Bulletin #15
© November 1999

It looks like the Ghost of Christmas Present is about to give us just that - a present! On December 6th, "The Ghost of Time" will be released in Australia (and possibly New Zealand)! Coming out on the Roadshow Music label and distributed via Warner Music, "The Ghost of Time"'s release will start the countdown to the New Year's Eve celebration! Iva has restructured his classic Australian anthem, "Great Southern Land," into an intricate, multi-layered masterpiece! Blending the old with the new, he has created a seamless, timeless reflection of Australia that will be presented live on New Year's Eve at the Lord Mayor's Ball in Sydney. The performance will take place at the Sydney Opera House, in the forecourt area. The price of admission to this exclusive Ball is quite high ($800-$2000 a ticket)! However, Channel 9 in Australia will be broadcasting the event as part of their 27-hour New Year's telecast. Iva is slated to take the stage at about 11:15-11:18pm at the Opera House. Joining him will be the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Richard Tognetti on electric violin, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Japanese Taiko drummers Rom=Pari, and Guy Pratt, ex-Icehouse bassist.

International viewers may also catch a portion of Iva's performance on the airwaves. A 24-hour televised global event dubbed 2000 Today will feature highlights of major cities around the world as they usher in the year 2000. This is a "Spellbound subscriber specific" list of participating broadcasters (information taken from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's website:
Australia (ABC)
Denmark (TV3, DR)
Fiji (Fiji TV)
Germany (RTL)
Japan (TV Asahi)
Netherlands (NOS)
New Zealand (TV3)
Norway (NRK, TV3)
Poland (TVP)
United Kingdom (BBC)
United States (ABC, PBS)

Iva is venturing onto the Internet! He will be talking with Doug Mulray at www.mulrayfm.com.au on Thursday, December 2nd. They will be chatting in The Basement about "The Ghost of Time" and Iva's upcoming performance. Iva will be bringing along his acoustic guitar and will be performing "Great Southern Land." So, if you are near a computer on December 2nd (or December 1st, depending on your time zone!), make sure you get online for this exciting event! Iva is scheduled to be on Doug Mulray's show at 11:30am AESDT. Please keep in mind that these dates and times are Australian!

Iva will also be giving a few interviews with some of the Melbourne press during the week of November 28 - December 4. More details about these interviews, as well as other recent features, will be covered in the next issue of Spellbound.

We are all in for an exciting time with the release of "The Ghost of Time"! Please remember to start ringing up your local radio stations, if you are a resident of Australia or New Zealand! Request "The Ghost of Time" and let's watch it speed its way up the charts! Also, find out which television station will be carrying the 2000 Today special in your area. Won't it be wonderful to share with the estimated viewing audience of 2.5 billion what we've all known all along? That Iva Davies is a brilliant musician, singer, and composer whose time has come!