Iva Davies (Icehouse)

EMI Music Publishing Australia
Maree Hamblion
Iva Davies is an Associate in Music Australia (Distinction) and a formally trained classical musician (Oboe, Piano and composition). Iva’s first serious musical training was during high school. His outstanding potential as an oboist won him the first of a number of consecutive scholarships to the NSW State Conservatorium of Music where he continued tertiary studies in the Performer’s Diploma Course. His parallel interest in popular music and ability as a guitarist singer/composer led, in 1977, to the formation of the Australian musical group Flowers, later known as Icehouse.

As leader and founder of Icehouse he achieved substantial success both locally and internationally over a period of 20 years. Icehouse produced, over that period, roughly 30 local hit songs including Hey Little Girl, Crazy, Electric Blue, Touch the Fire and Great Southern Land, a number of European and American Top 20 hits (including international Number 1s). Album sales are presently approaching two million in Australasia alone.

Icehouse has also accumulated awards including nine multi-platinum recordings and multiple awards from ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association), APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association), ASCAP (USA Writers and Performers Association), Ampex Gold Record Awards, Mo, Variety Club and many others.

Iva has performed extensively throughout the USA, UK, Europe and Japan and in the course of his work with Icehouse, has been deeply involved in the application of new technologies in music. As a composer/songwriter, Iva Davies has written over one hundred published songs. In the film score area, he composed the soundtrack music for Russell Mulcahy’s thriller RAZORBACK, which won an AFI nomination and an APRA Award in 1986. In 1985 the ballet score BOXES was commissioned by Sydney Dance Company and the resulting work conceived by Iva Davies, Robert Kretschmer and Graeme Murphy opened in November 1985 and achieved local and international recognition. In 1995 Iva was once again invited by Graeme Murphy to create an original score in collaboration with Max Lambert for a new dance work titled BERLIN. The complete BERLIN score includes a number of songs by other recognised composers, arranged by Iva Davies and Max Lambert. BERLIN enjoyed considerable success in Australia during 1995, and returned to the Sydney Opera House by public demand in 1997.

For Sydney’s Millenium Eve Celebration, Iva was invited to re-arrange Great Southern Land, his seminal song about the nature of Australia, into a 40 minute composition, drawing together composers and musicians from all over the world to produce a complex collaborative work. In the minutes before midnight when the clock turned from 1999 to 2000, the work, Great Southern Land, was performed on the northern forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. It was broadcast internationally to 2.5 billion television viewers and is recognised as an important part of Australia’s contribution to the vast international Millenium Eve celebration.

The new millenium heralds the emergence of Iva Davies as a major solo talent who, as his work matures and his musical palette expands, is looking beyond the neat landscape of sharp pop and finding new worlds of greater complexity, subtlety and innovation.
Great Southern Land
Electric Blue
Hey Little Girl
2006  - Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame
1989 APRA Award for Most Performed Local Work