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Garifuna Singer/Composer, Carlos Bodoma Norales, & drummer, Milton Morales, in concert with Louisiana musicians: harpist, Patrice Fisher, percussionists, Carlos Valladares & Jose Dolmo, guitarist, Jose Roberto Moreira, with, dancer, Natividad Cloture, violinist, Neti Vaan & bassist, Edwin Gonzalez. They will appear in concert at the following New Orleans area locations:

Saturday, November 13,
1:45pm Fiesta Latina, U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.
Sunday, November 14 2:30pm Domingo Latino, City Park Botanical Gardens
Monday, November 15 2:00pm Intercultural Charter School, 5316 Michoud Blvd
Tuesday, November 16 8:00pm Snug Harbor Night Club, * 626 Frenchmen St.

To see our new music video of this group, please visit



This project is partially supported by grants from the Arts Council of New Orleans, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Robert and Shirley Haspel Fund, Intercultural Charter School &, New Orleans Musicians Assistance Fund, & produced by Musicians for Music & Pluma Productions of the Southern Dominican Province, Fiesta Latina & City Park


In 1797, a shipload of five thousand slaves landed on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. At the time, there was fighting going on between the French and the English. The confusion allowed these slaves to escape. They traveled in boats to the coast and coastal islands of Central America. There, they settled, keeping their language, customs
and culture alive. These Garifunas were never slaves and they have a unique culture which they have kept alive for 200 years. Their drumming, singing and dancing are reminiscent of Africa, but with a Caribbean flavor. Their ritual dances, like the Punta, have become popular, outside their communities, with the general population of
Honduras and also throughout Central America.


Latin jazz harpist & composer, PATRICE FISHER, has been performing and recording her own compositions since 1980. She has recorded 14 albums of original music, including her latest CD, "Sunset." She has performed at such international festivals as the Cancun Jazz Festival, the Trova Jazz Festival in Guatemala & the Festi Jazz in La Paz, Bolivia. An unexpected delight!" raves David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine. Gene Scaramuzzo of Gambit newspaper says of Arpa "There are many sides to this local composer/harpist. It's not unusual to see her play a staid classical gig in the morning and a smoky music club at night. Strong rhythms form the undercurrent of her instrumental music with Arpa."
You can see videos of Patrice Fisher’s original compositions at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMxQ4RHlUbs. You can hear music clips of patrice’s music at www.myspace.com/patricefisher. And read more about her at www.patricefisher.com.

*Guitarist, Steve Masakowski, will participate at Snug Harbor.



This program is sponsored by Musicians for Music, Jefferson Parish Public School System, Pluma Productions of the Southern Dominican Province, New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, & supported in part by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, further support from the Arts Council of New Orleans, Decentralized Arts Fund and Meet the Composer. Leadership Support for Meet the Composer''s MetLife Creative Connections program is generously provided by MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, ASCAP ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc. Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jerome Foundation, mediaThefoundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Council on the Arts,
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Rodgers and Hammerstain Foundation and Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.