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FUSE Violin Duo

FUSE Violin Duo

from: London, UK
Genre: Pop/Rock

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FUSE - Glorious (featuring Swarovski Violins)
FUSE Violin Duo - Electric Violinists Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee's video for 'Glorious' featuring 1M Swarovski Violins.

 
FUSE Violin Duo Biography
Linzi Stoppard - electric violin four string
Ben Lee - electric violin five string


FUSE, are virtuoso electric violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee. Ambassadors for The Prince’s Trust, recently performed for Prince William and Her Majesty The Queen, four million views on YouTube and counting, performed to TV audiences in excess of two hundred million in 2012, the only string group in the world to perform on £1M Swarovski Crystal violin, and 4-times world record holder for the Fastest Violin Player.
Their eponymously titled debut album from FUSE was through Edel Records. The duo are virtuoso musicians Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee who harness their Swarovski encrusted Carbon-Fibre 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’, Glorious 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. 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.

The sound that FUSE generate takes serious know-how and technical skill. Linzi Stoppardexplains, 'We play five string and four string instruments; this gives us more range than a normal violin. We play Bridge violins with Kevlar carbon fibre composite bodies. They could take a bullet for us!' Ben Lee continues, 'We have particular tonal requirements – of course we keep our secrets to ourselves! - but I will say that we use guitar amps, combinations of valve heads and transistor heads and speaker cabinets. Other people playing electric violins just plug into a mixing desk whereas we use a series of effects pedals.' FUSE 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. There’s no cutting down or simplification involved.

Choosing the tracks for the album was not easy, but the duo picked personal favourites and tracks that they knew that most people love. Linzi says, 'With the track ‘Glorious’ we needed to turn the vocal into a string line and it just worked, it’s a great song, one that you just hear people whistling.' More inventively Ben relates, 'We combined the mediaeval ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana with ‘Kashmir’ by Led Zeppelin, ‘Carmina’ felt a bit empty just on strings and amazingly we realised that the tracks had the same musical form. It works so well!'

To celebrate the release of their album Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee FUSE are the only string group in the world to exclusively collaborated with Swarovski Crystal to create the only two crystal violins in the world! Each violin has over 50,000 crystals, each individually applied to the bespoke carbon-kevlar Bridge violin body. The FUSE Signature Swarovski violin is worth over £1,000,000 each and was launched to the media in-store at the world famous Harrods.

In 2012 Ben Lee became the 4-times Guinness World Record as the Fastest Violinist In The World. Ben performed 'Flight of the Bumblebee' by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at over 15 notes per second making him the first player in history to break the magic-minute mark – Ben Lee can proclaim to now have the fastest fingers in the world!
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