Critically acclaimed Brooklyn singer-songwriter Howard Fishman is certainly an ambitious guy. During the course of his impressive musical career, he’s racked up a big batch of rave coast-to-coast reviews from The New York Times (“transcends time and idiom”) to The Los Angeles Times (“At a time when performers in virtually every genre are trying to stretch their stylistic boundaries, Fishman refuses to acknowledge that boundaries exist”).
He’s written “We Are Destroyed,” a jazz opera about the Donner Party (performed at Joe’s Pub in New York City, the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and the Pasadena Playhouse in California) and delved deep into the Big Pink collaborations of Bob Dylan and the Band (“The Basement Tapes Project”).
Then in 2010, the omnivorous music master outdid himself with the simultaneous release of three CDs that each headed off in different directions – both sonically and musically.
One of those albums was No Further Instructions which was inspired by Fishman’s musical journey through Romania, Ukraine and Hungary with childhood friend Michael Benanav, who provided the beautiful photographs in the CD booklet.
Now Fishman is bringing that album to life in concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs on Friday night, leading an 11-piece folk-indie-punk orchestra comprised of some of NYC’s hottest players; and transforming it from a concert to a multimedia song cycle featuring the photographs of Benanav, who is now a travel journalist for The New York Times.
Showtime is 8pm on Friday (March 1), and tickets rea $8; seniors $5; students and children FREE.
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