Artist of The Day: Kishi Bashi

posted by Shane German on 06/10/2019

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Monday, June 10th: KISHI BASHI

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of the Athens, Georgia based singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi. Kishi Bashi, is recognized for its playful, highly melodic, often romantic songs. His distinctly kaleidoscopic sound frequently incorporates looping technology, with repeated segments speeded up to varying degrees to otherworldly effect.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music before becoming a renowned violinist. Ishibashi has recorded and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal.

In 2011, he began recording and performing as a solo artist, debuting with the full-length album "151a." He has since released 3 more albums, “Lighght” (pronounced Light) in 2014, “Sonderlust” in 2016, and most recently “Omoiyari” this year.

Kishi Bashi has since been invited to play in major festivals such as SXSW and Austin City Limits and gone on an extensive US tour with supporting acts such as The Last Bison.

“Omoiyari” was recently added to WYCE’s library.

Kishi Bashi, AllMusic

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