Critically-acclaimed singer, guitarist, composer, and bandleader Fishman’s exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Ever-evolving and increasingly difficult to pin down, 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.”
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 style for which he is known today (and which critics are, universally, at a loss to describe).
Fishman’s most recent recording (his 10th), “The Howard Fishman Quartet Vol. III: Moon Country,” was released in October 2011. His original oratorio “We Are Destroyed,” featuring his band plus four singer/actors, 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 2012 New York Guitar Festival at Merkin Hall in NYC. He is currently at work on a new project entitled “A Star Has Burnt My Eye,” an examination of the life and music of Connie Converse.
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