In a very special evening at Housing Works, Kishi Bashi joined unlikely forces with slam poet Brian Omni Dillon for a collaborative performance. With a booming and captivating voice that refused the microphone, Omni Dillon opened with three poems before bringing Kishi on stage. With the backing of Kishi’s ominous, hair-raising sounds, Omni Dillon’s voice became subdued, melting symbiotically into the music for a powerful effect.
To much applause, Omni Dillon stepped down and Kishi took the stage alone. Equipped with only a violin and effects pedals, Kishi had the audience spellbound with ornate and richly layered rhythms over which his voice floated its pained and hypnotic melodies. The energy kicked up when Kishi introduced his new touring band members on percussion, banjo, and backing vocals. The set reached a crescendo with the aptly named “It All Began with a Burst”, which had the audience clapping in rapid fire. Kishi brought the evening to a close with a transfixing solo rendition of “I am the Antichrist to You.”
Although his show this Friday at Bowery Ballroom is sold out, be sure to catch him next time he is in town!
Some absolutely stunning images from the Kishi Bashi + Brian Omni Dillon event on Monday!
Kaoru Ishibashi was once a go-to guy when an indie band needed a violin. He played with Regina Spektor, the band Of Montreal, and Sondre Lerche. Then last year he released his own critically-acclaimed solo album, under the name Kishi Bashi.
It’s fair to say that Ishibashi expanded his sonic palette on that album. While violins are involved, the Kishi Bashi song “Bright Whites” deals in diverse sonic territory, held together by an insistent energy throughout the track.
TONIGHT! FREE! (via Gig Alert: Kishi Bashi - Soundcheck)
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, we have a (FREE) event going on every night! Here’s what we have to look forward to:
Tonight we have Sing Speak, a collaboration between one of NPR’s best artists of 2012 Kishi Bashi and poet, author, and NYU Gallatin performance poetry professor Brian Omni Dillon.
Then, join us tomorrow as Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) talks with NY Times travel writer Matt Gross about How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.
Wednesday we have the launch party for the first issue of literary magazine The Atlas Review! The evening will feature poems, fiction, and music from the magazine’s contributors. Check out the event page for a full list of readers.
On Thursday get weird with The OkCupid Show: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet. Hosted by comedian Adam Jacobson (CHESTER) and writer and storyteller Michelle Markowitz (The Hairpin, nytimes.com), the show will feature special guests Ryan O’Connell (Thought Catalog), comedian Charla Louriston, Lauran Bans (GQ), and Steve Heisler (The A.V. Club, Variety).
Friday as usual stop by for The Slush Pile happy hour. Grab a grilled cheese and a beer and catch up on some end-of-the-week reading or board game-playing.
Finally on Saturday, join the International Crime Book Group as they discuss Cara Black’s Parisian mystery Murder in the Marais.