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Brent Fischer
arranger I music director I composer I producer I president of Clavo Records I educator

 

History: 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," says Fischer.

Mr. Fischer 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.

Current Credits: 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 Monica, California.


Brent Fischer's arranging and orchestration work has touched the following high profile releases with popular artists to include: D'Angelo's Black Messiah (2014 release) --First single: Really Love, and Elvis 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 October issue

Clare Fischer'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.


photo: Heather Lemmon

"It's not 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

"Having 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

“Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept … I wouldn’t be me if it wasn’t for Clare Fischer.”
– Herbie Hancock

Enjoy Luis Conte with Brent Fischer at the Riviera Jazz Fest 2013 Mexico

Contact: C Artist Management
Claris Dodge
818-427-1675

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Press
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

Watch Brent 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.

Brent Fischer Upcoming Appearances

>>Sat Jan 24, 2015, 1pm and 3pm HotZone at NAMM - Anaheim Convention Center
>>Tuesday, Feb 3, 11:00 AM – 12:00PM in the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater GRAMMY Museum’s Backstage Pass program (private education event)



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