Debbie Fier brings over 35 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 as well as throughout the U.S.
Her original compositions are available on four recordings — In Your Hands, Firelight, and her most recent, Waterways.
Debbie has spent over 25 years exploring voice in many different contexts including western/classical vocal technique, music theory, ear training, improvisation, jazz, chanting and Indian raga singing. She spent years as a mentor teacher in the Institute of Music, Health and Education, helping students learn how to use music and the voice for overall health. She studied 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 35 years, including Middle Eastern, N. African, West African, and Afro-Cuban. She teaches drumming, body percussion and rhythm to children and adults, encouraging everyone to find their individual and authentic voice through music. She includes yoga, chi kung and meditation in her classes and workshops to encourage participants to experience body-centered learning. In the past 15 years, she has found a home at Kehilla Community Synagogue
as a musical prayer leader through drumming and singing. She is known in the community as the 'Heartbeat of the Service'.
Most recently, Debbie has turned her focus to playing and composing on the handpan, an instrument created 25 years ago in Switzerland based on the steel pan family, played with the hands, rather than mallets. The pan has a beautiful, resonant sound - perfect for relaxation, meditation, movement and more.