Type: Gypsy Jazz Band
Electrifying’ – ‘extraordinarily animated’–‘featuring rare and natural charisma’….
These are words used to describe Fiona Pears, the beautiful and highly talented violinist and composer from Christchurch.
Describing her musical influences as Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, John Williams and Jean Luc Pointy, Pears performs Celtic, Classical, Tango, Jazz and Gypsy with equal ease, sometimes all in the same composition!
Together with her talented band, Fiona will perform music from her own exciting compositions. Expect a fiery melting pot of flavours - and a thrilling, visually stunning experience.
New Zealand born and now dividing her time between London and this country, Fiona has performed and recorded with artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Hayley Westenra, Bic Runga, and has opened for Tony Bennett, Ottmar Liebert and ‘the clown prince of Denmark’, the late Victor Borge. Personal highlights include appearing at Ronnie Scott’s world famous jazz club in London and performing her own compositions and arrangements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Fiona’s band is a cleverly chosen group of exceptional musicians, including husband and musical director Ian, who have both the ability and the confidence to perform her compositions incorporating various music styles including Celtic, Classical, Gypsy and Tango with a twist of jazz thrown in.
Fiona Pears – Violin, Mike Ferrar – Guitar, Ian Tilley - Piano, Pete Fleming – Bass, Greg Donaldson - Drums.
Ideal for: corporate function, concert, conference, festival, Fiona does not do weddings
Fiona Pears Full Biography
Violinist and composer Fiona Pears started performing as a soloist with orchestras at the age of twelve. Now based in both London and New Zealand, she has forged a career as an international soloist and recording artist.
Fiona started the violin at the age of five after hearing a performance by Carl Pini where she fell in love with the sound of the instrument. Her first public performance was at the age of six where she won first prize in a local competition. By the age of twelve she was performing concertos with local orchestras on both piano and violin. Fiona then went on to perform with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, where she won two national secondary school music competitions, one in piano and the other in violin. By the time she was eighteen, Fiona had formed an interest in many different kinds of music and started to explore Jazz, Gypsy, Latin and Celtic styles. She spent several years playing in a swing jazz group, which recorded for Radio New Zealand and appeared at festivals nationwide.
In her early twenties, Fiona discovered the wonders of composition. This enabled her to combine all the styles of music that she had a passion for and would ultimately lead to her current career, which has seen her record four CDs and two DVDs to date. Her most recent CD, “Fire and Light,” is the culmination of her composing career so far, as she wrote twelve of the fourteen tracks and arranged them for band and full orchestra. She took the compositions to the Czech Republic and recorded the CD with the City of Prague Philharmonic.
Since being in the UK, Fiona has composed and arranged the music for her performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra and has gone on to arrange music for recording artists such as Hayley Westenra and The Choirboys. She was also asked to arrange and perform her own version of “Schindler’s List,” for BBC television and her music videos have been played on Classic FM TV in the UK and Europe.
In recent years Fiona has toured extensively and has performed and recorded with artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Hayley Westenra, Bic Runga and Heather Nova. She has also opened for artists such as Tony Bennett, Ottmar Liebert and the late Victor Borge.
Fiona will perform a mixture of her own compositions alongside well known Gypsy-Swing favourites.
Fiona Pears Compositions
Tangissimo - Fiona Pears
Feeling - Fiona Pears
The Willow Tree - Fiona Pears
The Piper's Son - Fiona Pears
Whisper Waltz - Fiona Pears
House by the Harbour - Fiona Pears
Turkish Fantasie - Fiona Pears
Magic Sands - Fiona Pears
Calm after the Storm - Fiona Pears
This Land - Fiona Pears
Cathedral Tango - Fiona Pears
Theatre Royal Overture - Fiona Pears
James - Fiona Pears
Barnaby Jackson - Fiona Pears
Pizzacto Rumba - Fiona Pears
Fi’s Irish Overture - Fiona Pears
Fire in the Orient - Fiona Pears
More than a Memory - Fiona Pears
A little Slice of Paradise - Fiona Pears
Fire Fly - Fiona Pears
Memories of Home - Fiona Pears
Far Away - Fiona Pear
Memories of Martin & Mary - Fiona Pears
Gypsy Lament - Fiona Pears
Coming Home - Fiona Pears
Standards / Covers
Hava Nagila - Trad. arr. Fiona Pears
Bolero - Django Reindhart
Minor Swing - Django Reindhart
I Found a New Baby - Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams
Sabre Dance - A. Khachaturian. arr. Fiona Pears
Limehouse Blues - Douglas Furber and Philip Braham
Lady Be Good – G Gershwin
Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone
Hungarian Dance No. 5 - Brahms arr. Fiona Pears
Dark Eyes – Trad. arr. Fiona Pears
Czardas – V Monti
Tchavolo Swing – Tchavolo Schmitt
Them Their Eyes - M Pinkard, D Tauber, W Tracey
Sunrise Sunset – Jerry Bock
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