Andrew Fisenden


Andrew Fisenden developed a passion for drumming at age three and excelled in his music studies throughout his schooling. He began playing gigs at age twelve. In 1999, at age 15,Andrew won “Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer Competition” held by Drumscene Magazine in Melbourne and was exposed to some of his influential teachers including Andrew Gander, David Jones,Gordon Rytmeister, Darryn Farrugia and Terepai Richmond. In the same year, Andrew was offered an exceptional entry to the West Australian Conservatorium of Music to study Jazz. While atthe Conservatorium, Andrew would hone his skills under guidance by teacher Chris Tarr. In 2001, Andrew joined nationally acclaimed Nu Jazz group K and would record two albums and tour with the band over the next three years. In 2002, Andrew was a finalist in the James Morrison Scholarship held in Mt Gambier and in 2003, won the competition playing with acclaimed artist James Muller on Guitar. Shortly after winning the Competition, Andrew was asked to join James Morrisons new project, On The Edge, a fiery jazz/funk group consisting of four of the most talented young musicians from Australia. On the Edge has recorded a live album and DVD at the Sydney Opera House and has travelled to Europe where the band completed a major tour and appeared on the bill with formidable acts The Mike Stern Band, Take 6 and Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor. In 2004 at age 20, Andrew performed alongside drumming great Steve Smith, upon hearing Andrew he exclaimed, He is one very bad cat. He also toured regularly in 2004 with James Morrison and performed two extensive European tours as well as a successful Australian tour. In June 2005, Andrew appeared at the prestigious Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend in Melbourne alongside the likes of Will Kennedy, Tommy Igoe and Mike Mangini ,Andrew was the only performer invited from Australia. In November 2005, he performed with Australian great Kate Ceberano, recording a live CD and DVD under the ABC label whilst completing a national tour. Andrew Fisenden is a dynamic player who’s dream it is to be among the most influential drummers of his generation.