Label: Bella Union
Release date: 03.06.2016
Few CVs are as illustrious as that of Fiona Brice. Her career encompasses orchestral arrangements for artists such as John Grant, Anna Calvi, Midlake, Placebo, Vashti Bunyan and Jarvis Cocker, scores for concert performances by Roy Harper and Gemma Ray and violin performances for the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Katherine Jenkins, Gorillaz and Robbie Williams. Now there’s a new name to add to this incredible list; Brice herself, with a stunning solo debut, ‘Postcards From’, ten instrumental pieces as rich and cinematic as its ingredients are minimal; just violin, cello and piano and a restlessly inventive imagination. From the piercing clarity of ‘Berlin’ to the cascading ‘Glastonbury’, from the peaceful reverie of ‘Koh Yao Noi’ to the haunting tension of ‘Antwerp’, Brice’s violin and compositional skill forges many moods. Her piano also leads the luminescent ‘Dallas’ and the candlelit aura of ‘Denton’ while violin and piano combine with the swarthier overtones of cello for ‘Paris’, ‘Verona’ and ‘Tokyo’.