PATRICE FISHER BIOGRAPHY World Music harpist & composer, Patrice Fisher, has been performing and recording her own compositions since 1971. She is a graduate of Tulane University, Wolf Trap Academy for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. & the Creative Music Studio Jazz School in New York. She has recorded 10 albums of original music, including her latest CD, 'Wanderings,' featuring musicians from New Orleans, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico & Puerto Rico. She has traveled throughout the world, performing at festivals, like the Cancun Jazz Festival, the Latin American Artist Encounter in Caracas, Venezuela & Encuentro Jazz Festival in Guatemala. 'Although I have a bachelor's degree in music & composition, I have always focused my work on jazz. I have worked as a professional jazz musician in Louisiana since 1975. In 1980, I saw a public television special on the music of Brazil. I traveled there & began collecting Brazilian music. I played in a group called Sounds of Brazil with musicians from Cuba & I also studied Cuban music. My studies of Cuban & Brazilian music have had a profound effect on my own compositions.' Patrice's family is of celtic ancestry. She studied Celtic music with Grainne Hambly, soloist with the Belfast Harp Orchestra, Scottish harpist, Billy Jackson, Breton harpists, Elisa Vellianiti & Cecile Korbel & Irish harpist, Maire Ni Chathasaigh of Cairde Na Cruite Irish Harp Society. She was a student of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra harpist, Rachel Van Voorhees. She has been playing the harp at afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton Hotel since 2000. She has a large repertoire of traditional Celtic music.
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