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Sep132010

THE "BASEMENT TAPES" PROJECT

Using Greil Marcus’ book THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA as a touchstone, THE BASEMENT TAPES PROJECT explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967.  The project has been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, the Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic Jam”; and at “Duke Performances” at Duke University.


"I've produced over 100 concerts over the past dozen years. Howard Fishman's Basement Tapes Project show was — hands down — one of  the greatest single performances I've hosted at my venue. In fact, it was one of the greatest performances I've seen in my life." - Carter Smith, Common Ground Concerts

"Fishman, much like Dylan himself, is loath to tarry very long in any one particular neck of the musical woods. Something of a sonic Zelig, Fishman  works backward to get to the root of Dylan's source material, rather than attempting to drag the rustic songs into the 21st century." - David Sprague, VARIETY

"Not a tribute...Aside from offering public performances of music that Dylan refuses to release, it presents an important critical lesson about Dylan's past-into-present musical relationship with The Band while using the songs themselves more as suggestions than scripts." - Grayson Currin, INDY WEEK

Top Pick in 2014-15 Season Preview by SEVEN DAYS (Burlington, VT)

Performance History:

 * May 2006 (DEBUT): Joe's Pub at THE PUBLIC THEATER, New York City  A three-night marathon performance of the complete "Basement Tapes."

* February 2007: Lincoln Center, American Songbook Series, New York City Feature presentation

* March 2007: Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL

* April 2008: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Three evening version)

* December 2008: Housing Works, NYC (With readings by: John Wesley Harding, Anthony DeCurtis and Alan Light)

* September 2009: CUNY Graduate Center, NYC (With Greil Marcus and John Corigliano)

* October 2013: Mercyhurst Institute, Erie, PA

* March 2014: Common Ground Community Concerts, Dobbs Ferry, NY

* November 2014: Redfern Performing Arts Center, Keene, NH

* November 2014: Flynn Center, Burlington, VT

* April 2015: Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA

 

VIDEO CLIPS:

Down In The Flood (Live at HOUSING WORKS, New York City)

Panel Discussion with Greil Marcus and John Corigliano, with performance (Live at CUNY, New York City)

RECORDINGS:

HOWARD FISHMAN PERFORMS BOB DYLAN & THE BAND'S "BASEMENT TAPES" LIVE AT JOE'S PUB