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Fairy Tales

by Jeffrey Fisher

Three delightfully dramatic classical compositions take you on a musical tour of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved tales: “The Red Shoes,” “Inchellina” and “The Little Mermaid.”
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dance of the Butterfly Children / Dance of the Faeries
4:18 $0.99
2. Return of the Butterfly Children
2:12 $0.99
3. The Mad Cobbler
2:10 $0.99
4. Village Scene
3:51 $0.99
5. Sneaking Out/Pretty Shoes For Dancing
2:05 $0.99
6. The Red Shoes
5:52 $0.99
7. The Spell
3:33 $0.99
8. Birthday Party in the Underwater Kingdom
4:39 $0.99
9. The Drowning Prince/Rescue from the Storm
1:07 $0.99
10. Love Scene/ Interuption by Land People
2:54 $0.99
11. The Sea Witch
3:33 $0.99
12. Mermaid Goes to the Ball/ Love or Death
5:33 $0.99
13. Happy Ending
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jeffrey A. Fisher
Biography

While composer Jeffrey A. Fisher’s upbringing in the greater Palm Springs area was modest, it was clear to everyone around him that his life would be anything but ordinary. Even as a toddler, his desire and ability to focus on practicing art and music foretold the beginnings of the modern-day Renaissance man he is today.

His childhood talent for musicianship led to success as a prolific composer and performer, but he was never limited to music. As a teen, writing everything from poetry to relativity theory papers filled his days; as a young man, his quest to be well-rounded led him to become an artist, Reiki healer and teacher of T'ai Chi Chu'an.

Fisher’s proficiency in multiple arts is rooted in his ability to focus deep on the heart of the work at hand. Currently, it is an immersion in composing for the ballet that holds the majority of his interest. In 2006, Fisher was commissioned to compose several ballet pieces for the San Gorgonio Ballet’s world premiere of “Hans Christian Andersen: A Storybook Come to Life.” His ballets for “The Red Shoes,” “Thumbelina,” and “The Little Mermaid” are to be performed by the Company at Palm Springs’ Annenberg Theater in October 2006. Fisher produced a CD of the ballet music, geared to both children and adults, to be sold via various websites and as digital downloads.

Prior to working with the San Gorgonio Ballet, Fisher spent over a decade immersed in the art, music and theater world of Taos, New Mexico. During that time, he merged his music and theater backgrounds as Musical Director for “A Christmas Carol” at the Taos Children’s Theater. His life in Taos also provided outlets for Fisher’s love of art and performing; by day, he owned a local art gallery, and by night he performed music at local venues such as the Sad Café and the historic Plaza Hotel. Fisher was a founding member of the reknowned Evidence Quartet, which steadily played jazz in Taos and popularized the music of Thelonius Monk. He also had the honor of perfoming with jazz great Frank Morgan and Spanish music legend Antonio Apodaca during that period.

In the mid-1990s, Fisher founded his recording label -- Healing Music of the Southwest -- and recorded six albums of neo-classical music for healing and massage background. A particularly notable album -- “Triumph of the Spirit” -- was composed as a collaboration with the painter Charles Collins, to accompany his visionary paintings. Promotion for that album, released in 1996, led Fisher back to his love of traveling and playing music at shows and festivals across the U.S.

On tour, he revisited many of the towns he had seen as a musician and beatnik poet in the 1970s, following his theatrical studies at Pomona College and NYU’s School of the Performing Arts. Back then, he had gained experience on New York’s “off” and “off-off” Broadway scene and at summer stock as composer, director, stage carpenter and scenic artist for everything from light shows to major opera companies before hitting the road. Along the way, he met multitudes of accomplished musicians. The musical education Fisher had received as a child -- on piano, trumpet, French horn, euphonium, drums, percussion, bassoon and saxophone -- was underscored in adulthood with advanced study in piano, percussion, vibraphone, composing, arranging and film scoring. But such formal training served merely as the foundation for what he considers his true music education, studying with the musicians and composers he met on the road from New York to San Francisco, Taos and Southern California.

Over the past thirty years, he developed a reputation around the country as an innovative and talented musician, playing in such diverse groups as Trio Jalapeno and the Evidence Quartet, Achyutan, the Charles Connally Texas Blues Band, the Frank Morgan Quartet, folksinger Sun-Day Martinez, Fred Marshall's Delta 9 and Dope Wash. He has performed in cities from San Francisco to Buffalo, New York, at the Las Vegas (New Mexico) Peoples' Faire, the Monterey Rota Crystal Festival, San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, the Palace Hotel, the Sad Cafe and the Taos Inn. In time, he developed a particular affinity for string bass and piano, and is the doting owner of a 1959 Steinway that has traveled the country with him via flatbed truck and mobile home. There is also a lovely string bass from 1848 France that survived the wrath of an ex-wife, and took six years to restore to its current glory.
It can be said that, throughout his storied career, composition has been Fisher’s greatest love. He consistently composed music for a plethora of vocal and jazz groups, and for his own solo performances. It was in Taos that Fisher was commissioned to compose a symphonic tone poem, a woodwind symphony and a string quartet; to date, his collected compositions include works for orchestra, string quartet, marching band, jazz and vocal arrangements, piano, string bass and woodwind ensemble. Recently, in Southern California, he has performed solo concerts of his own compositions at Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens, as well as other venues.
Currently, Fisher is focused on composing specifically for ballet, the Hans Christian Andersen-inspired pieces being his first full-length ballets to be performed. Active promotion of the accompanying CD is underway, and may lead to a series of live promotional appearances in 2007.
Fisher attributes his ability to maintain his ongoing flow of inspiration and productivity to living a balanced life with integrity. He is a working man’s composer, valuing physical work and eschewing creature comforts or distractions when necessary. He bucked hay for a living upon arriving in New Mexico and built a house off the grid (solar energy only) in a canyon in the San Jacinto Mountains; he now channels his physical energy into practicing and teaching Ta’i Chi Chu’an, as well as, Reiki and Reflexology. As a writer, he is the author of a book on Chinese philosophy and martial arts, titled Tai Chi Basics, and five volumes of poetry. He lives quietly in his canyon with his wife,Nancy, four hens, a mean rooster and a teenager.


For more information or interviews, contact: Jeffrey Fisher jf.riverworld@yahoo.com; 951-236-9981

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Ryan Young

RENAISSANCE MAN JEFFREY FISHER RELEASES NEO-CLASSICAL CD FAIRY TALES
Jeffrey Fisher’s press materials calls him a “Renaissance Man,” and it is true that he is a painter with museum exhibits, a poet with five books, and a t’ai chi instructor (with a philosophy and instructional book published). As a musician he has six previous new age meditational-and-healing-oriented CDs. But now comes a completely different recording. Fairy Tales is a contemporary classical project, all composed by Fisher. The sounds are that of a symphony orchestra (and parts thereof), but he created it al on synthesizer (which is the cost-effective way to do this type of classical music these days).

The music was originally commissioned to score an adult and children ballet called “Hans Christian Andersen” that showcased three of this writer’s most-famous children’s stories: “Thumbellina,” “Red Shoes” and “The Mermaid,” all of which have had movies made of them over the years.

The music works as neo-classical. Fisher makes it sound so easy, you wonder why more current-day composers don’t try their hand at orchestral music. If you are tired of classical music’s big three B’s (Beethoven, Bach and Brahms), you might want to try this out as a contemporary counterpart. Or if you like the idea of new classical music for children (or families to enjoy together), then check this out.
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