Kishi Bashi Biography
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 151A, his full-length solo debut under the moniker, in April 2012.
Tall Tall Trees Biography
In a span of three short years, Tall Tall Trees has gone from bedroom recording side project to one of New York City’s most unique live bands. Bluegrass purists might shake a finger when lead singer and principal songwriter Mike Savino plugs his 5-string banjo into a series of stomp boxes and cranks up his amplifier but for fans, the results are strinkingly fresh and original. The band, which also features guitarist Kyle Sanna, bassist Benjamin Campbell, and eccentric percussionist Mathias Kunzli, has been honing it’s live chops performing at NYC’s Highline Ballroom, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and most recently opening for jam band Donna the Buffalo.
Their self-titled debut album was released in the summer of 2009 and widely received by college radio stations all throughout North America making a couple of appearances on the CMJ top 200 charts. Using a similar formula to fellow New Yorkers Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors, Tall Tall Trees mix American folk and rock with elements of Brazilian and African music, providing polyrhythmic support to Savino’s melodically and lyrically twisted tunes. Live, the band is energetic and masterful, reflecting years spent collaborating with a diverse roster of artists including Moby, Yo Yo Ma, and Vieux Farka Toure. “We’re all ex-jazz heads and world music junkies,” says Savino. “I became obsessed with music from Pernambuco, Brazil and that has become a big part of my musical landscape.”
What exactly does that mean for the listener? Two words: triangle solo.