Patrice Fisher

Born: February 20, 1951    Primary Instrument: Harp

Patrice Fisher

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. “...
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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
Gene Scaramuzzo of Gambit newspaper gave four umbrellas to Arpa's last performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, it's highest rating, which indicates a “must see” performance. Mr. Scaramuzzo says of Arpa “There are many sides to this local composer/harpist. It's not unusual to see her play a staid classical gig in the morning and a smoky music club at night. Strong rhythms form the undercurrent of her instrumental music with Arpa.”
PATRICE FISHER AND ARPA: "MUSIC OF THE 3 AMERICAS" CD: Original Latin jazz compositions featuring the harp. Recommended if you like Djavan, Guillermo Anderson, Edmar Casteneda. "CREMA DE PAPAYA" CD: Latin jazz and original music on the harp with special guest artists from Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela and Guatemala Recommended if you like Caetano Veloso, Andreas Vollenweider, Carlos Guedes. WANDERINGS-Broken Records, BR 501-Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests: Anthony Carillo & David Ortiz of Puerto Rico, Chiko & Rogerio group of Brazil, Carlos Ponce of Bolivia, Jazz Entre Tres group of Mexico, Guatemalan guitarist, Byron Sosa, Mexican American Poet, Armando Ibanez & the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble. CELTIC MAGIC- Broken Records, BR 702 - Patrice Fisher and the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble, with special guests from France, Ireland, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and California, featuring original music and traditional Celtic music. EMBRACE OF THE HARP-Broken Records, BR499-Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests from Guatemala. Repertoire includes original jazz pieces by Patrice Fisher, Fran Comiskey, Byron Sosa & Erick Malamud, traditional Latin and Irish music. It features fine flute work by Jose Canoura and vocals by Josue Gomez. Two cuts were recorded live at the Guatemalan American Institute in a performance sponsored by the USIS. PASION-Musica Records, 001, Incorpore Foundation with Manuel Obregon Sporadic Jazz Quartet & Marimbas Nicaragua Mia. Folkloric Central American music & jazz. ARPA LATINA-Broken Records-Patrice Fisher & Arpa with Salsa Brava of Guatemala Repertoire includes four original pieces by Patrice Fisher and traditional Latin American and Cuban standards from composers like Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Alberto Dominguez and Juan Luis Guerra, played in a jazz style. Three cuts were recorded live at the Guatemalan American Institute in a performance sponsored by USIS. HARPBEAT-Broken Records BR493-Patrice Fisher and Arpa with Ensamble Acustico Features performances by harpist, Patrice Fisher, pianist, Fran Comiskey and Guatemalan jazz group, Ensamble Acustico. Repertoire includes original pieces by Patrice Fisher, Fran Comiskey, percussionist, Hector Gallardo, Guatemalan guitarist, Erick Malamud and Guatemalan pianist, Roberto Estrada. 3 cuts were recorded live in performance in Guatemala. THE TIGER AND THE HARP-Broken Records JR489-Patrice Fisher and Arpa Contemporary Latin Jazz featuring the compositions of harpist/flutist, Patrice Fisher and pianist, Fran Comiskey, whose influences include harpist, Andreas Vollenweider, Dave Valentin and Mongo Santamaria. 16 musicians collaborated on this magnificent project. SOFTLY STRONG-Broken Records JR1087-Patrice Fisher and Jasmine This Latin jazz recording features compositions by harpist, Patrice Fisher, pianist, Fran Comiskey and vocalist, Angelle Trosclair. Featured musicians include: Patrice Fisher on harp, Tony Dagradi on sax, John Vidacovich on drums, Amilcar Guevara and Fran Comiskey on piano & Curtis Pierre on percussion, with vocalist, Angelle Trosclair. RIO IN NEW ORLEANS-Broken Records JR189-Jasmine with special guests, Casa Samba An exceptional recording, which is the result of the collaboration between Latin jazz group, Jasmine with Patrice Fisher and New Orleans own samba school, Casa Samba, led by Curtis Pierre. Repertoire includes Brazilian carnival music & original music by Patrice Fisher. FOREIGN AFFAIRS-Broken Records 1086-Patrice Fisher and Jasmine This Latin jazz recording features vocals by New Orleans jazz singers, Laverne Butler and Arlee Leonard and Brazilian singer, Edu Alves and sax work by Tony Dagradi . SINGERS-Broken Records BR3885-Patrice Fisher and Jasmine This jazz project features compositions by Patrice Fisher. Guest vocalists, Flora Purim & Laverne Butler, saxophonists, Rick Margitza & Earl Turbinton Jr., drummer, Herlin Riley & percussionist, Rafael Cruz play music by Brazilian composers. NEW ORLEANS PROJECT-Broken Records-JR388-Ensamble Acustico of Guatemala This is a collaborative project involving the Guatemalan group, Ensamble Acustico, with outstanding New Orleans musicians, Tony Dagradi & Mexican pianist, Jorge Mabarak.

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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

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