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Iva Davies (born Ivor Arthur Davies, 22 May 1955, Wauchopemarker, New South Walesmarker, Australia) is the frontman for Australian electro/new wave/rock band Icehouse.

Biography

Davies has worked with such notable musicians as David Bowie, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, Yukihiro Takahashi, John Oates, Elvis Costello, Simple Minds, Peter Tosh, Robert Palmer, XTC, The Psychedelic Furs, and many more.

1970s

Davies first performed as a 16-year-old musician with the "Lucy Fields Jug Band" led by Lindsay Campbell around 1971. Three floors down in the YMCA Basement in Sydney was a regular folk and acoustic music venue which featured artists such as Bob Hudson, Mike Mclelland, Al Ward, Pat and Geoff Drummond, Al Head, Marion Henderson, Margaret Roadknight and Graeme Lowndes.

Davies played french horn with the Sydney Youth Orchestra and was a member of the Epping Boys High School Band where he played Euphonium. The Lucy Fields Jug Band secured a recording contract with M7 records but the company was soon to change hands and the band's album was never released.

In late 1977, Iva Davies, a former oboe and composition student at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Musicmarker joined with bass guitar player Keith Welsh to form a band called Flowers. In 1979 Davies re-established an old friendship with Cameron Allan, the director of Sydney-based independent label Regular Records.

1980s

In 1985 Davies and fellow Icehouse member Bob Kretschmer worked on the ballet Boxes with the Sydney Dance Company. In addition to scoring the ballet, they also co-wrote the script with Graeme Murphy. Boxes opened at the Sydney Opera Housemarker in December, and Davies performed in an acting/singing/dancing role to sold-out crowds for three weeks straight.

1985 also saw Davies win an APRA Music Award for "Most Performed Australasian Music For Film" for Razorback.

In 1988, Davies and co-collaborator John Oates won an APRA Music Award for the Icehouse song Electric Blue (from the Man Of Colours album) in the "Most Performed Australasian Popular Work" category.

1990s

The Sydney Dance Company worked on creating a ballet which became Berlin. As well as recording the score to the ballet, Davies performed these songs live with Icehouse at each show. He was an intrinsic part of the ballet, in a role similar to the one in he played in Boxes. Iva was successful in creating a translation from the dancers to the audience. Berlin was an instant success and ran for two seasons. Boxes and Berlin are two of the most successful shows that the Sydney Dance Company has had to date.

2000s

In 2003, Davies travelled to Los Angelesmarker to record the soundtrack to the Peter Weir film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Christopher Gordon and Richard Tognetti. Together, they won the 2004 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award in the "Best Soundtrack Album" category. In 2005 Davies scored the mini-series The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant. On 6 November 2006, he won the 2006 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award in the "Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie" category. From 15 June 2008, Davies was a judge on Seven Network TV series Battle of the Choirs; his band Icehouse performed "Great Southern Land" on the grand final show won by University of Newcastlemarker Chamber Choir.

Awards

1982 Countdown Award - "Most Popular Male Performer"
1985 APRA Music Award - "Most Performed Australasian Music For Film" for Razorback
1988 APRA Music Award - "Most Performed Australasian Popular Work" for Electric Blue
1991 16th Annual "Mo Awards" (Australian Variety Artist Association) Nomination for "Best Male Performer"
2004 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award - "Best Soundtrack Album" for Master And Commander
2006 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award - "Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie" for Mary Bryant


Achievements

1985 Boxes ballet with the Sydney Dance Company at the Sydney Opera House voted "Event of the year" by Rolling Stone magazine
1995 Berlin with Max Lambert and the Sydney Dance Company opens at the Sydney Opera House and continues its success into 1996 with international and Australian seasons.
1999 The Ghost of Time performed with Richard Tognetti, and the Sydney Symphony on New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House as part of Australia's contribution to the international Millennium Celebrations, which was telecast to a viewing audience of 2.5 billion people.
2000 Circles in the Sky commissioned as the theme song for the Olympic Live sites during the celebration of the Sydney Olympic Games.


Personal life

Iva married Tonia Kelly in 1990. They have two children: Brynn (born 1993) and Evan (1996).

References

  1. APRA Music Award "1985 Winners" list
  2. APRA Music Award "1988 Winners" list
  3. APRA Screen Music Awards "2004 Winners" list
  4. APRA Screen Music Awards "2006 Winners" list


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