Born: February 20, 1951 Primary Instrument: Harp
Latin jazz harpist & composer, Patrice Fisher, has been performing and recording her own compositions for the past 22 years. She is a graduate of Tulane University, as well as the Wolf Trap Academy for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Creative Music Studio Jazz School in New York. She has recorded 11 albums of original music, including her latest CD, Music of the Three Americas. She has traveled throughout the world, performing at festivals, like the Cancun Jazz Festival, the FestiJazz in La Paz, Bolivia, the Encuentro Jazz Festival in Guatemala and a concert with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Sergipe in Aracaju, Brazil.
The musicians who will be playing with Ms. Fisher, include Betsy Braud -flute, Will Buckingham-bass, Hector Gallardo-percussion, Fran Comiskey-piano, Jose Roberto Moreira-guitar and Carlos Valladares, percussion.
My favorite music is the music of Cuba and Brazil. I like the complex rhythms. The harmony fits well with what the harp is comfortable playing. Latin rhythms are very complicated to play. They are very syncopated, they go against the beat. But that's what makes you want to dance.
Awards:AWARDS Higher Ground Fellowship from Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2006. Sweet Arts Fellowship-New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center,2006 Kennedy Center Performing Arts Calendar-1999-present, touring artist-U.S. State Dept. Artists Mini grant- Louisiana Division of the Arts, for trip to France, 2002 Artists Mini grant- Louisiana Division of the Arts, for trip to Ireland, 2000 Artists Mini grant- Louisiana Division of the Arts, for trip to Costa Rica, 1997 Artists grants- U. S. Information Service for performance in Guatemala, 2008, 2001, 1999,'97, '95,'93,'92,'90,'88,'86. Louisiana State Artists Roster - Teaching and Performing Artist since 2003
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New Orleans, LA
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
TEACHING RESUME HARPIST, FLUTIST, COMPOSER EDUCATION Master of Urban & Regional Planning University of New Orleans, New Orleans, La. 1979. Bachelor of Arts in Music Tulane University, New Orleans, La. 1975. Creative Music Studio Jazz School, Woodstock, New York, 1974 75 Wolf Trap Academy for the Performing Arts Washington, D.C. 1974 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Tulane University-Harp Instructor, 2006 Spring Semester Private Teaching Studio-Harp Instructor, New Orleans, La-1999 to present. North Shore Private Teaching Studio, Mandeville/Covington area.2003-present. Guatemala Harp Teaching Project - 2003 to the present- (32 low income students in Antigua, Guatemala, we go there twice annually for two weeks). Newman Private School-After School Arts Program- Harp Instructor 1997-1999. Tulane University- Student Music Teacher 1973-75 PERFORMING ARTIST RESIDENCY EXPERIENCE LEADING STUDENT HARPISTS Director of the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble (NOCHE), which includes harp students, 2000-present. NOCHE Recent Performances: New Orleans Children's Museum, 5/10/08 Jane Austen Festival, Dew Drop Inn, Mandeville, February 17, 2008 Jane Austen Old English music program, repeated at Trinity Church, New Orleans, 2/24/08 Aldersgate Church, Slidell, 12/9/07 American Harp Society Recital, Tulane University: 11/18/07, 4/6/08, 4/29/07, St. Anthony School Fair, New Orleans, 10/21/07 St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 7/29/07 Very Special Arts Festival Jefferson Parish Public Schools, annually each spring since 2002 Afternoon Tea at Vianne's Tea Salon, Mandeville, La.., monthly with NOCHE since 12/06 St. Andrew's Tea, St. Andrew's Church, New Orleans, La. 5/19/07 Spring Fling, St, Francis Xavier School, Metairie, with Crossroads Irish Dancers, 5/5/07 Tartan Day, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie, La: 4/1/07, 4/5/08, annually since 2004. Bach Around the Clock Festival, Trinity Church, New Orleans, La: 3/24/07, 3/25/06, 3/25/07, 3/29/08 Celebration of Cultures Festival, Jefferson Parish Schools ESL, Lakeside Mall, Metairie, La. 1/27/07 Preservation Resource Center Fundraising Home Tour, New Orleans, La.: 12/9/07, annually since 2004. Historic Lakefront "Christmas Past" Celebration, Mandeville, La.: 12/8/07, annually since 2006 Highlands and Islands Festival, Gulfport, Ms, 11/12/06 Celtic Nations Heritage Festival, Lake Charles, La, 10/15/06, St Anna=s Church, Mission to Musicians, New Orleans, 7/29/06, 4/19/06, Country Day School, New Orleans, La., 7/19/06 Fest For All, Baton Rouge, La., 5/7/06, Rudolph Matas School, Metairie, La. 5/2/06, Art in April Festival, Chalmette, La., 4/29/06, Gerry O=Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, Ms., 4/22/06, Unitarian Church, Fairhope, Al. 4/2/06, Cite des Artes Center, Lafayette, La. 3/12/06 reopening of New Orleans Museum of Art, 3/5/06, Woldenberg Village Senior Center, New Orleans, La., 2/12/06 Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, Vicksburg, Ms., 2/16/06 Trinity Artists Series, Trinity Church, New Orleans, La., 2/5/06, Ville St Marie Senior Center, Harahan, La. 12/15/05 Gerry O=Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, Ms. 12/9/05 I HAVE ATTENDED THE FOLLOWING TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS: Janet Harbison, director of Irish Harp Orchestra, Camden, TN, June, 2007 American Harp Society Summer Institute, Chicago, IL., June, 2007 American Harp Society Summer Institute, San Francisco, CA., June, 2006 Janet Harbison, director of Irish Harp Orchestra, Goderich, Ontario, Canada, June, 2005 Sue Richards, Scottish Harp Society President, Somerset Harp Festival, NJ, June, 2005 International Society of Folk Harpers and Crafstmen, Bloomington, IN, July, 2004 Scottish harpist, Billy Jackson, Swanannoa Celtic Festival, Asheville, NC, July, 2003 Grainne Hambly, soloist with the Belfast Harp Orchestra, 2002, 2003 Elinor Bennett, Welsh Harp Teacher, 2004 KidSmart Art Teacher Training 2003 Maire Ni Chathasaigh, Cairde Na Cruite Irish Harp Festival, Termonfeckin, Ireland, July, 2001