PATRICE FISHER

 

RESUME - HARPIST, FLUTIST, COMPOSER

Address: 921 Stewart Ct.

 New Orleans, La. 70119

Telephone: (504) 482-8827, E Mail: ecoslatinos@gmail.com

Website: http://www.patricefisher.com

 

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

 

TOURING HISTORY, FESTIVALS & MAJOR CONCERTS


STIMMA Concert, Suchitoto, El Salvador, 2011, composer, Performer, Teacher with Arpas En Armonia

Huron Harp Ensemble, Goderich, Canada, 2011, composer, Performer, Teacher with Huron Harp Ensemble

Jazz at Tahlbonhoff, Eschweiler, Germany, 2011, featured composer and Performer with Klaus Lumma

Art Therapy Conference-Wermelskirchen, Germany, 2011, featured composer and Performer with Klaus Lumma

HarpCon 2010, St. Louis, MO, featured soloist & teacher, with Arpa quartet

Washington Area Folk Harp Society, Annual Concert, 2010, featured soloist & teacher, with Arpa quartet

American Harp Society National Conference, Detroit, MI, 2008, featured clinician and composer.

Festival Centro Historico, Guatemala City, annually 2007 to present, featured soloist.

Ascona Jazz Festival, Ascona, Switzerland, 2008, featured video artist/producer, “Spirit of New Orleans Music.”

Sergipe Jazz Festival, Aracaju, Brazil, annually 2007-present, featured soloist w/ Chiko & Rogerio Brazilian group

Orquestra Sinfonica de Sergipe, Aracaju, Brazil, 2004/05, featured soloist  w/ Chiko & Rogerio group

Louisiana State University, 2005, Baton Rouge, La., with Chiko & Rogerio Brazilian music group

Somerset Harp Festival, Somerset New Jersey, 2004 with Bernie Minoso & Mario Ordonez

TrovaJazz International Festival, Guatemala City, 2004 with Chiko & Rogerio & Lenin Fernandez

Riverfest, Alexandria, Louisiana . 2005 w/Chiko & Rogerio, 2004, w Carlos Ponce,

Fest For All, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, annually 2004 to present, featured soloist/composer,

FestiJazz, La Paz, Bolivia- 2003 with Carlos Ponce, Bolivian Panpipes player

Teatro Tobias Barretto, Aracaju, Brazil-  2007, 2003 with Chiko and Rogerio Brazilian music group

HarpCon 2003 Festival- 2003, Bloomington Indiana, Intl. Society of Folk Harpers w/ Neal Hellman

Encounter of Latin American Artists, 2002, Caracas, Venezuela, with Daniel Reina, Venezuelan Tres

Le Cadron Breton Club, 2002, Paris France, with Tornaod French Celtic group

Jazz concerts-2002, Teatro Atheneu,  Yazigi School Aracaju, Brazil, w/ Chiko & Rogerio

Ingolstadt Jazz Festival-2001, Ingolstadt, Germany, featured performer with Betsy Braud, flutist

Jazz Encuentro Festival-2001,1998,97,'96,'95,'90,'88,'86 IGA & National Theaters, Guatemala

Dominican Artists Series, 2000, Santa Sabina Convent, Rome, Italy, with poet, Armando Ibanez

Ronain Hall- 2000, Inismoor, Aran Islands, Ireland with Danny O'Flaherty

Jefferson Performing Arts Society-2000, Metairie, La. featured soloist with Danny O'Flaherty

Bach Around the Clock Festival-1999-present, performance in 2000-featured on National Public Radio

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival-annually from 1980 to the present, with Arpa

French Quarter Festival- annually from 1988-present, New Orleans, La. with Arpa

See page 4 for more Festivals.

 

HAVE PERFORMED WITH THE FOLLOWING JAZZ MUSICIANS:

Arpa, original Latin Jazz group

Chiko & Rogerio group, Aracaju, Brazil

Cubavana, music group, Havana, Cuba

Steve Masakowski-Blue Note Record artist

Laverne Butler-Chesky Records vocalist

Tony Dagradi-Rounder Records saxophonist

Hector Infanzon-pianist & Quartet, Mexico

Harry Connick Jr-Columbia Records vocalist

Editus Trio-Costa Rica  

Victor Mendoza- vibraphone,Boston,MA

Jasmine, original Latin Jazz group

Duo Colibri music group, Guatemala

Anthony Carrillo, Puerto Rican percussionist

Manuel Obregon, pianist, Costa Rica

Ensamble Acustico-Guatemala

Ensamble de Percusion-Guatemala

Downbeats jazz group-Mexico

Oriente Afro Cuban jazz group, Miami

Jorge Mabarak, pianist-Mexico

Ruben Gonzalez-Cuban Singer

 


                   COMPOSER-ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS RECORDED BY

Arpa Latin jazz group, Broken  Records

Jasmine Latin jazz group, Broken Records

Sounds of Brasil-Broken Records

Laverne Butler, Vocalist, Chesky Records

Ensamble Acustico-Broken Records

Manuel Obregon-Incorpore Foundation

 

HAVE PERFORMED WITH THE FOLLOWING CLASSICAL MUSICIANS:

Soloist with the New Orleans Civic Symphony-1998-"Meditation from Thais"

Regularly perform in Chamber Music groups with:

Karen Rose, Violin

Sun Kim, Violin

David Rosen, Cello

Pete Wolbrette, Trumpet

Anne Chabrek, Flute

Helen Gillet, Cello

                                               

PRODUCER-HARPTALK RADIO SERIES, 2009 to present

STEADY ENGAGEMENTS IN HOTELS-NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans Ritz Carleton Hotel-Steady Engagement Harpist, Afternoon Tea, 2000-2003

Windsor Court Hotel-Steady Engagement Alternate Harpist, Afternoon Tea, 1990-2005

Le Pavillon Hotel-Steady Engagement Harpist, Afternoon Tea, 1998-2000

Sheraton Hotel-steady engagement, Arpa Latin jazz group, Lobby, 1998, '97, '96 & '87

Hotel Intercontinental-Steady engagement harp & violin duo, Les Continents Restaurant,1986-87

Hilton Hotel-Steady Engagment harp & violin duo, Winston's restaurant, 1979-1986

 

PRIVATE PARTIES AT THE FOLLOWING HOTELS-NEW ORLEANS:

Le Meridien Hotel

Fairmont Hotel

Royal Orleans Hotel

St. Louis Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Marriott Hotel,

Royal Sonesta Hotel

Ponchartrain Hotel

Chateau Sonesta Hotel

Columns Hotel

Westin Hotel

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Raddisson Hotel

Maison Dupuy Hotel

Hilton Hotel

           

PRIVATE PARTIES AT THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANTS-NEW ORLEANS AREA:

Arnaud’s Restaurant

Bayona's Restaurant

Andrea's Restaurant

Harrah's Casino

Antoine's Restaurant

White Oak Plantation

Court of Two Sister's

Brennan's Restaurant

Louis XVI Restaurant

Vaquero's Restaurant

Oak Alley Plantation

Treasure Chest Casino

Arnaud's Restaurant

Knottaway Plantation

Southern Yacht Club

Beau Rivage Casino

                       

NIGHTCLUBS-NEW ORLEANS

Snug Harbor

House of Blues

Maple Leaf Bar

Tipitina's

Dream Palace

Muddy Waters

Cafe Brasil

Carrollton Station

Sounds of Brazil

Jimmy's

Cafe Istanbul

Tyler's

NIGHTCLUBS-OUTSIDE NEW ORLEANS

Paradiso Club, Hamburg, Germany

Sherlock's, Guatemala City, Guatemala

La Bamba, Veracruz, Mexico

La Casona, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Studio Rivbea, New York City

Town Hall, Woodstock, New York

Hotel Camino Real, Guatemala City

M's Fine & Mellow  Cafe, Baton Rouge, La.

Rio Palace Hotel-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

El Chisme nightclub, Panajachel, Guatemala

Hotel Panchoy, Antigua, Guatemala

Tio Pepe's, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

El Patio, Havana Vieja, Cuba

Stone Soup Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

La Bodeguita, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Antler's, Lafayette, La.

Jefferson Cafe, Lafayette, La.

Ritz Hotel, Guatemala City, Guatemala

 


CHURCHES-NEW ORLEANS

St. Louis Cathedral

Word of Faith Church

St. Joseph Church

Woodland Presbyterian

St. Jerome  Church

St. Charles Baptist Church

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Jesuit Church

First Methodist Church

St. Clement of Rome Church

Prince of Peace Church

St. Francis Cabrini Church

Holy Name Cathedral

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Pius X Church

Rogers Memorial Chapel

St. Leo the Great Church

Touro Synagogue

 

                       

DISCOGRAPHY

SUNSET, BR 410- Broken Records, BR 807-Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests, Chiko & Rogerio of Brazil, Javier Cabrera, Miguel Martinez-Xalapa, Mexico, Angel Rios & Bodoma Garifuna group of Honduras

 

MUSIC OF THE 3 AMERICAS- Broken Records, BR 807-Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests, Chiko & Rogerio of Brazil, soloists from the Ilhabela, Brazil Big Band, Angel Rios and Garifuna group of Honduras,

 

CREMA DE PAPAYA-Broken Records, BR 504-Patrice Fisher & Arpa with special guests, Chiko & Rogerio of Brazil, Carlos Ponce group of Bolivia, Paulo Alvarado of Guatemala, Mexican American Poet, Armando Ibanez

           

CELTIC MAGIC -Broken Records- BR 704- New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble, with Cecile Corbel-Harp- France, Kim Robertson-Harp, Grainne Hambly-Harp, Ireland, Neal Hellman-Dulcimer- California, Carlos Ponce- panpipe flute -Bolivia, Chiko & Rogerio group-Brazil

 

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

 

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.

 

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 Brazilian music by Jobim, Toquinho & de Moraes.

 

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.

 

TROPICAL BREEZE-Inner City Records IC 1155-Patrice Fisher and Jasmine.The first album by this outstanding Latin jazz group, led by harpist, Patrice Fisher, features the late drum master, James Black, jazz poet, Ron Cuccia, vocalist, Cassandra Wilson &  flutist, Kent Jordan

 

OTHER FESTIVALS

Cancun Jazz Festival-1999, Cancun, Mexico with Arpa

Caire de Na Cruite Irish Harp Festival - 2000, Termonfeckin, Ireland. student recital

Junio Musical Festival-1999, University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Mexico with Orbis Tertius

Jazz concert, soloist with Editus trio & Manuel Obregon, San Jose, Costa Rica,1997-99

Swannanoa Celtic Festival-2001, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina, student recital

Fiesta Tropicale-1999, (Mardi Gras in Miami) with Oriente Afro-Cuban jazz group

Cesar Chavez Cultural Center-1999, University of North Colorado, with Dexter Payne

Festival of Jazz of San Miguel de Allende-1994, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico-guest soloist

New Jazz from New Orleans-1986-Public Theater, New York, N.Y. with Jasmine

Jazz concert, Convento Las Capuchinas & Casa de La Cultura, Antigua, Guatemala, 1997

Jeff Fest-1997 with Arpa, 1994 guest soloist with Oriente, Afro Cuban jazz group, Metairie, La

Downtown Alive-1988, Lafayette, La. with Jasmine

Carnaval Latino-1992, 93, 94, New Orleans, La. with Arpa

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival-Vaquero's, New Orleans, 1996 with the Latin Jazz All Stars

New Music from New Orleans-1987-At My Place, Santa Monica, Ca. with Jasmine

New Music from New Orleans-1987-Kevy J's, Austin, Texas, with Jasmine

 

                                                                                                AWARDS

Higher Ground Fellowship- Jazz at Lincoln Center/Baton Rouge Area Foundation to support original works, 2006

Sweet Arts Fellowship -New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center to support original works, 2006

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery- equipment replacement grant, 2006

Kennedy Center Performing Arts Calendar- sponsored touring artist by 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 Touring grant- United States Information Service for performance in Guatemala, 2001,1999 ‘97,’95, 93, 92,                                                                 

MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS

American Harp Society - President of New Orleans Chapter - 2001-present

Musicians for Music - founder in 1976 & Development Director 1976-present

Ecos Latinos Performance & Television Series - Producer 1993- present

Celtic Nations Heritage Foundation - grant writer 2000 - present

Louisiana Jazz Federation - founder in 1980 & Treasurer from 1980-1999

New Orleans French Quarter Festival - grant writer 1994-96

Suzuki Parents Forum - grant writer 1992-95

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation - grant writer 1990-91

WWOZ Public Radio Station - grant writer 1983

WWNO Public Radio Station - grant writer 1979-82

New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center - Music Coordinator 1978-79