Known for his versatility, Matt Fisher is a sought after drummer and percussionist based in London. Matt has performed and collaborated with some of the UK’s most prominent musicians such as; Tina May, Jacqui Dankworth, Najma Akhtar, Nikki Illes, Steve Waterman, Anita Wardell and Christine Tobin. Working in a variety of styles from pop and rock, to jazz and orchestral, Matt has toured and performed around the world including; India, USA, Morocco, Mexico and across Europe. Matt is endorsed by Kandu Percussion.
As well as having a busy performing schedule, Matt is Head of Percussion at Bryanston School, drum kit tutor at the University of Chichester, and an examiner for Trinity College London. Publications Matt has written 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’. Matt has contributed articles to the Modern Drummer Magazine (USA) and is a product reviewer for Rhythm Magazine (UK).
Matt is always busy collaboratively and current projects include; Dee Byrne’s Entropi, a multi-percussion and piano duo with Australian pianist David Dower, and Rebecca Nash’s Atlas. The wide range of instruments covered across these projects reflects his versatility, including drum set, cajon, electronics, hand percussion, tabla and the one and only, washboard. Sounds textures and grooves, Matt always brings something interesting to the table.
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. Matt has also studied Tabla and ethnic percussion with the award-winning multi-percussionist Pete Lockett. His drum teachers have included Martin France, Clark Tracey, Elliot Bennett, John Marshall, Peter Fairclough, Gene Calderazzo and Dave Wickins.
“Matt Fisher is rapidly becoming one of the first call drummers on the London scene. Known for his versatility on both drum set and percussion, he never fails to impress me with his endeavours.” – Pete Lockett
“Matt Fisher is a really versatile and very dynamic drummer – a joy to work with.” – Tina May
“Matt’s wonderful skill, sensitivity and versatility as a multi-percussionist has allowed me to successfully explore my own musical journey especially on my ‘Five Rivers’ project’. Not only is Matt a fantastic person but also a very accommodating flexible
Live performance credits include:
Abram Wilson, Alec Dankworth, Anita Wardell, Christine Tobin, Ed Jones, Geoff Gascoyne, Henry Lowther, Jacqui Dankworth, Khiyo, Liam Noble, Malcolm Edmonstone, Mark Hodgson, Mark Lockheart, Martin Speake, Mehboob Nadeem, Najma Akhtar, Nick Smart, Nikki Illes, Pete Churchill, Phil Robson, Simon Spillett, Steve Waterman, Tammy Weiss, The London Jazz Sinfonia Strings, Terry Dene, Tina May, Trudy Kerr.
Music festivals and concert venues include:
Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD, London Jazz Festival, Kings Place, Southbank Centre, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Symphony Hall, Priddy Folk Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Kunstfabrik Schlot (Berlin), Depot 48 (Delhi), Oxford Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Tea House (Bulgaria), Sculptures By The Lake, Llangollen Festival, Walthamstow Folk Festival, Bansko International Jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival.
TV and radio appearences include:
Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Greats (Tiger Aspect for Channel 4), The Restaurant (BBC), Jazz FM, BBC Radio 3, Solar Radio, BBC Radio 2, Jazz London Radio, Peter Slavid Radio Show, Radio Reverb, Radio Winchcombe.
Educational work include:
Chichester University (Associate Lecturer 2019-present) Bryanston School (Head of Percussion 2018 – present), Royal College of Music Junior Department (Deputy / Associate Teacher 2018 – present), St. Benedict’s School (Teacher and ensemble coach 2008-18), Blackheath Prep School (Introduction to Japanese Taiko Drumming 2018).