Daisy Jopling Releases “Awakening” CD On Fleur De Son Classics

To categorize Daisy Jopling as a classical rock violinist is like saying the rainbow has only two colors. A sublimely gifted musician, Jopling relies on impeccable technique and passionate virtuosity to span the globe of musical influences, spirituals, pop, reggae, funk, Irish folk, gypsy tunes, Argentine tango and anything else that crosses her auditory path.

"Awakening, " her first CD of original compositions—she's had seven others—is the culmination of decades of musical, creative and spiritual growth. The CD on Fleur de Son Classics will be released February 3, 2017 on all of the major music platforms. An "Awakening" live show that premiered in September, 2016 at the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill, New York, was filmed and produced for TV by Cinemusica for broadcast in the US, Europe and Asia.

A kinetic whirlwind on stage, the British-born Jopling has been drawing rapt attention since she made her debut at London's Royal Albert Hall at the age of 14. Tom Morris, Artistic Director of Britain's oldest theatre the Bristol Old Vic, noted "Daisy Jopling plays classical music with the energy and spontaneity of a rock musician. She has a lyrical intensity that seems to reach inside you with each stroke of the bow".

Whether playing on an Antonio Gragnani violin made in Livorno in 1778 or on her Yamaha electric model, Jopling takes audiences on bold musical excursions. The result, as the Los Angeles Times put it, is a "genre-splicing, witty, creative fervor." For the CD, she incorporates a wild assortment of instrumentation, yes there's a beat box and a string orchestra, as well as styles… world music, classical and rock, roots, pop, funk.

A graduate of the Royal College of Music, she gradually broke loose from the confines of a classical career, first by touring the world with the freewheeling string trio Triology and then with her own ensemble. She has contributed to film scores, including arranging and recording with Triology the movie music of Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer. Touring in 2016/17, the Daisy Jopling Band, featuring Brian Delma Taylor on flute, Brian Marsella on piano/keyboard, Lavondo Thomas on bass and Matthew Zebroski on drums, has stops in the US, Norway, Austria, England, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Mexico.

Over the course of her career, she's performed and toured with some of the world's leading musicians in a multitude of genres, a reflection of her musical wanderlust. Among them: Bobby McFerrin; Julian Rachlin; Janine Jansen; Rob Evan lead vocalist with Trans-Siberian Orchestra; legendary Cuban singer Omara Portuondo from the Buena Vista Social Club; Boris Grebenshikov, considered one of the founders of Russian rock; Indian classical/pop singer Shubha Mudgal; and Austrian jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel.

Since then, Jopling has performed at major festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the United Nations Assembly Hall alongside such artists as the legendary, award-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, rapper/singer Akon, Brazilian singer/guitarist Gilberto Gil, reggae and hiphop artist Ky-Mani Marley and Afro pop-singer Salif Keita, as well as Whoopi Goldberg and Carl Lewis.

Several of the pieces, instrumentation and voices for the new CD come from work she composed for the String Pulse Experience, a concert she first put together for some 250 students ranging in age and skill levels in the Peekskill New York area where she now resides. The initial performance at the Paramount Hudson Valley received a standing ovation from a full house. Its success led to a similar concert in Lake Placid, the subject of a documentary that will air on PBS stations.

Although she may defy easy categorization, Jopling—as the Evening Standard said—is simply "brilliantly entertaining."

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