Fiona Joy Hawkins : Associate Artist
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Fiona Joy (formerly known as Fiona Joy Hawkins) is a composer, pianist and singer whose music is best described as 'transcultural instrumental' (or Celtic New Age).
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, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Rebecca Daniel (ACO) 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 tours as a solo artist or with the Blue Dream Ensemble. Members include vocalist and vViolinist Rebecca Daniel (ACO), cellist Dr John Napier, flutist Sherry Finzer, wind/percussionist Paul Jarman and Mongolilan throat singer and Moran Kur player, Bukhu. Recently the group played at the MusicOZ Awards at the Sydney Opera House and are touring China in 2015.
Fiona Joy has been named Best new Age Artist for 2013 and was runner-up for Best Instrumental Song in the International Acoustic Music Awards. After touring extensively in the US and Australia, Fiona earned a nomination, along with Pete Seeger, for Best LIVE Performance album in the Independent Music Awards. She was also a Finalist in the One World Radio Awards for Album of the Year. In May 2014, Fiona played at the ZMR New Age Music Awards in New Orleans as a finalist for the Best Piano, Best Instrumental and Album of the Year.
Fiona Joy was an ARIA Finalist in 2009 for Best World Music Album, IMA Finalist for Best LIve Performance Album, and winner of the 2008 MusicOz Awards for Best Jazz or Classical Artist. She also won Best Piano NAR Lifestyle Music Awards 2006 and Best Dance Dub/Club 2008. Her 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 in 2010. Fiona has over 43 Awards and nominations across 9 countries.
Fiona has had the good fortune to work with many incredible artists including Will Ackerman, Luka Bloom, T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel) Heather Rankin (Rankin Family), Jeff Haynes (Pat Methany), Eugene Freisen (Paul Winter Consorte), Paul Jarman, Dave Ellis, Rebecca Daniel (ACO) and world renowned Mongolian Throat singer Bukhu as well as many other accomplished musicians.
'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', said Will Ackerman.
Albums by Fiona Joy include Portrait of a Waterfall, Angel Above My Piano, Ice - Piano Slightly Chilled, Blue Dream, Music for Massage, Sensual Journeys, LIVE at the Q, Christmas Joy, and 600 Years in a Moment.
Fiona Hawkins — current to May 2014