Q&A Scene: Gyan

Tell us about your new single/album/tour?
We ran a successful crowd funder campaign for the new album, my first foray into covers, where I get to tip my hat to some of the greatest composers across many eras. Johnny Guitar was the song that led the way. Written and composed by Peggy Lee & Victor Young, it sets the tone for the album, the process as much an education as it was a delight to trace around such masters works. I naturally gravitated to love songs & that became a frame, hence the title, This Girls in Love, that even a love gone wrong song didn’t stick to. My partner Si Greaves and I, have a studio in Byron Bay where we recorded, cross-pollinating wonderful players from classical to jazz muso friends.

A lot of the songs also seem to have been in feature films but this was more serendipitous than premeditated. We’ve been creating several videos for the tour as visual accompaniment for the live show exploring the mixed media line we began with the collaboration with Leunig live performances where Michael would draw live to the music we made. It’s been a long time between drinks for touring some of the places booked so it’s pretty exciting to be visiting some towns after so many moons so we will be pulling songs from all my previous albums as well as the new one.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I am totally engrossed with the video art we’re collaborating with visual artist Emma Walker who is a dear friend and incredible painter. I had the idea of using a stop animation to the song The first time ever I saw your face, we’re we see the portrait come alive over the duration of the song but then Emma had the brilliant idea to reverse the process which makes the whole idea of eventually arriving at the blank canvas a declaration of love into nothingness, our connection.

And the new Radiohead album!

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Then waves in reverse
Maybe that’s all there is …(anonymous)

What, or who, inspires you?
Nature is my greatest inspiration as are the poets, authors, musicians and visual artists that have the ability to bring me home when I’ve drifted too far out to sea.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Moon River is GOLD. It’s total perfection as far as you can see. Composed by Henry Mancini with the lyrics by Johnny Mercer it conjures up everything good in my world and makes me feel happy to be in it.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
The sound of tropical fruit salad tossed in limejuice – ?

What’s next for you?
I’m writing a book/film an autobiographical tale of my coming of age.

What’s your scene?
Byron, surf, good coffee and tarot cards

About GYAN

With diverse awards including an ARIA, a Sydney Theatre Award for Sydney Opera House shows with Leunig, and short-listed by the Children’s Book Council, Gyan remains artistically true while maintaining a strong & successful career, parallel to, but never quite in the mainstream.

This year, Gyan is performing live shows to promote her new album This Girl’s In Love, her first covers album, demanded by fans & successfully crowd-funded last year.

‘totally original.’ Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald.

‘voice – excellent, arrangements – almost spectral, … as she pulls it back from the edge of cheese.’   Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald.

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