Name: Linzi Stoppard
Type: FUSE / Bands / Classical / Music / Strings / Fashion / Models
Themes: Classical / Avant-garde / Haute Couture / Rock'n'roll
Location: UK

She looks like an angel, but plays like Satan’s personal violinist” NME. Stunning electric violinist.


Linzi Stoppard is one half of the virtuoso electric violin duo FUSE whose eponymous debut album was released in May 2010 through Edel Records. Along side fellow band mate Ben Lee FUSE harness their bespoke Swarovski Signature Bridge electric violins and seize classic Rock tracks and put them through the FUSE wringer! The results are radical, innovative but loving reinterpretations for violin. “FUSE” features 14 incredible tracks including ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay, Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’, the title track by Andreas Johnson and a stunning blend of the mediaeval ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana and Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’. All tracks have been reworked and reanimated in the unique FUSE way. The duo have had to invent new ways to render melodies that were vocal on the original tracks. FUSE aim to prove that the electric violin can be as versatile as the electric guitar – a valedictory romp through “I Love Rock N Roll” seems to seal the deal! Linzi and her fellow violinist Ben have followed in the footsteps of international superstars Madonna, Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue, joining forces with Swarovski who created FUSE the world’s most expensive electric violins to celebrate their album. Each of their bespoke Bridge instruments is embellished with an incredible 50,000 crystals each, every one hand-applied, creating a one-off pair of crystal violins worth over £1,000,000 each. FUSE launched these incredible instruments in-store at Harrods, London, to the world's media. As Linzi says, “It’s completely fresh, no one thought that what we do was even possible. Everything you hear is violins! The style that we use when we play is more akin to that of a guitar player, with more soul and electricity – literally! We chose work from artists that are huge stadium acts, and that’s where we want to be. It is that big and that powerful - get some ear plugs! We specialise in blowing away people’s preconceptions.” FUSE are already finding friends in the rock fraternity who appreciate what they do. After raving, “I love what you’ve done, how did you get that sound?”, Francis Rossi appears on the album version of Quo’s ‘Down Down’, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd offered his services as a drummer and Roger Daltrey asked Linzi and Ben to support him! Linzi and Ben’s background is music all the way – though Linzi is also signed to Models 1 and she and Ben have both just become Prince’s Trust Ambassadors. With both having had real success individually in their careers thus far and worked with an amazing array of world-beating musical talent, their coming together as FUSE portends something really special. The sound that FUSE generate takes serious know-how and technical skill and live it is nothing short of incendiary – the violins are generally accompanied by the sound of jaws dropping! “Crazy Nights” indeed. As well as their own live tours FUSE's world class reputation have made them a favourite in the global corporate market. Recently international engagements have seen FUSE playing in Moscow, Mumbai, Cannes, Monaco, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Calgary, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul to name a few. You can see some of these performances on YouTube where FUSE have amassed have over four million views and counting. In 2010 FUSE's live TV performances were watched around the world by an audience of over 500,000,000+ What FUSE do can have a truly global appeal; there are no language barriers. Whilst they are very proudly a string band, listeners can sing along to the choruses that we all know. With the release of “FUSE” Linzi and Ben will be bringing their unique brand of entertainment to a whole new audience, let’s hope they are ready!


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