The group has an eclectic and musically diverse range of experience that includes World music, jazz rhythms and classical influences. Blue Dream spans genres, styles and has no pigeon hole. There is NO sounds like..
Fiona Joy Hawkins
Fiona has four award winning albums Portrait of a Waterfall, Angel Above My Piano, ICE Piano Slightly Chilled and Blue Dream. She has charted at #1 on the New Age Reporter International Radio Charts achieving the highest ranking in the history of the charts, been an ARIA Finalist, won the ZMR Album of the Year, Best Piano Album (twice) and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Best Dance/Dub/Club Album as well as winning the Music OZ Award for Best Classical/Jazz Artist in 2008. She has had over 37 nominations in Indie Artist Awards across 9 countries.
Fionas recent album Blue Dream was produced by Grammy winner Will Ackerman (Founder of Windham Hill) and has been released on the ABC label. She is the first Independent Australian artist to release a 5.1 multichannel super audio CD and will be recording a new CD for early 2011 to be recorded on a Stuart and Sons piano in Newcastle.
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 Im as proud of it as anything Ive ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold/ platinum records...Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records) Windham County, Vermont 2008
The mood on BLUE DREAM ranges from vibrant to sensual to haunting Hawkins stellar musical vision on this project is worthy of great praise. She wowed us with her 2007 release ICE Piano Slightly Chilled, and with BLUE DREAM Fiona Joy Hawkins enters the realm of masterful...Sandy Shore. Smoothjazzfm.com
Fiona Joy Hawkins is internationally regarded as one of the finest artists on the New Age/Ambient Music scene. Blue Dream (the album) 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
Will Ackerman has performed at The Imperial Palace in Tokyo, The Kremlin, The Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, Ravinia and Wolf Trap. Will is the founder of Windham Hill Records, the producer of artists George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story and Alex de Grassi and has received numerous Platinum and Gold Record awards. He has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone and People Magazine.
Wills latest recording, RETURNING, won a Grammy Award in 2005.
Ackermans pieces have that timeless introspection that has made his music so enduring. BILLBOARD
Fiona Joy Hawkins. Piano, Composition, Vocals
Rebecca Daniel. Violin, Vocals, Arrangement
Andy Busuttil Percussion, Wind Instruments, Vocals
Dave Ellis Double Bass
John Napier Cello
While at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Rebecca Daniel studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and the Amadeus String Quartet; and performed chamber music throughout the UK. After being invited to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra, she discovered the joys of Musical Theatre and was the orchestra leader for Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty & the Beast and The Sound of Music; she played in West Side Story and A Little Night Music.
She has performed, toured and recorded with some extraordinary musicians including John Denver, Bread, John Farnham, INXS, Anthony Warlow, Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand; and has also recorded many movie soundtracks, such as Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge. And now Rebecca is a member of Blue Dream with Fiona Joy Hawkins
Andy Busuttil is a renowned Australian transcultural musician. He has performed at major festivals and with many musicians from a wide range of genres. One of his most recent passions is in exploring the place of his origin, the Islands of the Maltese Archipelago. Andy uses this influence along with his improvisational skills on voice, clarinet, saxillo (hybrid clarinet/Hungarian Tarratato) and percussion with Blue Dream and the influences from street vendors and ghanejja Bormliza of Malta, to the sinuous wind players of the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia Minor and the percussionists of the Middle East, Greece, Macedonia and Turkey have found a new and welcome home in Fionas compositions.
"Musicians like Andy Busuttil are the heart and soul of music. Like all similarly besotted passionate souls , he plays, not for monetary gain or from a desire to feed his ego, but because he loves his music, he believes music is a common language that can bind us all closer together as human beings, and because he just plain bloody well enjoys it.! And he tries to communicate this passion and this sense of sharing and communication with his audiences in his performances. Andy may well be singing in Turkish, Kurdish, or whatever, but really he is singing in the common language of humanity - compassion, honesty, joy. What more can you want from music?"........ Eric Bogle
In a playing career which has spanned nearly 50 years, Dave has been a member of the Western Australian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Sydney Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, various freelance Orchestras, Jazz, Rock, Country Music, Cabaret, Experimental groups and now, the contemporary Flamenco group, Arrebato Ensemble.
He has played the Sydney and some national seasons of many Music Theatre and Stage productions, and has also played for hundreds of Record Albums/CDs, Film Scores Television shows and Jingles/Commercials.
Dave has performed in Concert and Cabaret with artists including Peggy Lee, George Benson, Antony and the Johnsons, Eartha Kitt, Al Jareau, Milt Jackson, Phil Woods, Sir George Martin, Tim Draxl, Julie Anthony, Val Doonican, David Campbell and has been Bassist for Maestro Tommy Tycho for more than 35 years, and now with Fiona Joy Hawkins in Blue Dream.
John has a doctorate in Musicology from UNSW, where he lectures full time. His performing life is extremely varied and has included classical, rock and pop gigs and recordings. He is especially known for his work with the Institute of Eastern Music and his improvisations with performers of traditional Indian music. He has performed in the U.S, Italy, Japan and India and has appeared with various groups such as The Mambologists, Southern Crossings, The One Extra Dance Company, and with Robyn Archer at the Sydney Opera House, and now with Fiona Joy Hawkins in Blue Dream
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