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Blue Dream

by Fiona Joy Hawkins

Fiona Joy Hawkins: "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." Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)
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2. Feeling Sunshine
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3. From the Outside
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4. Sapphire Interlude
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5. Standing Up
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6. Cerulean Interlude
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7. Blue Dream
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8. Lilac Interlude
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9. Contemplating
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10. Sunrise At Ularu
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11. Samite's Interlude
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12. Song Phonique
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13. Indigo Interlude
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14. The Void
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15. Turquoise Interlude
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16. Voice of Angels
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17. Cobalt Interlude
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18. Prelude to a Painting
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19. The Midnight Interlude
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20. Moving On
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21. Azure Interlude
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22. Somewhere
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Blue Dream is a 70 minute suite of music written by Fiona Joy Hawkins, produced by Grammy winner Will Ackerman (Founder of Windham Hill Records) and recorded at Imaginary Road Studios on a Steinway B.

Featuring guest performances by Luka Bloom, this album goes from quiet contemplative piano to full orchestral, to world sounds, rhythms, jazz influences and back again to the perfect “Bach” moment – all in a breath. Blue Dream can best be described as World Fusion Piano.

An exquisitely captivating musical journey from start to finish. Vibrant, Sensual, Haunting. Blue Dream is an unforgettable magic carpet ride into the heavens. I am so proud to have been a part of Fiona’s special world....” T-Bone Wolk, Producer Arranger (Hall and Oates)

Fiona Joy Hawkins is an Australian Composer and Pianist who crosses genres. From
Contemporary Classical, to World, Jazz and New Age, her four albums have claimed many International awards and are available in most records stores in Australia and the US.

After charting at #1 on the World New Age Radio Charts (across 9 countries) for all her releases to date, she took out the prized Best Piano Album in the NAR Lifestyle Music Awards in 2006 and made the finals in two genres for the LA Music Awards in 2007. Also, a finalist five times in the MusicOZ Awards and winner of a Piano Heaven Award (for being one of the top 30 Best ever piano albums), she hopes that Blue Dream will be the album to really break through Internationally.

“Fiona Joy Hawkins plays with great imagination and beauty. Every measure of this sensitive recording is carefully considered, it takes the listener on a wonderful journey” Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering

As well as Luka Bloom and Will Ackerman, Blue Dream includes performances from some of the best instrumental artists in the world including T-Bone Wolk (Hall and Oates), Heather Rankin (The Rankin Family), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter) and Jeff Haynes (Pat Methany) and many more.


\"Fiona Joy Hawkins’ 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. The scope of what we contemplated in the beginning was so vast as to be nearly paralyzing, but with Fiona’s talent, both as a composer and player, and a group of musicians of world-class caliber, a 67:50 suite of music resulted. The music itself spans a broad range of styles and ethnicities and yet (though we didn’t know whether we’d succeed until the very end) is magically cohesive. It works! Never has
faith been more rewarded. In the process we restored meaning to a word which has been sorely abused; 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 and platinum records.\"

Will Ackerman
Windham County, Vermont
2008


For more info: www.myspace.com/fionajoyhawkins or http://www.youtube.com/user/fionajoy or www.fionajoyhawkins.com.au


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Sandy Shore

SmoothJazz.com Review
I listened to this beautiful album frequently while I was at sea sailing around South America. It brought me both peace and comfort… as well as depth and profound inspiration. BLUE DREAM is a 70-minute suite of piano music written by Australia’s Fiona Joy Hawkins and produced by Grammy Award-winning artist and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman. His credentials alone should have you hitting the buy button. Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios on a Steinway B featuring special guest Luka Bloom, the artist’s musical style is described as “World Fusion Piano” and it is truly alluring and captivating. 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. The most compelling thing about this project is its almost gravity-defying continuity as it moves through 22 tracks, all of them with unique ideas and styles, yet all blending flawlessly. BLUE DREAM is aptly titled and highly recommended for your personal Time Outs.

tanya

Really that amazing
Blue Dream is really, quite simply, the meaning of the word "a m a z i n g ."

michael potts

Transportational
I am an acoustic guitarist that has discovered the beauty of the piano through this beautiful album. Headphones on and lights down low, the entire album transported me to another place that I didn't want to leave when it was over. Fortunately all I have to do is hit the play button again, and again, and again.

Sandy Shore

SmoothJazz.com Review
I listened to this beautiful album frequently while I was at sea sailing around South America. It brought me both peace and comfort… as well as depth and profound inspiration. BLUE DREAM is a 70-minute suite of piano music written by Australia’s Fiona Joy Hawkins and produced by Grammy Award-winning artist and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman. His credentials alone should have you hitting the buy button. Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios on a Steinway B featuring special guest Luka Bloom, the artist’s musical style is described as “World Fusion Piano” and it is truly alluring and captivating. 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. The most compelling thing about this project is its almost gravity-defying continuity as it moves through 22 tracks, all of them with unique ideas and styles, yet all blending flawlessly. BLUE DREAM is aptly titled and highly recommended for your personal Time Outs.

Dave Marion

Blue Dream
A dear friend who has never let me down when recommending music suggested I give this disc a try. Having just listened to the latest Will Ackerman piece, Meditations and being carried away by the majesty of this album, I had to get a copy of Fiona's new one. I have to say in all honesty that there are no spoken words to describe this album, or relate the majesty and grandeur of the music contained. You just need to buy it, dedicate a little more than an hour to uninterrupted listening, and find out for yourself, this is pure brilliance.

Kathy Parsons

Stellar!!!
“Blue Dream” is Fiona Joy Hawkins’ anxiously-anticipated new release. Recorded and produced by Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Road Studios and performed on the studio’s legendary Steinway B grand piano, Hawkins is supported by a dizzying array of musical talent. I love her previous two albums, “Ice” and “Angel Above My Piano,” but “Blue Dream” is stunning. Calling the musical style “World Fusion Piano,” the music ranges from quiet and dreamy piano to full orchestrations. Instrumentation includes Didjeribone, a variety of percussion instruments, flugel horn, mandolin, voices, and many conventional instruments as well. Many of the tracks have vocals, but most are wordless. Those with lyrics are sung in either Gaelic or Luganda (from Uganda). There is a total of twenty-two tracks, but the longer pieces are connected by “Interludes” and other shorter pieces, creating a single (68-minute) suite of music. Hawkins says: “’Blue Dream’ is autobiographical and the most personal piece of music I have yet written.” Quoting Will Ackerman: "’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." This is a powerful statement coming from the founder of Windham Hill, who has worked with many of the world’s finest musicians and composers over the past thirty-five years. 2008 has been an incredible year for new music, but I would expect “Blue Dream” to top many music charts and “Favorites” lists for the year; it will certainly be on mine!

“Blue Dream” has no weak points at all. It begins with “Freedom,” a prelude for voice (Noah Wilding) and piano that sets the tone of the album - very fluid, ethereal, and soft-spoken. “Feeling Sunshine” reflects Hawkins’ Australian heritage with the sound of Didjeribone (an adaptation of the traditional Didgeridoo). One of the more energetic pieces on the album, it exudes fun and happiness. “From the Outside” is a beautifully flowing ensemble piece that includes piano, vocals, English horn, and acoustic stringed instruments. Since this album is autobiographical, it seems logical that themes from some of Hawkins’ best-known pieces would flow in and out of the music. Bits of “Flight of the Albatross” are discernible in this piece and “Sapphire Interlude,” which follows. “Standing Up” is much darker and more intensely emotional. Some passages are solo piano and others are more orchestrated - a knockout! The title track is breathtaking in its simplicity and emotional depth - piano, cello, and keyboard are achingly beautiful. Irish folk-singer Luka Bloom appears on “Contemplating,” blending haunting vocals with Noah Wilding. “Samite’s Interlude” features Samite Mulondo in a piece of African origin and influence. “The Void” is more classical in styling, with piano, cello, and keyboard - very still yet intense. “Turquoise Interlude” was composed by Philip Aaberg, one of my all-time favorite artists - very ambient and floating. Hawkins is also a visual artist, so “Prelude to a Painting” reflects that part of her life with a gentle duet for piano and acoustic guitar (Ackerman). “Somewhere” brings the dream to an end very quietly and gently with piano, cello, keyboard and didgeridoo. What an incredible musical experience this album is!!! I give it my highest recommendation!

Kori Carothers

Fabulous!
I have several of Fiona's albums, and this one really stands out. As soon as I received this CD that was so carefully packaged by CD Baby, I took it out and immediately uploaded it onto my iPod. As I worked, I listened. I stopped working and just closed my eyes and went away into Fiona's world. The music, the production, her musical voice, the other musicians really expressed her thoughts and emotions. I love it when a musician can speak her thoughts musically. This CD exceeds this ability. Enjoy her wonderous Blue Dream!

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)
It’s a long way from Australia to Vermont – about 10,000 miles to be more precise, but the journey was worth it for pianist/composer Fiona Joy Hawkins to have her album recorded and produced by the legendary Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. As it turned out, the experience was equally rewarding for him as well. Her music, which has been described as “transcultural instrumental,” incorporates elements of classical, jazz, new age, and world music. It is a combination that listeners obviously find appealing as she has over 43 Awards and nominations across 9 countries. In fact this album “Blue Dream” achieved the highest ranking in the history of the NAR International Radio Charts and won the ZMR Album of the Year, Best Piano Album, and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards.


The CD extends well over an hour and its 22 tracks are interestingly arranged between full length songs and shorter “interludes,” some only a minute or two and serve as an aural sorbet between the courses. However, while the album is divided as just described, it is actually created as a continuous musical flow and crystallizes beautifully as one complete body of work. Listening to it from beginning to end takes the listener on a journey, somewhat like a film score. Within this flow, the listener will find an incredible diversity of instruments, influences, and themes, sometimes in the context of one composition, all centered around Fiona’s elegant and expressive piano playing. . There is a lot of magic here in the way all the various, and sometimes unlikely, combination of elements and musicians intertwine to weave a dream you won’t want to wake up from.

For a full length review of this CD as well as others please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Vladimir Starostin

Music of the wind
I was listening this album for the first time with trees and grass waving in the wind outside. Remarkable feeling of music and nature coexistence! Thanks for more than an hour of pleasure!

John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusic.Nu

Novel Blue Dream
The noteworthy artist I would like to highlight today has achieved unbridled success playing the piano, reaching the number 1 spot in World New Age radio charts across 9 countries, achieving the Best Piano Album in the NAR lifestyle music awards in 2006, and winning the classical / jazz category in the Music OZ Awards for 2008. Accomplishments even her parents never would have dreamed possible. Fiona Joy Hawkins has also received multiple nominations as finalist in classical jazz categories in 2007 and 2009 in multiple genres, among her respectable achievements as an Australian born composer and pianist. Her most recent 2008 Blue Dream album on the Little Hartley Music label, described as world fusion piano, puts the listener into a reflective relaxed state with many refined variations ranging from the poignant quiet moments of thought, to moments with varying rhythms, styles and many orchestration phases in the 22 song album which merge together skillfully. While already widely recognized, she hopes this album will break into international markets. My favorite track 9 blends powerful, yet soft vocals, only to crescendo into a moving inspirational piece, blending into the next novel chapter.
One can consider the 22 songs contained in this album as chapters in a book, that after reading each chapter, the next phase of this story becomes more revealing when finishing all verses while working your way towards the final chapter.
All song chapters and illustrations in this book will hold your interest by preventing you from putting the book down, and my favorite track 9 blends powerful, yet soft vocals, only to crescendo into a moving inspirational piece, blending into the next novel chapter. Farther in the storyline Track 12 opens with a classic piano solo interlude as accompanying vocals add definition, and as the plot thickens, additional momentum begins to increase the readers awareness of a chance encounter, as additional instrumentals and rhythms divulge increasing amounts of dialog of this narrative. Recorded and produced by Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman, plus an addition of many other talented musicians to their credit, who solo and accompany Fiona Joy Hawkins, influence the beauty and refinement of the album, without ever exceeding the award winning pianist intentions and the message she masterfully portrays with the 88 ebony and ivory keys provided for her on a Steinway concert piano.