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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. "

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 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


Camac lever harps: Aziliz electroacoustic, Melusine, Korrigan, Mademoiselle. Lyon & Healy pedal harps: Style 17 & Style 85P


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."
Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


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

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Kat Parra
voice / vocals
Hilary Noble
saxophone, tenor

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