July 25, 2008
Alyanya's Myspace biography only contains two words; "I Am", yet these sparse syllables manage to speak volumes about this bright young woman's enchanting musical direction. A native of Dublin, Alyanya first laid her hands on the ivory of a piano at age seven and has since gone on to study jazz at the Newpark College of Music as well as travelling the globe to showcase her music and art (didn't we mention that she also paints?) in such far-flung destinations as Australia, Rajasthan and Goa. Alyanya can often be caught teaming up with fellow singer/songwriter, and Making Waves alumnus, Jenny Lindfors to play as part of a loose posse of musicians called the Happy Gang. Alyanya recently lowered herself into the murky depths of our studio and met up with Gillian Quinn for a quick chat.