Fiona Tozer

Although change is continual, there are periods that seem to mark a sudden new direction, and the new millennium was one of these. Fiona Tozer's compositional style had not essentially changed up to this point, apart from the addition of bigger arrangements for various South African music artists. She was becoming increasingly aware of the limitations of her knowledge, and becoming frustrated with relying solely on lyrics to give meaning to the music. In 2001, she started studying at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and after a brief flirtation with jazz guitar performance she settled on classical composition as her major. In the course of her studies, she composed for orchestra and for a various small ensembles.

Her Triptych for Chamber Orchestra was performed by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004. She completed her BA (Music) degree, graduating with distinction both in 2003, and for her BA (Honours) in 2004. During this time, performing took something of a back seat as the South African music artist experimented with new musical concepts. She did, however, continue to perform at a few festivals, as well as taking part in the folk show 'Those were the Days', which had several successful runs at various venues in Durban in 2001 and 2002.

Fiona is currently studying for her Masters degree in composition at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her new band, Quark, comprising Fiona Tozer on guitar and vocals, Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby on violin and Logan Byrne on double bass, is a project designed to combine new skills and ideas with the songwriting tradition, and to advance her music to a new level. She continues to write new material and believes that the creative circle formed by music artist and audience can best be served by getting on stage and presenting these new works, as she stretches herself all the time to "catch that perfect harmony".

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