Music Tonight: Kishi Bashi

click to enlarge Kishi Bashi (Photo: Jennifer Leigh)
Kishi Bashi (Photo: Jennifer Leigh)

Kishi Bashi is the name for the solo work of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s K Ishibashi, who’s become one of the go-to violin players in the world of Indie music, touring and/or recording with of Montreal, Regina Spektor and Alexi Murdoch, among many others.

Also a founding member of the Indie/Synth Pop group Jupiter One, Ishibashi’s own material is an expansive brand of Art Pop, featuring looped, symphonic strings and voices mixed with magnetic, layered Electronic/Dance sounds and slanted Pop melodies, harmonies and structuring. The end result is laid out gorgeously on Kishi Bashi’s compelling debut full-length on Joyful Noise Recordings from earlier this year, 151a, coming off like a strange but compelling mix of Andrew Bird, Smile-era Brian Wilson and of Montreal.

Kishi Bashi performs a free show at Mayday (4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside) tonight. The show starts at 9 p.m. with New York acid Folk Rock troupe Tall Tall Trees.

Click here to listen to/purchase 151a. And below is a stunning live performance of Ishibashi playing new album track "Manchester" for The Wild Honey Pie's "Buzzsessions."

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