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arranger I music director
I composer I producer I president of Clavo Records I educator
Grammy®-winning producer, composer, arranger Brent Fischer credits
his late father, Clare Fischer, for creating the family tradition
of writing and arranging with a rich harmonic palette that has become
the Fischer brand. A multi-instrumentalist (vibes, keys, bass, drums),
Brent Fischer moves easily between Jazz, Pop or Symphonic works.
His arranging credits for pop royalty includes: Usher, Al Jarreau,
Eric Benet, Michael Jackson Elvis Costello & The Roots, D'Angelo.
photo: Wire Images Mark Davis
Brent Fischer music credits are on over 30 million CDs for Pop,
R&B and Jazz royalty such as Usher, Raphael Saadiq, Michael
Jackson, Prince, Al Jarreau, Toni Braxton, Dianne Reeves, to name
a few. Fischer has carved a niche in the world of orchestral arranging,
having worked with father, composer/arranger Clare Fischer for over
three decades. "If artists gave us a simple G Major Triad,
it was up to us to wrap it in the velvet of timeless orchestral
beauty," says Fischer.
Brent Fischer directs the Clare Fischer ensembles and produced the
last six Clare Fischer albums, including the Grammy-nominated "Continuum"
and the 2013 Grammy-winning ¡Ritmo! (Best Latin Jazz Album),
featuring the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band with Poncho Sanchez
and Alex Acuña. Brent arranged two tracks and penned Rainforest,
inspired by nature and Latin rhythms on ¡Ritmo! "It blends
our worldwide music influences with the highly idiomatic aspects
of Latin rhythms and uses sonic colors to continue awareness of
the rainforests that replenish our world in countless ways,"
says Brent, who plays electric basses, vibraphone, marimba, and
keyboards on the CD.
Brent Fischer was immersed in music since birth. Composer Dr. Fischer,
his father, surrounded him with the sounds of a unique harmonic
language that Brent became aware of before he could even speak.
"In a sense, music is really my first language. That's why
working behind the scenes with artists like Paul McCartney, Robert
Palmer, Brandi, George Duke, Joao Gilberto And Carlos Santana has
come so naturally to me," says Brent. From age five Brent took
up many instruments - Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Chapman Stick, Marimba,
and Vibes. In 1988 he earned a Batchelor of Music Degree In Symphonic
Percussion from California State University, Northridge. Working
professionally in the music industry since age 16, Brent Fischer
has enjoyed a wide variety of careers as session player, arranger,
composer, conductor, band director, sound designer, consultant,
book editor, clinician, contractor, and last but not least, a music
ethnologist (performing/recording worldwide with groups from more
than 20 different countries).
Below performing Morning by Clare Fischer with The Clare
Fischer Big Band at Recife 2013
Brent Fischer's orchestral writing offers a timeless quality with
lush and layered strings, and soaring brass and/or woodwinds. His
3-dimensional musical palette uses many colors of highly unusual
or lesser known orchestral instruments effectively and effortlessly
to create a distinct sound for his discerning clients. This coupled
with an unconventional harmonic sense, inspired by his father, truly
sets Brent Fischer's sound apart. "I work on each project with
a deep respect for the artist's musical identity and budgetary requirements.
At the end of the day, it all has to work and sound great,"
offers clinics and/or master classes for Universities and Music
Conservatories on subjects that include:
Expanding your compositional/arranging techniques
Clare Fischer's harmonic concepts for arrangers, composers
and improvisers--an overview of this unique style including specific
techniques with written and audio examples
Latin jazz grooves workshop--open to all musicians for a deeper
understanding of playing idiomatically in these styles
Transcribing complex harmonies for study--techniques for developing
absolute relative pitch (more practical than perfect pitch) and
expanding harmonic vocabulary
My Career with Clare Fischer--Insights into the music industry
-- father and son working history with stellar artists from Dizzy
Gillespie and Cal Tjader to Prince and Michael Jackson. Brent Fischer
is passionate about artist career development and offers a vast
experience managing his father's publishing and recorded music catalogue.
Brent Fischer's composing and arranging prowess appears on the
latest Clare Fischer release from Clavo Records: Pacific Jazz. Listen
below to "Son of A Dad" one of many compositions
penned by Brent.
Also treat yourself
to a jazzy version of the classic Pictures At an Exhibition by Modest
Mussorgsky, arranged by Brent Fischer (the recording available with
The Hr Big Band) where Brent creates a new big band aesthetic for
orchestral music with stunning results. Here The Clare Fischer Big
Band directed by Brent perform the tenth movement of Mussorgsky's
"Pictures at an Exhibition" live from the Typhoon in Santa
Brent Fischer's arranging and orchestration work has touched the
following high profile releases with popular artists to include:
Black Messiah (2014 release) --First single: Really Love,
Costello & The Roots --Five tracks: Cinco Minutos Con
Vos - Costello duet with Marisoul, If I Could Believe,
Refuse To Be Saved, Sugar Won't Work, and (She
Might Be A) Grenade.
Brent Fischer is the Director of the Clare Fischer Bands, which
include: The Clare Fischer Big Band, The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz
Group, The Clare Fischer Jazz Corps, a unique 30 piece ensemble,
and The Clare Fischer Clarinet Choir. Fischer hand picks the members
of each group from amongst the top professional musicians in L.A.
Being busy as a writer means only traveling occasionally with the
bands. "We do what I call 'reverse touring'. Fans worldwide
are notified that, if they want to see us in concert, they should
make it the highlight of a vacation to Southern California - and
they do come, from around the globe, especially for something as
unparalleled as the clarinet choir" says Brent Fischer. studioexrpesso's
legacy continues through Brent, who has shared music with his father
for decades. "I've been recording my Dad for a long time to
make sure we'll have his keyboard parts on future releases. Technology
makes it possible for us to play together on this and future albums,
similar to Natalie Cole's Unforgettable," says Brent.
On September of 2011, Brent produced and directed the highly anticipated
Jazz sessions of his father's two acclaimed groups. The Clare Fischer
Voices "...And Sometimes Instruments" marks the 50th solo
album for the prolific Fischer and "Continuum" with Clare
Fischer Big Band is his 51st. For the new releases Brent assembled
over 30 Jazz legends, including ---Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna, Don
Shelton, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Andy Martin, Scott Whitfield,
Ron Stout, Steve Huffsteter, Carl Saunders and Larry Koonse for
the sesssons at Glenwood Studios in Burbank and at Conway Studios
in Hollywood. "32 musicians, 10 songs, 36 hours of studio time
and 160 gigabytes of Protools tracks later we have enough material
for 2 CDs," says Brent Fischer.
The music consists of previously unreleased compositions and arrangements
written for big band by Clare Fischer plus Brent Fischer originals
and arrangements of Clare's songs that the elder Fischer asked his
son to write. "What sets this project apart is the writing.
It blends skillful craftsmanship with musical credibility,"
says noted music journalist Don Heckman. "Plus with so many
exotic brass and woodwind instruments like alto horn and contrabass
clarinet, you're going to hear an unparalleled variety of aural
colors," says Brent Fischer.
just about selling music digitally on-line," says Fischer,
"but also developing new ways to monetize original content
non-exclusively so artists keep all rights to their music"
-- Brent Fischer
absorbed my style over the decades, he (Brent) is uniquely qualified
to direct these recordings, in some cases finishing works for me
so that, at my
age, I can just listen and enjoy."
-- Clare Fischer
Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept
be me if it wasnt for Clare Fischer.
Luis Conte with Brent Fischer at the Riviera Jazz Fest 2013 Mexico
Contact: C Artist Management
Fischer and Clare Fischer music Available at ClareFischer.com, CD
2014 Grammy Win for Music For Strings, Percussion And
The Rest Featuring The Clare Fischer Orchestra Conducted by Dr Clare
Fischer, Gary Foster and Brent Fischer
2014 New Elvis Costello &
The Roots Album Features Brent Fischer Orchestra Arranged and Conducted
by Brent Fischer EPK
Fischer Orchestra featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Sept
19, 2013 with
Elvis Costello & The Roots (Brent conducting at 4:46)
2013 Grammy win for ¡RITMO! - Best
Latin Jazz Album, produced and directed by Brent Fischer- EPK
Listen to Red
Bull Music Academy Radio Interview with Brent and legendary
father, Dr Clare Fischer.
Jan 24, 2015, 1pm and 3pm HotZone
at NAMM - Anaheim Convention Center
>>Tuesday, Feb 3, 11:00 AM 12:00PM in the GRAMMY Museums
Clive Davis Theater GRAMMY Museums Backstage Pass program
(private education event)
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