Fiona Joy Hawkins - #1 on ZMR - Announces L.A. Concert Date and Debut Producing Role with Will Ackerman at Imaginary Road

Top Quote Dynamic pianist's latest - 600 Years in a Moment - appears on long ballot for GRAMMY® consideration in Best Album: New Age. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 13, 2013 - This Fall is heating up for New Age/World pianist, composer and singer Fiona Joy Hawkins: her new release 600 Years in Moment is listed on the Grammy® Awards long ballot under BEST ALBUM: NEW AGE, and currently tops the ZMR airplay charts at #1. Additionally, she is making her debut as a producer at Grammy-winning producer Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios while on break from her U.S. Fall tour with fellow Aussie singer-songwriter Trysette.

    Hawkins' Los Angeles concert will be an intimate one celebrating the end of her U.S. tour at Hollywood Piano in Burbank, on Sunday Nov. 17th at 3 pm, with guest artist Kori Linae Carothers. To reserve a seat for the donation-based L.A. concert, go to:

    600 Years in a Moment explores time and history, bringing the past to the present, finding origins while looking into the future, the album is a journey from Fiona's native Australia, traveling sonically around the world: it shares the distinctly Celtic flavor of her ancestors while incorporating skilled vocal and instrumental performances representing Mongolia, Hungary, China, Africa, Tibet, Ireland, the Middle East, Native America and more. Its rich, diverse sound will appeal to a wide range of piano, world, jazz, new age, and instrumental music fans around the globe. Hawkins set herself apart from other artists in her genre by releasing the album in four formats: CD, SACD, Double Vinyl, and MP3.

    A central element in this album is the 102-key Stuart and Sons piano, of which Hawkins became aware after a move to Newcastle NSW. Knowing her passion for every note, a friend suggested she visit one of his clients nearby who happened to make pianos. "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." Partway through recording 600 Years, Hawkins was featured in a segment about the piano on NPR's Morning Edition.

    Music reviewer Michael Diamond wrote "600 Years In A Moment is a masterful mélange of superlative musical performance, stunning contemporary composition, and widely diversified cultural influences… Fiona Joy Hawkins has outdone herself with this release and continues to set the bar ever higher in the unfolding of her creative potential."

    The album's visually-stunning cover art, by Australian artist Andy Wilson, fully conveys the imaginative nature and emotional expansiveness of her work. High-end production and various format offerings contrast with the album's ancient sounds and opening whisper, "Far from the shore, the winds will whisper, 600 Years and I'll be home." With this ground-breaking new album, Hawkins brings us the best of both worlds, old and new. The album is eclectic, acoustic, beautifully produced; there are 12 tracks in all, most extending beyond five minutes in length.

    Hawkins is avidly pursuing licensing of her instrumental music, recently securing two commercial licensing deals for a spa and for a beauty product. Hawkins is an ARIA Finalist, MusicOZ Winner, ZMR Album of the Year winner, and Independent Music Awards Finalist. Ackerman calls her "one of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre." Together, he and Hawkins are producing the debut album of a promising piano star, Jennifer DeFrayne, this month at his Vermont-based studio.

    To hear 600 Years in a Moment, and see the video, go to:

    To reserve a seat for the L.A. concert, go to:

    For media interviews or review copies contact bethhilton(at)theBcompany(dot)com.

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