Since the profoundly successful release of 151a two years ago, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across the globe with his loop-based live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees. Now, with a new album under his belt, he hits the road again with an arsenal of exciting performances to be unleashed on audiences across the UK and Europe throughout October.
151a was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi, the pseudonym for artist K. Ishibashi, was touring and recording with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal (where he was a full-time member and co-producer). In late 2012, after the success of 151a, Kishi Bashi decided to focus solely on his own music and began composing the new material, which led to the songs that are featured on new album Lighght.
Lighght takes its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, and the record (which is pronounced "Light", by the way) continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, 151a, which earned Kishi Bashi the title of "Best New Artist" for 2012 by NPR.
Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation on Lighght. Bright and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass-inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with '70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes). If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that's because it is. But it works.
UK / European Tour:
Oct 11th - Whelans, Dublin (IE)
Oct 13th - The Cluny, Newcastle (UK)
Oct 14th - Broadcast, Glasgow (UK)
Oct 15th - The Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)
Oct 16th - Thekla, Bristol (UK)
Oct 17th - Bush Hall, London (UK)
Oct 18th - Bermuda Triangle, Brighton (UK)
Oct 20th - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (UK)
Oct 22nd - Witloof Bar, Sint-Joost-Ten-Node (BE)
Oct 23rd - Point Ephemere, Paris (FR)
Oct 24th - La Peniche, Lille (FR)
Oct 25th - Paradijskerk, Rotterdam (NE)
Oct 27th - Paradiso, Amsterdam (NE)
Oct 28th - Studio 672, Cologne (DE)
Oct 29th - Rock Café, Hamburg (DE)
Oct 30th - Comet Club, Berlin (DE)
Oct 31st - Ampere, Munich (DE)
Nov 1st - Kiff, Aarau (CH)
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.