Fiona Hawkins : Associate Artist
Fiona Joy Hawkins is a composer and pianist whose music is best described as 'transcultural instrumental'. An ARIA Finalist in 2009 for Best World Music Album and winner of the 2008 MusicOz Awards for Best Jazz or Classical Artist, Hawkins also won Best Piano NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2006 and Best Dance Dub/Club 2008, and has been a finalist in over 37 Indie Artist Awards across nine countries. Her latest album, Blue Dream, received the highest ever ranking in the history of the New Age Reporter International Radio Charts, debuting at #1, and went on to win the ZMR Album of the Year, Best Piano Album and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Fiona Hawkins now has over 43 Awards and nominations across nine countries.
Crossing genres from classical to jazz rythms, world influences and New Age mysticism, Hawkins has had the good fortune to work with many incredible artists including Will Ackerman, Luka Bloom, T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Heather Rankin (Rankin Family), Jeff Haynes (Pat Methany), Eugene Freisen (Paul Winter Consorte), Paul Jarman, Dave Ellis, Rebecca Daniel and world-renowned Mongolian throat singer Bukhu.
Fiona Hawkins first began playing and writing music as a child and cites Ravel's Bolero as an early influence. 'I played this over and over and deconstructed every part, I absolutely loved it', said Fiona. Other musical influences include: George Winston, Michael Nyman, Chopin and Mendelssohn. Classically trained as a pianist, Hawkins's music is thematic and melodic. With a keen eye on film she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images and emotions and tells a story.
Discovered by Will Ackerman in 2008 after winning Album of the Year in the NAR Awards on a keyboard, Fiona Hawkins had the opportunity to travel to Vermont to record an album at Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios.
'Fiona Joy Hawkinsʼ Blue Dream began as the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known. Blue Dream is unique and Iʼm as proud of it (and Fiona) as anything Iʼve ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold and platinum records.' (Will Ackerman, founder Windham Hill Records, Windham County, Vermont 2008)
'Blue Dream represents the very best of this music genre and follows in the great tradition of artists such as George Winston. This beautifully crafted album has already been hailed in the US as a work of pure genius.' (ABC Music Australia)
Fiona Hawkins's discography includes: Portrait of a Waterfall, Angel Above My Piano, Ice - Piano Slightly Chilled, Blue Dream, Music for Massage.
Fiona Hawkins — current to February 2011