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Stephen Longfellow Fiske

Musician, Author, Presenter, Filmaker, Artist

JIMI (The Ballad Of Jimi Hendrix)

A musical tribute to the indomitable spirit of Jimi Hendrix

We Carry The Dream: A Tribute To Martin Luther King, Jr.

A film documentary about the life of Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr.

Stephen Longfellow Fiske

Stephen is a musician, author, poet, artist, filmmaker, and Interfaith Minister. He has performed and lectured widely across the US and abroad. A long-time peace and environmental activist, Stephen is the author of “The Art of Peace” (New Paradigm Books) and is finishing his second book “The Call to Social Integrity – to Interfaith and Wholeness, Democracy, Earth Stewardship, and the Individual,“ An award-winning songwriter, Stephen has produced twelve albums of his original music and has had songs of his covered by such well-known artists as Luther Vandross and Jose Feliciano. Stephen is also founder and Executive Producer of the Jerusalem Prayer Project (JPP), a non-profit multi-media production company based in Los Angeles, currently producing a feature documentary filmed in Israel/Palestine, “Warriors of the Heart”, due for release next year, after six years in production. Stephen is a husband, father of three, and grandfather of four, living with his wife, Nikki, in Yogaville, Buckingham, Virginia.

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JIMI (The Ballad Of Jimi Hendrix)

In the late 60’s Stephen was then the lead singer and writer with the San Francisco acid-rock band, The Bycycle . In 1969, The Bycycle opened for Jimi Hendrix at the San Jose Pop Festival, and Stephen met Jimi during soundcheck backstage. Years later Stephen  was working with music/film producer Alan Douglas in LA, who had been on Jimi Hendrix’s management team when Jimi tragically died in London in 1970. Alan was then working on a live-performance film about Jimi Hendrix, when he commissioned Stephen to write “The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix” for the soundtrack of the movie. Having met Jimi and experiencing his performance that day before 15,000, Stephen went to the task of writing the song. He demoed, and delivered the song, and Alan said that BB King was set to record it. But then Alan got into a legal issue over publishing rights, which resulted in  Alan losing in court, and the film was never made. So, Jimi, The Ballad Jimi Hendrix, was never released. For many years, the “Jimi” song was with EMI publishing. Shortly before Stephen moved from Venice, CA, to Virginia, EMI notified him that the copyright to the song had expired, and that as the writer, the song was now his property.  While unpacking in Virginia, Stephen found the lead sheet to “Jimi”, and his interest in the song got rekindled. He did a re-write and then with engineer/co-producer, Gopal Metro, recorded an updated version of the song, now readying for release.

Recording credits:

S.L. Fiske, acoustic guitar and vocals; Jeff Breeh, bass; Sam Eberle, electric guitar: Bhakti Wojcik, BG vocals; Gopal Metro, drum programming; special thanks to Jeff Wolf for drum collaboration.
Co-production, mixing and mastering by Gopal Metro at Gopal Metro Studios.

Musician/Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist/Performer

Born into a musical and artistic family in New York City, Stephen was a natural in singing and acting, and hperformed in school plays and musicals from elementary school through college. He wrote poems and songs in his head and on paper before becoming a self-taught guitarist at the High School of Music and Art during the folk era of the 60’s. Greatly influenced by the songs of freedom and equality and the call for social justice of the Civil Rights Movement, Stephen developed his own unique folk music style, and while in college, did his first public performances in the Greenwich Village coffee houses, such as Gerde’s Folk City and the Bitter End. 

After college, he travelled to San Francisco where he became the lead singer and writer with an acid-rock band, “The Bycycle.” The Bycycle became booked by a major agency and performed with such acts as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Taj Mahal, Canned Heat, and Jimi Hendrix. When the band broke up, Stephen began his solo career and over the years has written hundreds of songs and produced a dozen albums of his music. He has performed widely across the U.S. and overseas, has sung and done voice-overs on commercials, and his music has been in films and video soundtracks. An award-winning songwriter, his songs have been covered by such well known artists as Jose Feliciano and Luther Vandross.

“When I was with The Bycycle in 1969 and we opened for Jimi Hendrix, I met him at our soundcheck backstage. That was a very memorable moment. Years later I was working with music/film producer Alan Douglas in LA, who had been on Jimi Hendrix’s management team when Jimi died in London. Alan was then working on a live-performance film about Jimi Hendrix, when he commissioned me to write “The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix” for the soundtrack of the movie. Having met Jimi and personally experiencing his performance that day, I felt qualified and challenged to write the song. I wrote and demo’d the song and Alan said that he had brought it to BB King and that King liked it and was set to record it. But then Alan got into a legal conflict with the Hendrix family over the publishing rights, which caused quite a stir in the industry. This ended with Alan losing in court, and the film was never made. Meanwhile the song was with EMI publishing. Shortly before our move to Virginia, EMI notified me that the copyright to the song had expired, and that the song was now my property. Having gotten settled in our new Virginia home, as I was unpacking, I found the lead sheet to “Jimi, The Ballad of Jimi Hendrix” and in looking it over, my interest in the song got rekindled. So I did a re-write and have recorded an updated demo, which I am readying for release. The full strategy for that release is still to be worked out.”

Stephen has been primarily an independent artist selling his products directly to his audiences and keeping a contact list. He is an engaging performer who loves to interact with his audiences and encourages people to sing-along. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, he is a peace and environmental activist whose timely message in song, stories, and poetry have made him a popular performer, always warmly and enthusiastically received by his audiences.

Discography

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Seeds Of Peace

Track List:
Seeds of Peace, Ediza, You Can’t Be Sure Anymore, Beethoven Raga, Minstrel Man, Little Children’s Song, Steady As She Goes, Go For It, Guru In You, Hard Times Will Be Gone

Musicians include:
S. L. Fiske, vocals and guitar
Miguel Rivera, congas
Michael Josefs, guitar
Neil Seidel, guitar
Lar Coughlan, percussion
Peter Spellman, guitar
Frank Serafine, orchestration and flute
Jeff Breeh, bass
Tony Selvage, violin
Juniper L’Orange, bg vocals

Engineered by Hal Hellerman, Carl Lange, Alan Kozlowski,
and Tom Herzel

1980
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Transformation (ASI Records)

Co-produced by Malcolm Cecil

Track List:
Transformation, Bridges of Love (Fiske/Josefs), Let Me Love You, My Sweet Media, Song For a Minute, Peacemakers’ Planetary Anthem, American Scout, A Chance to Live (Fiske/Josefs), Destiny’s Road, Peacemakers

Musicians include:
S. L. Fiske, vocals and guitar
Bobby Lyle, keyboards
Pops Popwell, bass
Joe Blocker, drums
M. Subramanium, violin
The Waters Sisters, bg vocals
Malcolm Cecil, acoustic bass
Rick Lawson, drums

Engineered by Malcolm Cecil and Pat Hubbard

1984
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Touch (Fiske Music)

Track List:
Prelude: Morning Song, Open My Love, Touch, By God’s Touch, Held Like a Baby (Spellman/Fiske). Classical Touch, New Dawn, Tickles, The Hug Song

Musicians include:
S. L. Fiske, vocals and guitar
Zavier, guitar
Tony Selvage, violin
Peter Spellman, guitar
Larry Tuttle, bass
Miguel Rivera, congas
The Goils, bg vocals

Engineered by Scott Fraser

1986
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Hundredth Monkey

Co-produced by Ken Keyes, Jr.
An accompaniment to Ken Keyes’ best-selling book, Hundredth Monkey

1987
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I Believe in You (A Stephen Fiske/Alan Cohen Production)

A collaboration between S. L. Fiske and author Alan Cohen

Includes a guided meditation by Alan

Track List:
An orchestrated journey of self-affirmation, I Believe in You, You Are a Star, You Are a Gift To Me, You Are Love, I Remember Who I Am, Meditation Song

Musicians include:
S. L. Fiske, vocals and guitar
Pat Hubbard, keyboard and bass
Richard Hardy, woodwinds
Zavier, guitar
Jorge Bermudez, percussion
Jessica Baron, Annie Hughes, bg vocals

Engineered by Pat Hubbard

1988
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Visions

Track List:
Visions (Fiske/C. Rose), Heartsong, Eagle Fly. Steady As She Goes,Green City, Earth Chant, Electronic Boy, No Easy Answers, We Have a Dream (Fiske/Sophia), Good News, Healing Woman, Warriors of the Heart

Musicians include:
S. L. Fiske, vocals and guitar
Pat Hubbard, keyboards
Richard Hardy, woodwinds
Zavier, guitar
Brian Otto, guitar
Novi Novig, viola
Tony Selvage, electric violin
Ben Marciano, flute and percussion
Oliver Brown, percussion
Jorge Bermudez, percussion
Brent Lewis, percussion
Deke Richards, synthesizers
Keith Brush, drums
Paul Tade, drums
Ephiram Schwab, bass
Annie Hughes, Jessica Baron, Meera Alexander, bg vocals

Engineered and co-arranged by Pat Hubbard

1989
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Stephen Longfellow Fiske (Higher Octave Music)

1991
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Angels and Miracles (Fiske Music)

2002
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Earth Anthem 1 (Fiske Music)

2003
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Earth Anthem 2 - Remixed and Recompiled (Fiske Music)

2004
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Basketball Scene (Fiske Music)

2013
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Flow (Fiske Music)

2016

Author/Essayist

Stephen has authored the poetic and artistic quality paperback The Art of Peace (New Paradigm Publishing), on the principles of peacemaking. The Art of Peace, which also features drawings by Stephen, offers a valuable antidote to the troubled and turbulent times we live in. Stephen also authored In Search of Henry Safford Fiske, a booklet published by the Rutland (VT) Historical Society, where Stephen researched the life and artwork of his great-grandfather, Henry Safford Fiske, a New England Universalist Minister and landscape artist of the nineteenth century. H.S. Fiske’s works appear in numerous museums throughout New England as well as the Smithsonian. Stephen has written numerous articles and essays, which can be read on his blog. He is currently in the finishing stages of his new book, The Call to Social Integrity and Wholeness: Interfaith, Earth Stewardship, and Democracy. A book of his poetry and selected songs and drawings, Vision Quest, is also in the works.

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Interfaith Minister/Presenter

Stephen has always been a non-denominational but avid spiritual explorer. He was first exposed to Interfaith through his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King’s inclusive, ecumenical, and intercultural approach to social change. Through his deep involvement with yoga and his discipleship with well-known guru Swami Satchidananda, Stephen has followed the path of “Truth Is One, Paths Are Many.” Leaving behind the rock scene, in search of a deeper meaning in life, he embraced the yogic lifestyle and became a certified Yoga Teacher for the Integral Yoga Institute. in the 1970’s he became active in the San Francisco Interfaith organization “The Meeting of the Ways” and later was ordained as an Interfaith minister by the Reverend Leland Stewart, a Universalist Minister, graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a pioneer in the Interfaith Movement, and the founder of the Unity and Diversity World Council, based in Southern California. As a minister, Stephen has organized, produced, participated in, and led conferences, convocations, festivals, and services, emphasizing Interfaith understandings and peacemaking. He has appeared widely as a guest speaker, workshop leader, and performer across the U.S. and overseas.

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Filmaker

Over the years, Stephen has produced many music videos and promotional videos for his various projects. These include The Peacemakers’ Conference (1980), the Venice Eco fest (2010), Peace Sunday (2014), and content for the Unity and Diversity World Council’s online streaming productions. Partnering with Los Angeles film maker Robert Corsini, Stephen is the founder and executive producer of The Jerusalem Prayer Project (JPP), a non-profit California multimedia production company. Through JPP Stephen and Robert produced the music videos Earth Anthem, We Carry the Dream (a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr), Close Guantanamo, and I Wish For You. For the past several years, JPP has been producing a feature documentary, Warriors of the Heart, telling the stories of grass roots peacemakers in Israel/Palestine and other parts of the world. Now in post-production, Warriors of the Heart emphasizes the imperative of Interfaith and non-violence in a turbulent and violent world.

Artist

Stephen has always had the gift of drawing, painting, and inventing art in various modalities and constructs. He attended New York’s High School of Music and Art for his art and was a fine arts major at New York University. Over the years, he has designed and art-directed multiple graphic designs in posters, flyers, notices, album covers, and publications. He has published art, along with his poetic writings, which have been offered for sale at his performances, workshops, and presentations.

View From My Apt. Bedroom Window Of The George Washington Bridge

“I grew up in Washington Heights, NYC, where the G.W. Bridge was an everyday factor in my life.”

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