Howard Fishman began his career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of NYC, experiences that still resonate in his “disarmingly un-showbizy” concerts (Backstage). A pioneer of the Brooklyn music scene, Fishman “brings a feeling to a room that is reunion-like. Everyone there is part of a community…it can’t be helped.” (11211 Magazine). The New York Times has written that his music "transcends time and idiom."
Fishman’s music combines the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz and world music with plainspoken Americana storytelling and pop music forms to create a unique sound that is “something entirely new” (Downbeat). His openhearted, witty lyrics invite audiences along with him on a journey that changes with every concert. Passionate about community and connection, Fishman also frequently holds master classes and workshops in conjunction with his concerts when he travels.
A testament to his wide-ranging appeal, Fishman has appeared on bills with such diverse artists as Califone, Odetta, Yo-Yo Ma, Maceo Parker, Robyn Hitchcock, Taj Mahal, and Madeleine Peyroux. He is a frequent and sought-after NPR guest, and has appeared on a number of nationally syndicated shows including Fresh Air, World Café, The Leonard Lopate Show, Soundcheck, Word of Mouth and Performance Place.
Fishman’s travels and relentless curiosity inform his constantly expanding repertoire of special projects, from his original oratorio we are destroyed, about The Donner Party, to his multi-media travelogue "No Further Instructions," to his New Orleans-inspired Biting Fish Brass Band. His tenth CD, Moon Country, was released in October.
Howard Fishman is a storyteller, a seeker, a cultural anthropologist and “an important force in creative music” (allmusic.com). Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, and find his music on iTunes.