Musician & Composer
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Aired: Sunday 5.31.09 - 10:00-11:00 PM
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Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. His performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller's sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom."
Howard began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York before making his debut at The Algonquin Oak Room in 1999. He made his Lincoln Center debut in February, 2007, when he was presented as part of this season's American Songbook series. Fishman has also been a frequent guest on NPR.
Fishman's extensive background as an actor, director and scholar specializing in the work of Eugene O'Neill has kept him involved with the theater. He studied with the late Jose Quintero and has worked with The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage Company, Long Wharf Theater and was a member of the 1998 Lincoln Center Directors Lab, where he returned in 2006 to hold a seminar on the Provincetown Players. We Are Destroyed, Fishman's original folk-jazz oratorio developed with the support of the Public Theater in New York City is currently slated for production in spring 2008.