time coming—she worked on its songs for years, building loops of violin, mandolin and her powerful vocals. FOONYAP will be making her solo performance debut in Halifax this Saturday at the Khyber alongside locals BUDI and Special Costello. She's also presenting an artist talk at the Khyber earlier the same day, sharing wisdom and stories on how to turn your creative practice into a full-time career.

"My whole life, I had pushed myself and worked very hard," she says. "I was reflecting on how difficult it is for women, especially creative women, to have their own voice I know a lot of people long to make a living off of their craft, so I'll be sharing how I did that."

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