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 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 14 albums of original music, including her latest CD, "Sunset" She has performed at such international festivals as the Cancun Jazz Festival, the Jambalaya Jazz Festival in Ilhabela, Brazil, the Trova Jazz Festival in Guatemala and the Festi Jazz in La Paz, Bolivia and a concert with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Sergipe in Aracaju, Brazil. "

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." The musicians who will be playing with Ms. Fisher, include

Patrice Fisher-harp, Betsy Braud- flute; Fran Comiskey-piano; Roberto Moreira-guitar; Neti Vaan-Violin, Edwin Gonzalez- bass 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.

"I have also always felt drawn to Celtic music. My great great grandfather and my great grandmother came to the U.S. from Antrim, Ireland in during the potato famine of the 1840's. My father always said that my red hair and green eyes reminded him of his mother, Viola, who was the only other instrumental musician in our family. One night I had a dream that a group of Irish dancers came into my room. They began dancing to an Irish jig that I was playing. When I woke up, I wrote "Variations on an Irish Jig."

For more information, please contact Patrice Fisher at or call 504.482.8827

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