Ivona Rose Music
Raw, evocative, honest and uncompromisingly unique. Dreamy, eccentric melody marries poetic song writing and something brave is born. Hand carved like insignia on pavement, her tales of suburban life are as being lead through an enchanted garden, by a haunting hymn.
Central Coast based Ivona Rose (nee Budys) migrated to Australia, from Krakow Poland. Her passion for music arts was born at a primary school age, where she began singing in school shows, local Carols by Candle Light productions, playing the flute and the clarinet and even publishing poetry at the age of 13.
In 2006 she independently produced and released “SheHeIYouMeWe” her debut EP. It enjoyed strong CD sales and air play on Sydney based, FBi Radio, 2SER, Bondi FM and local Melbourne radio stations.
Wanting to further her professional education, she studied Creative and Professional Writing & Editing at the CAE in Melbourne. She then returned to Sydney to study Advanced Music Theory and Piano Studies at Australian Institute of Music and private tuition with Nicholas Fowler, who developed the Pop Piano syllabus for Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She took on vocal tutelage from International Jazz singer Lilly Dior, who helped her harness her unique vocal quality. It was her love of string instruments and the desire to add a folkier element to her musical palette, that brought her to the Autoharp. Self taught, she wields a hypnotic dynamism to her music, by switching between instruments as accompaniment.
Whilst honing her craft as a singer songwriter, she has performed in Sydney, Melbourne & Regional NSW as part of Peats Ridge Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Wharf 2 Loud at the Sydney Theatre Company and has performed at various venues, where there is a call for live acoustic music.
In 2012 she won Songs on Stage Songwriters and Performers award, the prize money of which, helped her get back into studio and record the single "Hoopla". 2013 she was finalist in Music Oz Awards Singer Songwriter category for the song and top 100 of the People's Choice across all genre's in the country.
2018 will see Ivona Rose release her debut album "So Modern". Produced with Brian Campeau at "The Plex" recording studio, it is a collection of 10 carefully selected and crafted songs. Featuring Zoe Hauptmann on Bass (Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, King Curly), Evan Mannell on Drums (Sarah Belkner, The Alcohotlicks, Self Titled Artist), Emily Palethorpe on Cello (Sarah Blasko, Accent Strings), Casey Nicholson on Trumpet (Ngarukuruwala, The NEO, The Boom Band Krewe) and Brian Campeau on Guitars and Synth (Self Titled Artist, The Green Mohair Suits, Jimmy Swouse and the Angry Darts).