Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi

ARTIST PROFILE

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym for violin virtuoso K Ishibashi. Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his first full-length album "151a" via Joyful Noise in 2012, which received high praise and the title of NPR's "Best New Artist Of The Year". K's follow-up album "Lighght" expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation, flirting with Eastern-tinged arrangements, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and 70s prog. With 2016’s "Sonderlust", K’s work became more intensely personal and artistically adventurous with the help of producer Chris Taylor, engineer Pat Dillet, and drummer Matt Chamberlain.

"Omoiyari" is Kishi Bashi’s fourth album, and his most important yet. Many of the songs were initially inspired by history and oppression, and he deftly weaves tales of love, loss, and wanting to connect listeners to the past. Channeling the hard-learned lessons of history, Omoiyari is an uncompromising musical statement on the turbulent sociopolitical atmosphere of present-day America, lauded by NPR for its “profound empathy” and The New York Times for its “hand played yet exquisitely polished” qualities. 

Over the last several years, K has traveled frequently to Montana and Wyoming to work on an upcoming “song film” version of Omoiyari about Japanese internment during WWII. It has been an emotional and creatively potent experience for Kaoru to spend time in the American West, speaking with internment camp incarcerees and descendents. Considering his own bicultural identity as the child of Japanese immigrants has come to influence Kishi Bashi’s approach to songwriting. 

Promo Photos

Album Art

Omoiyari

Management

Tom Sarig // Esther Creative Group
tom@ecgnyc.com

US Publicity

Hector Silva // Chromatic PR
hector@chromaticpr.com

Christina // Chromatic PR
christina@chromaticpr.com 

Radio

Shil Patel // Tiger Bomb Promo
shil@tigerbombpromo.com 

Booking

Emilio Grijalva // United Talent
Emilio.Grijalva@unitedtalent.com

Licensing & Syncs

Terrorbird
syncteam@terrorbird.com // 323-284-8000

Label

Karl Hofstetter // Joyful Noise
karl@joyfulnoiserecordings.com

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Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 1
Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 1
Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 2

Kishi Bashi

Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!

It All Began With A Burst / Prologue/Twilight - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 1
It All Began With A Burst / Prologue/Twilight - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 1
It All Began With A Burst / Prologue/Twilight - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 2

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It All Began With A Burst / Prologue/Twilight

Bright Whites / This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 1
Bright Whites / This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 1
Bright Whites / This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Kishi Bashi - Joyful Noise Recordings - 2

Kishi Bashi

Bright Whites / This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Kishi Bashi - Manchester / A Sunday Smile
Kishi Bashi - Manchester / A Sunday Smile
Kishi Bashi - Manchester / A Sunday Smile

Kishi Bashi

Manchester / A Sunday Smile

Omoiyari Sticker Sheet
Omoiyari Sticker Sheet
Omoiyari Sticker Sheet

Kishi Bashi

Omoiyari Sticker Sheet

Kishi Bashi

"Athens Resonates" Tote Bag

Omoiyari Hat
Omoiyari Hat
Omoiyari Hat
Omoiyari Hat
Omoiyari Hat
Omoiyari Hat

Kishi Bashi

Omoiyari Hat