Indulge in the stirring elegance of Fiona Joy Hawkins, a stirring pianist whose music brims with heart and soul. Produced by Will Ackerman and Corin Nelson, this compilation highlights some of the most beautiful pieces from Hawkins' repertoire, showcasing her talent on the keys alongside an impressive roster of guest musicians. Songs like "Joy" and "Gliding On Air" are clear examples of Hawkins at her best, as the piano melodies flow in a gentle stream of blissful grace, while relaxed rhythms provide pacing and a hint of jazz in the instrumentation gives the music a snappy edge. Or "Flight of the Snowbird," with its aura of reflection and its sublime pairing of piano and strings. Guest artists on the album include Philip Aaberg, Charlie Bisharat, Jeff Oster, Dave Ellis, Jill Haley and many others.
A brilliant compilation of the best of Fiona Joy Hawkins, a masterpiece of new age and classical! The very best artists from the world collide to create Sensual Journeys. Masterfully produced by Will Ackerman and Corin Nelson. With Hawkins there is no 'sounds like', it is always pure Fiona! Dedicated to all our mothers: past, present, and our shared Mother Earth.
Fiona Joy Hawkins: piano
Will Ackerman: acoustic guitar, mandolin
Philip Aaberg: orchestral arrangements, keyboards
Charlie Bisharat: violin
Jeff Oster: flugelhorn/and more!
Flight Of The Snowbird
Gliding On Air
From The Outside
The Midnight Interlude
View From My Studio (Live)
"Always one of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre, Fiona Joy Hawkins is poised to move into stardom, we have only to watch to see it happen." Will Ackerman, Windham Hill Records founder.
About Fiona Joy Hawkins
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Fiona is a pianist/singer and composer who fuses the genres of Classical disciplines, Jazz rhythms and New Age discoveries. 2012 sees the release of LIVE at the Q and Sensual Journeys from this New Age favourite along with an ambitious tour of Australia and the US.
"One of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre Fiona Joy Hawkins is poised to move into actual stardom and we have only to watch to see it happen? Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records).
The family home was filled with music."My father played Jesus in the Tamworth Musical Society production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber's music was part of our lives." Classically trained as a pianist, Fiona'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. Fiona first began playing and writing music as a child and cites Ravel's Bolero as an early influence. "I played it over and over and deconstructed every part, I absolutely loved it," said Fiona. Other musical influences include: George Winston, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn.
An Australian ARIA Finalist in 2009 and MusicOZ Winner in 2008, Fiona has been a finalist in over 43 Indie Artist Awards across 9 countries. Her earlier album, BLUE DREAM (ABC Music), received the highest ever ranking in the history of the New Age Reporter International Radio Charts, debuting at #1 and then winning the ZMR Album of the Year, Best Piano Album and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.
'Fiona's Blue Dream album was 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 I'm as proud of it (and Fiona) as anything I've ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold /platinum records.' Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)
'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
'Hawkins enters the realm of masterfull' Smoothjazz FM
Fiona plans to tour the US in 2012 with pop/folk singer/songwriter. Two of Australia's finest contemporary solo artists have formed a partnership through their love of music and the 'grand' piano. Two Grand I'm Yours is the best of two musical worlds where genres collide, styles merge, notes fly and voices soar. A fusion of classical, folk and pop genres Trysette, the sensual enigma with the husky voice and Fiona Joy Hawkins,the elegant lady of ivory present their debut American tour.
'The performance enthralled the audience, left them speechless, the final number brought to a close a night of superb music' The Brisbane Jazz Club 'It was brilliant' Glasshouse Port Macquarie Australia.
Trysette and Fiona Joy Hawkins met in 2011 and quickly developed a mutual admiration for each other's music. They decided to tour with the intention of playing only grands, and havingjustcompleted their highly acclaimed 2011 Australian tour, Trysette and Fiona by public demand are now bringing Two Grand I'm Yours to America.
In addition to composing Fiona is also a prolific painter who has been exhibiting since 1997. Fiona incorporates original manuscripts of her music on the canvas to create bold colourful mixed media abstracts so you can hear and see her music.
"The idea of synchronicity has always intrigued me, colours, ideas and emotions all have corresponding sounds," said Fiona. "I believe in the power of music as a source of inspiration and a way of reaching people, and I can transfer a musical quality through my art to the canvas."
In addition to her four albums Fiona has released three albums specifically for the burgeoning itunes market: Music for Funerals, Music For Weddings and Music For Sex.
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