Description: SATURDAY, January 12th at 4PM: HOWARD FISHMAN'S "BASEMENT TAPES PROJECT"
Using Greil Marcus’ book THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA as a touchstone, Howard Fishman's BASEMENT TAPES PROJECT explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967. The project been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, the Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic Jam”; at “Duke Performances” at Duke Universit; and at the CUNY Graduate Center.
"Fishman, much like Dylan himself, is loath to tarry very long in any one particular neck of the musical woods. Something of a sonic Zelig, Fishman works backward to get to the root of Dylan's source material, rather than attempting to drag the rustic songs into the 21st century." - David Sprague, VARIETY
Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman's performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller's sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him "an important force in creative music," and The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom."