Who’s Upstairs: Andrea Fisher

andrea_hr_141Andrea will be performing in 0:9 at Alexander Upstairs on the 24th of January at 7PM.

Home town?
​Cape Town​

Tell us a little more about your show?
​It is a collaborative between the Shh.Art Ensemble, Phax trio and friends. It features original compositions by young South African composers that basically, challenge the boundaries of classical composition. We are taught to write in a specific format which is often restrictive for the performer or tests a keen audience. These pieces are intended to be stimulating ​for both parties.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
​To practise more euphonium, start a PhD and work towards more of these kinds of collaborations.​

And the project you’re dreaming of?
​I would like to see more South African music played by any kind of ensemble; not limiting classical musicians to a ‘set musical lifestyle’. We have innovative musicians in this country who are often not heard and need platforms to gain exposure – I would like to be part of building that platform. (I mean, why don’t we have a full orchestra playing on table mountain?)​

How did you get into music?
​I was eleven and wanted to do anything but play piano. I was tested for different instruments and was told my arms were too short for the trombone, I was too little for the tuba and so I started the euphonium. I have not looked back since.​

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
​Beethoven and Stravinsky – I would serve them a lamb shank, some sea food to start, lemon and berry sorbet for dessert​ and loads of really good red wine.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
​I am a bit of a foodie so, Anatoli’s.​

What excites you about theatre (or music/burlesque/magic/etc)?
That there is so much to be said and so many interesting ways of saying it. I am always blown away by the variety you see in the theatre. It takes my breath away.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
​This could be a long list. Probably the biggest is having made assumptions or had expectations about people without knowing them properly. I’ve learnt that people come from varying paths and you need to stay humble to realise that everyone does have the right to say how they feel. I haven’t always given people that chance and I have tried to ensure that I now do.​

Who do you think people should be talking about? 
Us! (Jokes…not) I think everyone should be looking out for any kind of ‘classical’ music. Whether it be the CPO playing some Brahms, or a brass quintet playing Ewald or 0:9 playing some Muse – there is so much variety in Cape Town and they are not always well supported. Google: classical music cape town and go watch whatever comes up (especially the young people!)