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Brent Fischer Arranger I Composer I MD I Producer I President of Clavo Records I Educator
Grammy®-winning producer, composer, arranger Brent Fischer credits
his legendary father,
Dr Clare Fischer, for creating a rich harmonic and orchestrational
palette that has become the Fischer brand. A BMI artist, Brent Fischer's
modern interpretation, for big band, of Mussogsky’s classic, Pictures At an Exhibition has delighted audiences worldwide and creates a new big band aesthetic for
orchestral music with stunning results. Recorded in 2021, the album featuring The Brent Fischer Orchestra (BFO), is available here. Enjoy below making of Pictures VPK. Press Release here
A multi-instrumentalist (bass, vibes, keys, drums), Brent moves
easily between Jazz, R&B, Pop or Symphonic works. His arranging
credits appear on over 30 million albums to include: Usher, Michael
Jackson, Raphael Saadiq, Prince, Al Jarreau, Toni Braxton, Dianne
Reeves, Elvis Costello & The Roots, D'Angelo. "When artists
give me a simple G Major Triad, I like to wrap it in a velvety timeless
orchestral beauty," says Fischer.
In 2016 Brent arranged and orchestrated the Grammy® Record of
The Year for D'Angelo's "Really
Love" from his album "Black Messiah" where Brent
is also listed as one of the producers.
Acclaimed Root's drummer and creative Ahmir "Questlove"
Thompson enlisted the talents of Brent
Fischer - a member of the original arranger team behind Prince - to
arrange selected music titles into 35 orchestral shows presented
by Live Nation Urban in 2018 dubbed:4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.
4U made history as "the first and only official Estate approved
orchestral presentation of Prince's music." "In that respect, it feels completely apropos for the production
to welcome Fischer's orchestral arranging talents and production
experience," says Questlove.
Notably, Brent and his late father Dr. Clare Fischer collaborated
directly with Prince throughout three decades. Among countless classic
recordings, their distinct sonic fingerprint can be felt on Sign
O' The Times, Graffiti Bridge, and Parade as well
as on the big-screen in Under The Cherry Moon and Batman.
Cited as one of the "GRAMMY® Seminal Moments" by show
producer Ken Ehrlich, the father-and-son duo co-wrote the arrangement
that powered the famous 2004 "Prince Medley" as the younger
Fischer joined Beyoncé and Prince as an orchestra percussionist
during the ceremony.
Brent Fischer has produced the last nine Clare Fischer albums,
including: Pacific Jazz (2014) with Clare Fischer Big Band, and Latin Jazz Big Band ¡Intenso!
featuring: Sheila E. and Roberta Gambarini. Grammy®-winning
'¡Ritmo!' (2012 Best Latin Jazz Album feat Poncho Sanchez
and Alex Acuña), Grammy®-winning Music for Strings,
Percussion and the Rest (2013 Best Instrumental Composition)
and Grammy®-nominated 2011 release Continuum.'
Brent arranged 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.
2018 saw the release of Colours of Sound - A new collaboration
between Melbourne-based pianist Simon Pilbrow and Brent Fischer.
Mr Fischer has a Degree In Symphonic Percussion from California
State University, Northridge and offers clinics and/or master classes.
the Clare Fischer ensembles that include: Big Band, Latin Jazz Group,
Jazz Corps (a unique 30-piece ensemble), Organ Quintet, and Clarinet
Working professionally in the music industry since age 16, Brent
Fischer has performed with groups from more than 20 different countries
on 10 different instruments.
Brent Fischer was immersed in music since birth, taking up many
instruments from age 5.
"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.
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,"
+ The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group were featured at the 2018 Latin
Jazz series at LACMA (Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art), Santos
Festival in Brazil, and numerous other live engagements. Dr Clare
Fischer's legacy continues through Brent, who has shared music with
his legendary father for decades and contributes to the West Coast
Jazz sounds with all-original material carved by the likes of Cal
Tjader and the elder 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.
composing and arranging prowess appears on the latest Clare Fischer
release from Clavo Records: Pacific Jazz. Listen to "Son
of A Dad and Sad About Nothing Blues, two of many compositions penned by Brent.
Fischer's arrangement of the classic Pictures At an Exhibition by
Modest Mussorgsky. Listen
to The Clare Fischer Big Band perform the tenth movement live from
the Typhoon in Santa Monica, California. Album recorded in 2021 is available here
Brent Fischer's arranging and orchestration work has touched the
following high profile releases with popular artists to include: D'Angelo's
Black Messiah --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.
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
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.
For his recordings Brent Fischer has assembled many 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.
"What sets these projects apart is the writing. It blends skillful
craftsmanship with musical credibility," says noted music journalist
Don Heckman about Fischer recordings.
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 I wouldnt
be me if it wasnt for Clare Fischer. Herbie Hancock
Fischer's capable hands, it seems the music of Clare Fischer will
live on for years to come, in a big-band paradigm or some other
framework. And that's a good thing for musicians and listeners alike.
Pacific Jazz exudes a charm that ensnares both heart and mind."
Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
Conte with Brent Fischer at the Riviera Jazz Fest 2013 Mexico
>> 2021 Believe In Music TV - Arranging Across Multiple Genres with Brent Fischer
January 22,23 - sign up here
Celebrates 90 Years of Fischer West Coast Jazz! >>Summer
Jazz Series @ LACMA
West Coast Jazz Salute to Cal Tjader + Clare Fischer
Brent Fischer, MD I Elect bass; featuring Joey De Leon, Percussion;
Mark Gasbarro, Keyboards; Alex Budman, Woodwinds; Jimmy Branly,
Watch it here
>>Colours Of Sound with the
Brent Fischer Orchestra new album release feat Australian
native, jazz pianist Simon
at Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club
>> Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group Carloson's Golf 73741 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 9226
>> Guest speaker at NAMM TEC Tracks 2018: ALL ABOUT THAT BASS (details
Hilton, Anaheim, CA
>> Typhoon, Santa
Monica Brent Fischer + Clare Fischer Big Band
>> Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group Salute to
Fischer I Tjader Music
>> GRAMMY Museums Clive
Davis Theater Fischer & Prince Collaboration
>> Reciff, Mexico
>>2013 Recife, Brazil performing at the Moacir Santos Jazz Festival
The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group at Jazz Fest