Vi An Diep (pronounced vee-an, dee-ep), is a self-taught and independent musician whose skills, and talents lie within creating original music in the moment. Vi An's heritages are Vietnamese and Chinese, she arrived in Calgary with her entire family in '84 and became citizens in '88. Vi An started into her solo music career around '98, shortly after graduating from highschool. Vi An's performance experience began in an artist run gallery called "The New Gallery", where her inovative performances captivated audiences. In 2000 Vi An independently produced and released her first full length, debut album entitled "Rhythmic As Melodious", containing solo Gu Zheng improvisations. Vi An performs her unique talents and showcases the beauty of this traditional instrument, through street performing, where she is able to reach an extremely large and captive audience. Sharing both her love and knowlege of the Gu Zheng! Often found performing outside the Calgary Folk music festival grounds, entertaining the festival go'ers entering and exsiting, providing them a sort of intermission concert! Durring the summer festival seasons you can also find Vi An street performing outside of the Lilac Festival, at the Mosaic Festival and even on Stephen Avenue Walk during the Calgary Stampede, as large tourist crowds make their way to and from Stampede exhibitions! Vi An's passion and drive for performance led her to work with various dance, and theatre companies, such as, MoMo's Mixed Abilities Dance Theatre, and the Green Fools! Vi An's musicial involvement as a composer and performer in the Green Fool's production of "Dancing On Water" ('05), landed her and her musical colleagues the '06 BETTY MITCHELL'S awards trophy for "best sound design and original score for a play or musical" (sponsored by the Ship & Anchor Pub). Vi An continued working with the Green Fools in '06, in the production of "Crossing The Mediterranean", working along side composer David Rhymer. These productions by the Green Fools were series of shows produced for and showed at the Glenbow Museum as part of their "Voices Of Southeast Asia" '05 and "Egypt, Greece and Rome" '06 exhibits! Vi An also reaches out and shares her musical love and knowledge to schools, as well as taking part in new music and improvisation workshops put on at the University Of Calgary. She has been sighted at new music improvisation work shops a the UofC, improvising along side Mei Han and Randy Raine-Reusch (www.asza.com/mhr3.shtml) . Two of her most inspiring new music artists, whom Vi An looks up to and aspires to be very strongly! For much more on this artist please visit her at: http://www.myspace.com/vian where you can find samples of her original works and video clips of her live performances.