Common Ground @ South Church
South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry NY
Basement Tapes Project
“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
“Not a tribute…Aside from offering public performances of music that Dylan refuses to release, it presents an important critical lesson about Dylan’s past-into-present musical relationship with The Band while using the songs themselves more as suggestions than scripts.”
– Grayson Currin, INDY WEEK
Following up on his sold-out performance at the First Unitarian Society in 2013, composer, guitarist and bandleader Howard Fishman returns to the Rivertowns for a musical exploration of Bob Dylan and the Band’s “Basement Tapes” sessions. Using Greil Marcus’ book THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA as a touchstone, THE BASEMENT TAPES PROJECT explores the legendary and mysterious underground recordings made in 1967. The project has been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, the Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic Jam”; and at “Duke Performances” at Duke University. The evening will feature classics like “Tears of Rage” and “This Wheel’s On Fire” alongside less well-known numbers.
Howard Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York before landing his first major engagement at the Algonquin Oak Room in 1999. Since then, he has headlined 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 Great American Music Hall, and Le Petit Journal in Paris. A testament to his wide-ranging appeal, Fishman has appeared on bills with such diverse artists as: Odetta, Yo Yo Ma, Maceo Parker, Califone, Robyn Hitchcock, Madeleine Peyroux, Allen Holdsworth and Nellie McKay.
Fishman is a frequent NPR guest, and has made feature-length appearances on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, “World Cafe” with David Dye, “The Leonard Lopate Show” and “Soundcheck” with John Schaefer, among many 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).
Fishman’s most recent recording (his tenth), is “The Howard Fishman Quartet Vol. III: Moon Country.” His next album, “Uncollected Stories” awaits release in fall 2013. 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, as well as a commissioned score for “Manna-Hata,” a site-specific theater project to be performed in the Penn Station Post Office, produced by Peculiar Works in NYC.
Howard Fishman maintains a full-time touring schedule and has garnered a devoted following worldwide.
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Common Ground Community Concerts
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 13 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.