Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Rock Electric Violin Duo FUSE Sign Groundbreaking Record Deal

Ben Lee and Linzi Stoppard are FUSE, the rock prince and princess of the violin world. Today at the InterContinental London Park Lane they have signed a global record deal with edel Record.

FUSE are original and unique - they aren’t classical violinists, they are rock violinists, pioneering a new unique musical sound for a traditionally classical instrument.

They will release their 12 track debut album “Glorious”, co-produced by FUSE, later this summer. This is the first time in a long time a UK string act has signed a major deal to a pop/rock label through "traditional" channels.

Ben and Linzi met in 2006. Having both had successful live performance careers, they decided to merge their talents and form FUSE, a one-of-a-kind, glamorous rock, boy-girl electric violin duo.

When Ben and Linzi set out to break the mould and push the boundaries they realised they had two choices: to be followers or to show the way with initiative. The latter was the only real option.

While following their instincts the band recognised their competition had all failed to conquer the same conundrum - how does a new violin act avoid sounding exactly the same as the one before?

Other string acts call themselves ‘electric’, but often record using acoustic instrument or with no effects limiting them sonically. This narrow path leads to most violin / cross-over string acts covering the same music again and again and in the same style.

Not so with FUSE – the answer to the conundrum was a fresh progressive approach using the most up to date techniques, original guitar valve amps, sonic processors and of course their bespoke gold Bridge electric violins - the FUSE sound was born.

More importantly through these original methods the instrument comes alive like never before opening up a whole new genre of music – ROCK!

Edel is a major player in the music industry that can proudly boast a roster of legendary artists including Stevie Wonder, The Police, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Deep Purple, The Jam and Kiss.

Linzi Stoppard said: "We're proud and excited to have the platform we've always wanted to help our music reach a wider audience. It’s been a while in the making and this deal recognises our hard work and belief that our innovative style will light the way for a new generation of rock violinists."

Ben Lee said: "After touring and recording for other bands it's great to get my own sound out there."


FUSE Online:

For further information on FUSE contact Neil Reading at Neil Reading PR,
neil@neilreadingpr.com, +44(0)20 72877 7711

FUSE Global Management:
Will Stoppard Management, Will Stoppard,
will@ws-m.co.uk, +44(0)20 3008 7355
Duroc Media, Simon Porter, simon@durocmedia.com, +44(0)1895 810831

Deep Springs Entertainment, Will Stoppard,
will@deepsprings.co.uk, +44(0)20 3008 7355
Duroc Media,
simon@durocmedia.com, +44(0)1895 810831

Note to Sub Editors: Please note that the name “FUSE’’ should always appear in capitals, as above.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Linzi gets down with MySpace

Check it out: http://www.myspace.com/fusemusic

Linzi plays at London’s InterContinental


A highlight of the evening was an electronic violin performance by Fuse, featuring Linzi Stoppard (daughter-inlaw of Oscar winning playwright Sir Tom Stoppard) and Ben Lee, performing the theme music of Lawrence of Arabia and paying a special tribute to its composer Oscar winning Maurice Jarre, who died last week age 84. The audience of over 400 guests included Middle Eastern Royalty, Arab and international Ambassadors, celebrities, fashion industry buyers, other VIPs and media.

Full story:

Linzi in the daily mail

She's still a beauty ..

FUSE - New Street Square Christmas Launch Party

Images of FUSE playing >>

Electric Violinist Linzi Stoppard mesmerizes the crowd at NSPCC Fundraising Dinner

Linzi Stoppard performs on behalf of the NSPCC

Electric violin artist Linzi Stoppard attended the Ascot Charitable Trust Ball earlier this year in aid of the NSPCC.

Linzi gave a spectacular performance at the elegant event which took place in The Pavilions at Royal Ascot Racecourse. Approximately 300 guests looked on and enjoyed her set which included tracks such as ‘Glorious’, ‘Fused Adagio’ and ‘Saltwater’. Linzi’s exciting and edgy music pushed the boundaries of musical convention as she gave a mesmerizing set.The annual event raised a fantastic £50,000 which also saw five other local charities benefit.
Linzi is married to Will Stoppard, son of Sir Tom Stoppard.


Friday, 19 June 2009

FUSE and Britain’s Got Talent star to perform at British Red Cross Gala Ball

FUSE and Britain’s Got Talent star to perform at British Red Cross Gala Ball
Tuesday 9 June 2009For further information please contact Laura Hinks telephone: 0044(0)207 877 7463 / 07921 493 560 (07659 145 095 out of hours), email: LHinks@redcross.org.uk
Electric violinists FUSE and Britain’s Got Talent star Julian Smith are set to perform at the British Red Cross International Fundraising Committee Gala Ball tomorrow (10 June). The Birmingham saxophonist, runner-up in the ITV talent show last week, will join Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee (FUSE) and award-winning comedian Omid Djalili on the bill at the IFC Gala Ball.
Guests will attend a reception and dinner at one of a selection of Ambassadors’ residences before being taken to the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill Hotel for entertainment, dancing and the chance to bid for exclusive and unattainable items at an auction, which will raise money for the international life-saving work of the British Red Cross.

Full article here http://www.redcross.org.uk/news.asp?id=95134

Electric Violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee (FUSE) Up Close Interview for C Music TV

Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPrGK-oGPg

Electric Violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee (FUSE) Up Close Interview for C Music TV