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Ever-evolving and increasingly difficult to pin down, Howard Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans soul, gritty pop, fervent gospel and open-hearted country music through a completely original aesthetic to create a sound entirely his own. This, combined with his exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished live show, has made him a favorite of audiences and critics alike.
Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York, and has ascended from there to headline in some of the most prestigious venues in the US and abroad, including: Lincoln Center,The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Blue Note, The Pasadena Playhouse, Joe's Pub, The Algonquin Oak Room, and Le Petit Journal in Paris.
Fishman is a frequent NPR guest, making feature-length appearances on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, "World Cafe" with David Dye, "The Leonard Lopate Show" and "Soundcheck" with John Schaefer, among others.
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).
Howard Fishman will release his tenth recording 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.