Iva Davies (born Ivor Arthur Davies 22 May 1955 in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia) is the frontman for Australian electro/new wave/rock band Icehouse (formerly known as Flowers).
Davies has worked with such notable musicians as David Bowie
, Brian Eno
, Peter Gabriel
, Bryan Ferry
and Roxy Music
, Yukihiro Takahashi
, John Oates
, Elvis Costello
, Simple Minds
, Peter Tosh
, Robert Palmer
, The Psychedelic Furs
, and many more.
In late 1977, Iva Davies, a former oboe
and composition student at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music
joined with bass guitar
player Keith Welsh
to form a band called Flowers.
In 1979 Davies re-established an old friendship with Cameron Allan, the director of Sydney-based independent label Regular Records.
In 1985 Davies and fellow Icehouse member Bob Kretschmer
worked on the ballet Boxes
with the Sydney Dance Company
. In addition to scoring the ballet, they also co-wrote the script with Graeme Murphy
opened at the Sydney Opera House
in December, and Davies performed in an acting/singing/dancing role to sold-out crowds for three weeks straight.
1985 also saw Davies win an APRA Music Award for "Most Performed Australasian Music For Film" for Razorback.
In 1988, Davies and co-collaborator John Oates won an APRA Music Award for the Icehouse song Electric Blue (from the Man Of Colours album) in the "Most Performed Australasian Popular Work" category.
The Sydney Dance Company worked on creating a ballet which became Berlin
. As well as recording the score to the ballet, Davies performed these songs live with Icehouse at each show. He was an intrinsic part of the ballet, in a role similar to the one in he played in Boxes
. Iva was successful in creating a translation from the dancers to the audience. Berlin
was an instant success and ran for two seasons. Boxes
are two of the most successful shows that the Sydney Dance Company has had to date.
In 2003, Davies travelled to Los Angeles
to record the soundtrack to the Peter Weir
film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
with Christopher Gordon
and Richard Tognetti
. Together, they won the 2004 APRA/AGSC
Screen Music Award in the "Best Soundtrack Album" category. In 2005 Davies scored the mini-series The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
. On 6 November 2006
, he won the 2006 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award in the "Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie" category. From 15 June 2008
, Davies was a judge on Seven Network
TV series Battle of the Choirs
; his band Icehouse performed "Great Southern Land
" on the grand final show won by University of Newcastle
|| Countdown Award - "Most Popular Male Performer" |
|| APRA Music Award - "Most Performed Australasian Music For Film" for Razorback |
|| APRA Music Award - "Most Performed Australasian Popular Work" for Electric Blue |
|| 16th Annual "Mo Awards" (Australian Variety Artist Association) Nomination for "Best Male Performer" |
|| APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award - "Best Soundtrack Album" for Master And Commander |
|| APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award - "Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie" for Mary Bryant |
|| Boxes ballet with the Sydney Dance Company at the Sydney Opera House voted "Event of the year" by Rolling Stone magazine |
|| Berlin with Max Lambert and the Sydney Dance Company opens at the Sydney Opera House and continues its success into 1996 with international and Australian seasons. |
|| The Ghost of Time performed with Richard Tognetti, and the Sydney Symphony on New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House as part of Australia's contribution to the international Millennium Celebrations, which was telecast to a viewing audience of 2.5 billion people. |
|| Circles in the Sky commissioned as the theme song for the Olympic Live sites during the celebration of the Sydney Olympic Games. |
Iva married Tonia Kelly
in 1990. They have two children: Brynn (born 1993) and Evan (1996).