about Matt

 

Known for his versatility, Matt Fisher is rapidly becoming a sought after drummer and percussionist on the London music scene across a diverse range of styles from pop and rock to jazz and orchestral. Having studied with renowned drummers including Martin France and Clark Tracey, Matt has gone on to perform and collaborate with some of the UK’s most prominent musicians such as; Tina May, Abram Wilson, Malcolm Edmonstone, Najma Akhtar, Nikki Illes, Steve Waterman, Anita Wardell, Mark Hodgson, Martin Speake, Mark Lockheart, Geoff Gascoyne, Christine Tobin, Andre Canniere, The London Arts Orchestra, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, The London Jazz Sinfonia Strings, and Bryden Strings. He has played at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals including; Glastonbury, Oxford Jazz Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival, Sculptures By The Lake, Symphony Hall Birmingham, and Pizza Express Jazz Club amongst others. He has also toured and performed in the USA, Morocco, Mexico and across Europe. 


Matt is also experienced in drumming for music theatre and shows he has performed on have included; Guys and Dolls, Godspell, Hot MikadoOn a Clear Day and Stepping Out (studio recording).


He’s worked extensively on television for programmes including; Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Greats and The Restaurant on BBC. He has also appeared on numerous music videos including ‘Gentleman In Squalor’ by the award-winning director Alex Sufit, starring Dexter Fletcher. 


training


Matt received a First Class Honours degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and completed his Masters degree in Jazz Performance at Trinity College of Music, London. His drum teachers included Martin France, Clark Tracey, Elliot Bennett, John Marshall, Peter Fairclough, Gene Calderazzo and Dave Wickins. Matt is currently studying Tabla and Indian percussion with the award-winning multi-percussionist Pete Lockett.  

 

the teacher


In demand as an educationalist, Matt provides regular workshops and lessons on drum kit and percussion. He currently holds a post as visiting Drum Kit Tutor, Jazz Ensemble and Folk Ensemble Coach at St. Benedict’s School in Ealing. As an examiner for Trinity College London, Matt is frequently called upon to examine across the globe, including recent tours to India, Malaysia, South Africa, Italy and the Middle East. He has also worked as an Assistant Tutor for the Trinity Jazz Summer School, and the International French Jazz Summer School. Publications include a transcription book on the drummer Tony Williams (Tony Williams – So What 1964 Jazzwise Publications), featuring for the first time a full transcription and analysis of the drummer’s groundbreaking playing in the live version of ‘So What’ from the classic 1964 Miles Davis album; ‘Four and More’ 

 

current projects


Matt is always busy collaboratively and current projects include    working with singer and world music pioneer Najma Akhtar, the folk band Flekd,  contemporary jazz ensemble en:tropi, Josephine Arthur, and Rebecca Nash’s Atlas. Matt has also just played on a cross-cultural collaboration project with Australia based Chile musician Igor Leadermann and 35 musicians from around the world on a new album called ‘Bridges: A Musical Journey’. The wide range of instruments covered across these projects reflect his versatility, including Drum Set, Cajon, Electronics, Hand Percussion, Tabla, Irish Bodhran, Bongos, Udu Drum, Calabash and the one and only, ‘Washboard!’. Sounds textures and grooves. Matt always brings something interesting to the table.