Garrett Fisher’s music-driven, theatrical world combines opera, dance, Indian raga, Noh theater, visual design and film which The New York Times describes as ”fusions that have both a ritualistic intensity and an improvisatory freedom . . . a groundbreaking hybrid . . . a strong, unified and strikingly individual utterance of unambiguous beauty.” Based on a collaborative process that allows performers their own interpretations, his pieces cohesively integrate a diversity of influences and defy any specific genre or tradition.
Since 1994, Fisher has created 13 full-length pieces based on historical and mythical figures, completing a cycle called MYTHOS. Wall Street Journal critic Brett Campbell writes: “Among American composers of his generation, Garrett stands out because of the way he’s assimilated such diverse global musical and other artistic influences into a distinctive, original, yet listener-friendly sound. And he’s successfully created a strong collaborative process for making multimedia productions that may be a sustainable model for independent twenty-first-century American composers.”
Fisher has also been a pioneer in the new genre of web opera, beginning with The Passion of Saint Sebastian, which was the focal point of the 2010 Armchair Internet film competition in which 89 participants from 13 countries each submitted a film based on the soundtrack. In 2011, Fisher continued this exploration with his web opera Psyche, in which he partnered with 4 filmmakers to create a dynamic film version of this opera. Presented episodically over a two-week period, Psyche reached over 18,000 viewers worldwide and created an opportunity for audience members to experience his music in a completely new way. He is currently at work on his film Box of Beauty, based on his soundtrack, screenplay and storyboards, which he plans to release in 2017.
His work has been presented at On the Boards, Consolidated Works, and the Nippon Kan Theater in Seattle, as well as ACT Theatre, where his opera Yoshinaka (a collaboration with Noh legend Munenori Takeda from Tokyo) was premiered to a sold-out mainstage; in New York City at HERE Arts Center, Galapagos Arts Space (where his opera KOCHO was produced by Beth Morrison Projects), and Judson Memorial Church; in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University; and by EOS Opera in Köln, Germany. He has been interviewed by WNYC, KUOW, NewMusicBox, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He received a “Best of ’08” award from Seattle Magazine for Psyche (which received the support of a 4culture Site Specific Grant). The Passion of Saint Thomas More, on the BIS label (Sweden), received a 10/10 from Classics Today and was re-released as part of a 30 year/30 recording commemorative set. He has received commissions from CrossSound (Alaska), House of Dames, AC Petersen Dance, and the Esoterics (Seattle), and has received support from 4culture, the Allied Arts Foundation, ASCAP, Bossack Heilbron Foundation, Centrum Arts Colony, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the King County Arts Commission, the King County Performance Network, Meet The Composer, Puffin Foundation, the Seattle Arts Commission and the Wiggly World Foundation. He was awarded a Seattle Magazine 2011 Artist Spotlight Award. Fisher has recorded 8 works at Jack Straw Cultural Center, and won support of their 2014 Artist Support Program.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with Tori Ellison): Mikawa
Artist Support Program 2014: Recording and production of The Iris by The Fisher Ensemble.