Kishi Bashi

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist K Ishibashi was born in Seattle, Washington but spent his formative years on the East Coast, where he honed his skills as a touring violinist for the likes of Sondre Lerche, Regina Spektor, and, later, Of Montreal.

In 2003 he co-founded the Brooklyn-based indie pop outfit Jupiter One, who went on to release a pair of EPs and two full-length albums. In 2011 Ishibashi embarked on a solo career, adopted the pseudonym Kishi Bashi, and began opening shows for Lerche, Alexi Murdoch, and Of Montreal, eventually releasing the kaleidoscopic and melodic 151A, his full-length solo debut under the moniker, in April 2012. Ishibashi's sophomore outing, Lighght, followed in early 2014. A year later, he issued String Quartet Live!, which featured selections from his first two albums skillfully arranged by Ishibashi for himself and string quartet, with appearances by Tall Tall Trees (modified banjo/vocals) and Elizabeth Ziman (vocals). It also featured a cover of the Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)." ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi