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‘Electrifying’ – ‘extraordinarily animated’ – ‘featuring rare and natural charisma’. These are words used to describe Fiona Pears, the beautiful and highly talented violinist and composer who tours the country with Arts on Tour NZ from 6 October through to 6 November with her band in the Fire and Light tour.
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, Pete Fleming on bass, Mike Ferrar on guitar, and her husband, UK pianist and musical director, Ian Tilley, Fiona will perform music from her own exciting compositions, including those on her latest CD, Fire and Light, which she recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. 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.
About Arts on Tour New Zealand:
Based at the historic Arts Centre of Christchurch, Arts on Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.
The 2010 Arts on Tour programme has featured Delgirl (February) followed by Pacific Curls (March), Adams and Gavin (April), Don McGlashan (April), Penny Ashton’s Hot Pink Bits (June), Hot Club Sandwich (July), and Antiques Rogue Show (August), as well as Fiona Pears and Band.
Whirimako Black tours in November.
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