- Main activity
- Singer Songwriter
- Main genre
- Language skills
- Recording Studio Songwriter Vocalist Audio Engineer Composer Artist lyricist
- Folk World Jazz Funk Rock Classical Experimental
Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Fiona Tozer, started playing music and writing songs while still a teenager, influenced by the acoustic music and folk revival of the 70s, and particularly the music of Joni Mitchell. She went on to travel widely, developing her songwriting skills and absorbing styles from her environment. Since arriving in South Africa, she has played at folk music venues and festivals around the country and was a founder of the Durban Folk Club in 1986. Her songs, in contemporary folk and acoustic rock style, have been released on the albums to date; Odyssey (with the band Bona Fide), Neverland, Light and Sound, and recently released Somewhere Else. Venturing into other genres of music, she studied music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, completing a Masters degree in composition in 2008. She is currently working with an experimental group called Quark, blurring the boundaries of mixed genres of music, and has a newly released album, Jetshock.
Quark is a collaboration between singer-guitarist Fiona Tozer and bassist Dan Wilson. These two musicians from diverse musical backgrounds have been fusing the different elements of their musical experience. Always aiming for the unexpected, the eclectic mix focuses on poly-rhythms, unusual time signatures and chord progressions, and features bass, guitar and voice. Their live performance incorporates loops created from guitar or bass riffs. The intricately arranged music ranges from meditative to rocky, with a bit of jazz and funk thrown in for good measure. Fiona's vocal melody lines draw the listener in, while Dan's bass scat vocals add another dimension.The newly release album titled Jetshock is themed around space-time and the universe.