Fiona Joy Hawkins | 600 Years in a Moment

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600 Years in a Moment

by Fiona Joy Hawkins

Australian Pianist and Singer Fiona Joy won the 2013 International radio voted ZMR Best Piano Album for 600 Years. The album was also Runner up in the International Acoustic Music Awards and a Finalist in the Independent Music Awards.
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1. 600 Years
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2. Naked Love
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3. The Journey
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4. Earthbound
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5. Gliding
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6. Tango on Wednesday
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7. Running on Joy
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8. Ancient Albatross
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9. The Lost Ballerina
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10. Antarctica
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11. Captured Freedom
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Far from the shore, The winds will whisper,
600 Years and I will be home….

Once heard, one doesn’t easily forget Australian artist Fiona Joy’s evocative piano and ethereal vocals.
She is often referred to as ‘Australia’s Enya’.

After winning the 2013 international radio voted ZMR Award for Best Piano Album, 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. 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. Also a Finalist in the One World Radio Awards t for Album of the Year.

“One of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre, Fiona Joy Hawkins is poised to move into stardom.” Will Ackerman, Founder of 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.
600 Years in a Moment was recorded on a contemporary hand-made Australian piano (Stuart and Sons) with ancient instruments and travels sonically around the world from with the distinctly Celtic Flavour of her ancestors while combining sounds from other ancient cultures. Produced by Will Ackerman, Corin Nelsen and Hawkins herself, 600 Years in a Moment was also remixed into SACD multichannel surround sound 5.1 as well as on vinyl (double gatefold).
Only recently Fiona was introduced to Stuart and Sons Pianos after a move to Newcastle NSW. A friend suggested she visit one of his clients who made pianos nearby. “The Stuart piano factory was literally two minutes from where I was living. It was an unfortunate time in my life where for over a year I had no piano at all. Then I met Wayne Stuart who offered his showroom full of concert grands for me to practice. I felt like I had won the lottey!”says Fiona.
With over 50 awards around the world, Fiona has worked with T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Heather Rankin, Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax) and Rebecca Daniel (ACO)
“Hawkins enters the realm of masterfull” Smoothjazz FM.
For information contact sales@littlehartleymusic.com.au or for PR bethhilton@thebcompany.com www.fionajoy.com www.youtube.com/fionajoy
Earlier Quotes.
“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


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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Bypassing the illusion of distance
Come back into your house
It was expecting you always

"600 Years in a Moment" is a musical prayer. This music is a return to the past and a look into the future. The new album of Fiona Joy Hawkins is a real treasure.

The nature of her music is very feminine. It is filled with the celtic flavor of her ancestors. And it brings a special charm to Fiona’s music. But the artist goes deeper and includes musical traditions and ancient instruments from around the world.

The album "600 Years in a Moment" was recorded using a unique Australian Stuart & Sons piano. Its perfect and heartfelt sounding helps to unite all parts of the various instruments into a single whole.

"600 Years in a Moment" is an endless ocean of pure emotions. The tunes easily flow and all of them are full of the passion of artist’s heart. All arrangements are perfect. And this is not accidental because two musical sorcerers William Ackerman and Corin Nelsen helped Fiona produce this album.

The time flies swiftly when listening to this album. Many ages and musical traditions are carried out before your eyes merging into one divine melody. When all sounds subside, only infinite love and beauty remain. And your heart will be open and receptive, and therefore alive.

But all of the above mentioned features of the album "600 Years in a Moment" are insignificant compared to one. You will understand this music without fail because Fiona Joy Hawkins speaks the most understandable language – the language of love.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"600 Years in a Moment" is the much-anticipated new release from Fiona Joy Hawkins. From the stunning cover artwork to the very last note of the music, this album could stand as Hawkins’ magnum opus. Fiona told me last year that she felt that this was her best work to date. As much as I love Blue Dream, I would have to agree. The project was created as an answer to the question of musical “globalisation” with Hawkins performing on a hand-made Stuart and Sons piano (an Australian company that respects traditional piano building while embracing innovation) with an impressive list of supporting artists playing an assortment of ancient musical instruments from all over the world. Most of the twelve tracks are new music, but a few old favorites appear with new arrangements. The album was produced by the team of Will Ackerman, Corin Nelsen, and Hawkins, and was recorded and engineered by Nelsen at Imaginary Road Studios.

"600 Years in a Moment" begins with “600 Years,” a piece that combines spoken word (Fiona), Gaelic vocals (Heather Rankin), and a fascinating combination of instruments that includes piano, Irish whistles, wooden flute, Spanish laud, electric guitar, bass guitar, Irish bodhran, and cello. The voices are ethereal yet earthy, as are the instruments. Calm yet magical, it sets the tone for the rest of the album. The languid and sensual “Naked Love” features piano, violin, Mongolian morin khuur, throat singing, Chinese bawu, Hopi drum, Romanian bells, obsidian chimes, and Japanese Kubota. Eclectic, no? “The Journey,” a favorite, includes Charlie Bisharat on violin as well as wordless vocals, Egyptian water bottle(!!!) and electric upright bass guitar. A bit more uptempo than the previous tracks, it expresses movement and anticipation. “Earthbound” is the only piano solo, and what a fluid, beautiful piece it is - I love the sound of that piano!!! The smooth and elegant “Gliding” has appeared previously, but the instrumentation is somewhat different on this recording - another beauty! The instrumentation becomes even more exotic on the sensuous “Tango in Wednesday”: Hungarian tarogato, Turkish oud, Columbian tiple, African djun djun, tubano, doumbek, tam-tam, deer toenails(!!!),African cabasa, Tibetan tingsha bell, Middle Eastern riq, etc. I know what a few of those are, but only a few! As incongruous as the mix sounds, it’s an incredible combination that works beautifully! “Running On Joy” has appeared before with slightly different titles, but this delightful burst of musical energy is always distinctive with the sound of the Australian didgeridoo. “Flight of the Albatross” appeared on Hawkins’ second album and has gone through a variety of incarnations over the years. It’s still one of my favorites and appears here as “Ancient Albatross.” The piano really sings on this one! “Captured Freedom” has a much simpler instrumentation with piano, violin, and Irish whistle - a rather unusual but very effective combination. The whistle really brings out feelings of longing - lovely! “Forgiveness” closes the album with a gentle but very evocative duet for Chinese bawu and piano - another unusual but very effective pairing.

Fiona Joy Hawkins makes it clear on "600 Years In a Moment" why she has become an artist with an international following. Very highly recommended!

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Fiona Joy Hawkins' latest release is a world music album in the truest sense. Not only does it feature musical influences from around the planet, it was also recorded the world over, including Newcastle in Hawkins' native Australia; Los Angeles; New York City; Bremen and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Canada; and co-producer Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont.

Featuring Hawkins playing an Australian Stuart and Sons handmade piano, the CD contains a world-class lineup of session all-stars, including Rebecca Daniel, Eugene Friesen, Tony Levin, Jeff Haynes, Heather Rankin, Marc Shulman, Todd Boston, Paul Jarman, Michael Jackson, Phil Aaberg, and Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, among many others.

As always, Hawkins maintains her high standards of performance and creativity, with elegant compositions and accomplished playing that brings out their intricate beauty. The other musicians also provide excellent backup and support, without ever overshadowing Hawkins' piano. At the same time, Hawkins gives her cohorts ample space to embellish her vision with their unique, artistic voices. The result is a nice balance between soloing and accompaniment.

Those who appreciate fine, tasteful music, as well as aficionados of piano, can't go wrong with this disc.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
With the press release for her latest album, “600 Years In A Moment,” heralding it as “her most epic and significant album,” I was of course very much looking forward to it. And after hearing it in detail, I have to say that it definitely lives up to that lofty accolade. “600 Years in a Moment” was recorded using a unique contemporary piano crafted in Australia along with ancient instruments from around the world. Fiona’s concept is to bring instruments and their distinctive sounds from villages across the globe to explore the hidden musical treasures of cultures in a modern musical setting. The album is eclectic, acoustic, beautifully produced, and spans genres with influences of new age, jazz, classical, and world music, with the distinctly Celtic flavour of her ancestors. In addition to piano, Fiona also adds vocals on the album and has often been told that she sounds like an “Australian Enya.” A number of the songs begin with solo piano before being joined by other instruments and I appreciated that it provided a contrast and an opportunity to experience Fiona’s playing and melodic sensibilities on their own before flowing into a collective musical pool.

Reading the list of accompanists and instruments on the various songs, it might seem like the tracks could be rather busy, but everything is expertly mixed with just the right amount of subtlety to allow Fiona’s graceful piano to shine, while still providing melodic and textural support. “600 Years In A Moment” is a masterful mélange of superlative musical performance, stunning contemporary composition, and widely diversified cultural influences. Preceded by a string of award winning and critically acclaimed recordings, Fiona Joy Hawkins has outdone herself with this release and continues to set the bar ever higher in the unfolding of her creative potential.
To read a full length feature article on this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Sheila Geiger

Celtic/New Age Artist Fiona Joy Hawkins Celebrates Her Most Epic and Significant
Hauntingly beautiful work. One can just get swept away in the majesty of the music. I really love this music.