By Joseph Knoop
It’s an odd pairing, but one the Indy community is bound to love in a performance featuring multi-instrumentalists Liz Fohl and Shannon Hayden at The Warehouse on June 20.
Fohl, an Indiana native now living in Los Angeles, has experienced a music career sprawling all over the American map.
Over the years Fohl has used her musical expertise to land frequent gigs and performances at places like Howl at the Moon in Indianapolis, a dueling piano bar rife with multi-instrument covers of audience favorites.
“They’ll ask to play something typical, and then the next minute they’re asking for Spongebob,” Fohl said.
Fohl’s musical style, which spans the gamut from solo acoustic melodies to highly produced electronica seen more in her commercial work, blends her multi-instrumental expertise for soulful explorations of life and the like. Her latest EP, “Old Trouble,” was released in 2014.
Hayden, whose cello training began at the young age of 7, first heard the instrument on being played on a recording The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and counts multi-instrumentalists like Bjork and Japanese noise punk artist Melt Banana as major influences.
“When I was 14 or 15, I started playing in bands with guitar and really started learning about improvising and writing,” Hayden said. “I hadn’t really expanded my cello into the world of guitar. At that point, I thought “You know, what if I use my guitar pedals on my cello?’
Hayden says she never turned her back on classical music, though, incorporating her training into her songwriting on a regular basis.
Creating her first album in college, Hayden has made a career out of “filling the space” in every venue she’s played in, including the Troubador in West Hollywood.
Tickets for the show, which begins 7 p.m. on June 20, begin at $20 in advance. For more, visit liveforthemusic.com.