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Critically-acclaimed singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman's exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, Brooklyn soul, open-hearted country, blues and gospel music through a completely original, experimental aesthetic, to create a sound entirely his own. The New York Times has written that his music "transcends time and idiom."
Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of Brooklyn New York in the late 90's. Since then, he has headlined in some of the most prestigious venues in the US and abroad, including: Lincoln Center, The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Blue Note, The Pasadena Playhouse, Merkin Concert Hall, The Great American Music Hall, and Le Petit Journal in Paris. His brass band, The Biting Fish, recently headlined the Augustibluus Festival in Estonia and at Storyville in Helsinki, Finland.
A testament to his wide-ranging appeal, Fishman has appeared on bills with such diverse artists as: Odetta, Yo Yo Ma, Maceo Parker, Califone, Robyn Hitchcock, Madeleine Peyroux, Allen Holdsworth and Nellie McKay.
Fishman is a frequent NPR guest, and has made feature-length appearances on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, "World Cafe" with David Dye, "The Leonard Lopate Show" and "Soundcheck" with John Schaefer, among many others.
Although primarily known as a songwriter, Fishman began his career immersed in early jazz, folk, blues, and country music, creating a bedrock of knowledge of American roots forms that, when applied to his pop, classical and experimental leanings, helped forge the unique style for which he is known today.
Fishman's most recent recording (his eleventh), is entitled "Uncollected Stories" and will be released this Spring. His original oratorio "we are destroyed," a meditation on the Donner Party tragedy of 1846, continues to be programmed, most recently at the Abrons Arts Center in NYC. "The Frozen North," Fishman's original score for the Buster Keaton silent film of the same name, was programmed and performed as part of the New York Guitar Festival. He was recently commissioned to compose a score for "Manna-Hata," a site-specific theater project performed in the mostly-abandoned Penn Station Post Office in NYC. Fishman is currently at work on a new theater piece entitled "A Star Has Burnt My Eye," an examination of the life and music of Connie Converse. In February 2014, he was Guest Artist in residence at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.
Howard Fishman maintains a full-time touring schedule with a variety of different projects, and has quietly carved a niche as one of the most diverse and multifaceted composer/performers working today. www.howardfishman.com