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Howard Fishman is a multi-platform artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
As a composer, guitarist, singer and bandleader, Fishman's exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a critically-acclaimed favorite of audiences worldwide. He 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, Esperanza Spalding, Odetta, Yo Yo Ma, Maceo Parker, Califone, Robyn Hitchcock, Madeleine Peyroux, 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, and written for The New Yorker and The Huffington Post. Fishman's 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, as part of the 2016 Next Wave Festival, in a production staged by Paul Lazar.
Other 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 the Galapagos Art Space in NYC); "The Frozen North," an original score for the Buster Keaton silent film of the same name (New York Guitar Festival), and original scores composed with playwrights Barry Rowell and Christopher Wall.
Fishman has also been an Artist in Residence at the Hotchkiss School, Skidmore College, Connecticut College, and The Orchard Project.