Monday, 26 August 2013 11:10

Instrumentalist Best Bet: Kishi Bashi

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Kishi Bashi
Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids
Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
$10 for public, $5 for Calvin students with ID
calvin.edu/sao, (616) 526-6282

While it's not unusual for a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist to be involved in, well, multiple projects, what is unusual about Kishi Bashi is just how simultaneously attentive and prolific he is to all the musical pies he has his fingers in. Just over the course of two years, Bashi (real name: Kaoru Ishibashi), has released no less than three solo albums across multiple countries – there's that 'm' word again – while continuing to perform regularly with high-profile hipster faves like Of Montreal and Regina Spektor. With a live show that combines classically trained violin fiddling with beat-boxing (yup, that's a thing), Bashi is a force to be, if not reckoned with, then certainly watched, studied, and above all, appreciated. Come check out Bashi's live show at Ladies Literary Club to see just what all the fuss – and vocal looping – is all about.

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