Kishi Bashi Announces European & UK “151a” Ten Year Anniversary Tour

November 6, 2022
Photo Credit: Max Ritter

Kishi Bashi

announces European & UK
151a Ten Year Anniversary Tour

This November, Kishi Bashi – the pseudonym for K Ishibashi who recorded, toured, and collaborated with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal – will headline select tour dates in Europe and the United Kingdom in support of the ten year anniversary reissue of his acclaimed 2012 debut151a.  See the full itinerary below and ticket links via his website here.

The 10th-anniversary edition of 151a (released March 2022 on Joyful Noise Recordings) expands the original album with 11 corresponding demo
recordings, and features new artwork by Hsiao Ron Cheng as well as a detailed track-by-track and liner notes by Kishi Bashi. 

“I think when people get emotional about music, they are reacting and connecting to the humanity that the artist has successfully channeled. I poured my heart and personhood into this album in an act of catharsis, and 151a launched my career and remains one of my most popular albums to this day,” Kishi Bashi reflects in the reissue’s liner notes.

They say that you spend your entire life writing your first album, piecing every formative moment, scribbled turn of phrase, and thematic epiphany into a fantastical collage. Multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi disproves that old adage. The title of Kishi Bashi’s 2011 debut album, 151a, is a riff on the Japanese phrase “ichi-go ichi-e,” roughly translating to “one time, one place.” That’s exactly what this debut is: A singular time, an inimitable place, a launchpad for bigger and better things to come.

“It’s a play on words that translates as a performance aesthetic of having a unique performance in time, with imperfections, and enjoying it while you can,” Ishibashi told NPR at the time of the album’s release. “The saying reminds me to embrace my mistakes and move forward.”

Produced and performed exclusively by Kishi Bashi, 151a is a showcase of singular talent and ambition— and it didn’t go unnoticed by fans or peers. Along with launching Kishi Bashi’s career as a soloist, this earnest debut made him one of indie music’s most in-demand violinists. 

As deeply personal as 151a undoubtedly is, the record was animated by a deep and enduring partnership. Following Kishi Bashi’s collaboration with of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes for the watershed art-pop album Paralytic Stalks, his worldview and artistic approach was transformed for the better. Strict habits hung loose, sonic palettes bled and broadened, and a one-man orchestra sprouted from a foundation of string loops.

From the deconstructed Beach Boys-esque doo-wop of “Wonder Woman” to the menacing marriage of Eastern hues and Western operatics of “Beat the Bright out of Me,” 151a is a mediation between opposing drives, offering possible reconciliation but never promising it. The album’s emotional wellspring, “I Am The Antichrist To You” was reimagined in 2021 when it was featured on the animated sci-fi sitcom Rick and Morty, introducing Kishi Bashi to a new generation of awestruck fans.

Kishi Bashi also uses 151a as a vehicle to explore his cultural background. Using Japanese refrains as a compositional and textural device (the polyrhythmic grandeur of “Bright Whites”; the gleeful surrealism of “It All Began With a Burst”), Kishi Bashi celebrates his heritage with earnestness. Japanese phrases and couplets are sung as the response to Kishi Bashi’s resplendent calls, offering listeners a conversation that dovetails with the album’s themes of love, sentimentality, and self-discovery.

Now, the “one time” and “one place” that 151a inhabited seems further than ever, almost broaching celestial realms of time and space. But, rest assured, with each listen, the world that Kishi Bashi built springs back to life. The world of 151a never left—it was just waiting to be rediscovered.

November 2022 Tour Dates
9/11 Berlin, DE @ Lido
10/11 Copenhagen, DK @ Beta
11/11 Stockholm, SE @ Stadsteatern
14/11 Vienna, AT @ Chelsea
16/11 Zurich, CH @ Plaza
17/11 Bern, CH @ Muhle Hunziken
19/11 Cologne, DE @ Artheater
20/11 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
22/11 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
24/11 Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
26/11 London, UK @ Earth
27/11 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
28/11 Dublin, IE @ Peppers Canister
29/11 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

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