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Critically-acclaimed singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman's exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a critically-acclaimed favorite of audiences worldwide. 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. Since then, he has headlined in some of the most prestigious venues in the US and abroad, including: Lincoln Center, The Steppenwolf Theatre,  The Pasadena Playhouse, Merkin Concert Hall, Redfern Arts Center, The Flynn Arts Center, The Great American Music Hall, and Le Petit Journal in Paris. He 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: Andrew Bird, 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. He has also presented at TEDx in Brooklyn.

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" was released in July, 2015.  His original oratorio "we are destroyed," a meditation on the Donner Party tragedy of 1846, has had workshop showings at the Abrons Arts Center and the Galapagos Art Space 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 was recently Guest Artist in Residence at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.  His latest project, a theater piece entitled "A Star Has Burnt My Eye," examines the life and music of Connie Converse, and recently had a workshop run at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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.

Short Form Bio

Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman's performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller's sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him "an important force in creative music," and The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom."