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Will Fisher

At age 24, drummer & composer Will Fisher has made a name for himself as an emerging voice in the Canadian music scene. Originally from Nova Scotia, Will’s conversational and musical approach to drums has led to performances all over Canada and parts of the United States. Named a ”young, bright light on the cusp of a great career” by CBC Radio, Will is a two-time recipient of the Emerging Music Business Grant from the Nova Scotia Government and prior to this, has received a number of awards including the 2008 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award.

His debut release, Portage from the Will Fisher Coastal Quartet was released in November of 2011 with an accomapnying seven-day release tour in Nova Scotia. The group features an exciting line-up of Canadian jazz artists including: Jon Challoner (Trumpet), Mikko Hilden (Guitar), Mike Downes (Bass) and special guests Nancy Walker and Matt Giffin (Piano). The group blends contemporary jazz with world and roots influences to create a distinctive sound.

Will has had the opportunity to perform with many Canadian artists incluing: Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Jeff Goodspeed, Nathan Hiltz, Jennah Barry, Ian Sherwood, Mary Stewart, Aidan Knight and a Canada- wide tour with Coco Love Alcorn. Currently completing a Masters of Music at the University of Louisville on full-scholarship and having previously studied at Toronto's Humber College, Will has the opportunity to perform with: Eddie Gomez, Lou Donaldson, Terence Blanchard, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Don Thompson and Kirk MacDoanld.


Album Review

Will Fisher: Portage

Read "Portage" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Whereas some drummers lead the charge and others spur on the ensemble from behind, Will Fisher takes the approach of examining the landscape from above and letting his rhythms settle down into the seams between the notes of others. The opening “The Great Karoo" puts this method on display right from word go. Guitarist Mikko Hilden leads with a catchy line that bassist Mike Downes matches step for step. Pianist Nancy Walker adds her voice to the mix, followed by ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Self Produced


The Great Karoo (feat. Nancy Walker)

From: Portage
By Will Fisher

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