Debbie Fier brings over 25 years of experience to her life as a performing vocalist, drummer, pianist, composer, percussionist and teacher. She has performed internationally throughout England and in Berlin, Germany and throughout the U.S., in venues including Festival at the Lake in Oakland, CA, the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, Singing For Our Lives, a 24-hour New Years’ chanting celebration created by Bobby McFerrin, and Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride (Oakland, ’04).
Her original compositions are available on three recordings — In Your Hands, Firelight, and her most recent, Coming Home.
Debbie has spent over 20 years exploring voice in many different contexts, including western/classical vocal technique, theory, ear training, improvisation, jazz, chanting and Indian raga singing. Debbie studied jazz piano with the legendary pianist and master musician, Mary Lou Williams, in the early 1980’s. She has studied numerous drum and dance styles for over 25 years — Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban and African, has taught drumming to individuals and groups, and has led many, diverse community drumming circles. Debbie spent years learning Hatha, Iyengar and Kundalini yoga and has practiced “Way of Joy” Chi Kung (movement meditation) for 15 years. She has had extensive training in psychology, counseling and various forms and styles of meditation. In the past 5 years, she has found a home at Kehilla Community Synagogue
as a spiritual leader through drumming. Kehilla is a Jewish Renewal synagogue that blends traditional elements with contemporary values – political, social and spiritual — creating a spirituality that feels more holistic and inclusive.
Feel free to contact Debbie with questions or comments about her areas of expertise, teaching process or music in general.