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Daily Inspiration: Meet Randal Fisher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Randal Fisher.

Hi Randal, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I consider myself one of the most privileged musicians in Los Angeles given the amount of resources and heritage that I have had access to when I decided to pursue music. I grew up hearing jazz music from my father’s vinyl collection my entire childhood and it felt like the most natural step in my life to try to learn an instrument after being so exposed to that music. I started clarinet at 11 years old and added saxophone after starting private lessons with Ricky Washington, father of saxophonist Kamasi Washington. I now play the tenor and soprano saxophones, flute and clarinet professionally for many different bands and ensembles ranging from almost every form of music in America. I’ve played for a total of 20 years now and I couldn’t be more grateful for the experiences and opportunities that I have had as a musician. I also have my own working band that features my own original jazz compositions. My first record was released in November of this year.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been a smooth road. After losing my father in 2007, I’ve had many emotional and mental challenges accomplishing my goals and many of the friendships and associations in my music life have given me so much to be thankful for and I am always inspired by the city and all of the musicians and listeners in it.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in the saxophone. I work with flute and clarinet as well but you are most likely to see me with the tenor saxophone in my hands if you ever see me play anywhere in town. I usually say to anyone who asks that I play “any music that has saxophone in it.” My absolute favorite musical situation to be in though is jazz. The core philosophy and conventions of the music, especially all aspects regarding spontaneous improvisation, have always been my favorite thing to play and listen to. My band is a jazz band. We pay homage to all of the masters and innovators of the music while trying to forge a new path for the music to evolve and continue the rich tradition of forward progress. My First recording, Everywhere to Be Lost, is available for streaming and you can purchase a cd on bandcamp as well to get the full context of what I am doing and where I want to go as an artist.

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Some photos by Chuck Koton

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