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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

MDiamond ,

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

Fiona Joy is a truly a remarkable composer and pianist whose graceful and elegant piano work is as technically impressive as it is emotionally evocative. In fact, the depth of feeling that goes into her music is one of the things that distinguish her in the new age music genre. In addition to her exquisite piano playing, Fiona’s airy vocals imbue the tracks they are on with an ethereal ambiance that reminded me at times of Enya. With this new release, “Signature – Synchronicity,” Fiona reprises the stunning piano compositions from her recent solo piano release, “Signature - Solo,” but here adds accompaniment by a host of world-class musicians, recorded at GRAMMY winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman’s iconic Imaginary Road Studios.

The opening track, entitled “Ceremony,” is a song which Fiona wrote for her wedding and begins with a lovely and lighthearted piano arpeggio that unfolds in a way that brought to mind the path a couple might follow as they begin their life together. Fiona’s misty angelic vocal is a highlight of the track called “Grace,” which she wrote for a fan who shared that Fiona’s music helped her through a profound personal tragedy. This album seems to include more vocal tracks than I remember hearing on Fiona’s previous albums. Interestingly though, her vocals have a whispery, ghostly quality that blends in with the instrumentation rather than standing out as in traditional vocal recordings.

On a track (no pun intended) called “Invisible Train,” a feeling of forward motion is captured by ex-Pat Metheney Group percussionist Jeff Haynes, and an atmospheric element is created by one of my favorite instrumentalists, Premik Russell Tubbs who plays and EWI, or electronic wind instrument. Premik has recorded and performed with huge list of top artists including Ravi Shankar, Santana, Lady Gaga, Sting, and more. Up next is a pleasant surprise, and one that was not on the Signature –Solo album in this form. It’s called “Grace (Chill Version)” and is a reprise of track 2 but with a twist. This version includes Fiona’s son, Nick Hawkins doing beat-box percussion, as well as the ambient horn maestro himself, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, as well as a number of other top-notch musicians. I love the cool contemporary feel they’ve given to the song, and the way Fiona’s vocals drift dreamily over the instrumentation.

Fiona’s compositions range from subtle and understated to more elaborate and ornate but always exhibit the emotional expressiveness she has become so well known for. The term “synchronicity” is defined as: the coming together of inner and outer events. On Fiona’s homage to this phenomenon, her deep inspiration and artistic vision combine with the exceptional talents of the many gifted musicians and producers she had the good fortune to work with.

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WKellerman ,

Words won’t do; you have to feel this

The exquisite touch and expressive playing that one has come to expect from Fiona is so evident on this album, supported by a fantastic meld of textures. CEREMONY is such a great opening track. I found the flute on INVISIBLE TRAIN symbolic of the whistle as the rhythm was riding along. On the softer side, GRACE is lovely with those angelic voices, while I feel SIGNATURE has deep and reflective side to it. FROM THE MIST is truly so melodic and enchanting!

Hazine's World ,

Mesmerizing Synchronicity

It's such a pleasure to listen to this record, Fiona's "signature" piano prowess and lighter-than-air ethereal vocals blend in perfect synchronicity, so this album it quite aptly named. The production is beautifully done, and the guest artists sink right into the tracks as if they are not "guests" but a further extension of Fiona's musical vision. One of the best New Age albums I've heard in some time.

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