New Music: The Sound – Matt Epp & Faouzia

New Music: The Sound – Matt Epp & Faouzia

Mentor Matt Epp and Young Performer Faouzia from our Stingray Young Performers Program collaborated on a new song “The Sound”.

Every year the Winnipeg Folk Festival presents the Stingray Young Performers Program during the weekend of the festival. Budding musicians from across Canada and the U.S. spend the first day with mentors, chosen from the festival line up, writing and working on their songs and on the second day the participants perform for the festival audience at the Shady Grove stage.

During the 2016 festival, Winnipeg-based musician Matt Epp accepted the offer to be a mentor. “I've always had a special interest in discovering new artists and seeing the advancement of the next line of songwriters and performers,” said Epp.

Epp didn’t know he’d find a new collaboration when he met 16-year-old singer/songwriter, Faouzia who was taking part in the program looking to hone her skills. Faouzia was born in Morocco and raised in the rural town of Carman, Manitoba.

Taking part in the Stingray Young Performers Program taught Faouzia a lot about working and connecting with other musicians and industry professionals.

“I got to sit down and hear everyone share their stories and hear them play their songs which only made me realize how rich and diverse the musical world is,” said Faouzia. “I also learned a lot more about the business side of the music industry and I got to hear agents speak about how to contact those that will get you further in your career and strategies to do so as well.”

Once you listen to the song you’ll realize that these two are a perfect musical match, we hope you enjoy!

The Stingray Young Performers Program is one of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s community programs. Funding for these community programs comes from Folk Fest in the City, a night of food, fun and music held annually. This year Folk Fest in the City will take place at The Fairmont Winnipeg on November 25, more information and tickets available here.


The Sound – Matt Epp & Faouzia

While Matt Epp is on tour in Germany, he receives an email from his 18 month old daughter, who he has been writing to since she was a newborn. The email from her reads "What sound does a longing heart make?” In a hotel bathroom in Bielefeld, he tearfully writes the chorus of this song.

Fast forward a few months to the hot July sun beating down on the back of the prairies. Manitoba native Matt Epp is assigned as mentor to a group of talented young performers just days before he performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Among the participants in the program is Moroccan-born, Manitoba-based Faouzia Ouiyha, who has just turned sixteen years old. Faouzia (who performs under her first name) is a quickly rising star in the province. Perhaps unlikely kindred spirits, Epp and Ouiyha form a quick friendship, and before long they find that their differences lend themselves to a rich collaboration. Ouiyha picks up where Epp leaves off, and they finish the song together.


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