howard fishman


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Howard Fishman is a writer, musician, theatre-maker, and composer based in Brooklyn, New York.

Musically,  Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, Brooklyn soul, open-hearted country, blues and gospel music through an 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 major venues in the US and abroad fronting his various ensembles, as a solo artist, and on bills with such diverse artists as Andrew Bird, Esperanza Spalding, Yo Yo Ma, Maceo Parker, Califone, and Nellie McKay.

As a writer, Fishman is a contributing writer for The New Yorker. He has also written about culture for The Village Voice, No Depression, and The Huffington Post.  His original play A Star Has Burnt My Eye,  featuring the music and letters of Connie Converse, had its world premiere at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of the Next Wave Festival, and has since toured nationally.

Fishman has made feature-length appearances on NPR's  "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.

Fishman's theater and scoring credits include the original oratorio "we are destroyed," a meditation on the Donner Party tragedy of 1846 (workshop showings at the Abrons Arts Center and New York Theater Workshop); "The Frozen North," an original score for the Buster Keaton silent film of the same name (commissioned by The New York Guitar Festival),  and original scores composed for playwrights Barry Rowell and Christopher Wall.

Fishman has also been a teaching Artist in Residence at the Hotchkiss School, Skidmore College, Connecticut College, and at Mercyhurst Institute.