Extremely pleased and excited to announce the four finalists for the #KishiBashiSpringFling performance competition!
A warm congratulations to:
Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia (http://bit.ly/21xoLWw)
Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs, New York (http://bit.ly/1LQWw8K)
Northside College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois (http://bit.ly/1TNjqFV)
Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois (http://bit.ly/1RBswCi)
We received so many wonderful submissions, and I wanted to thank every school who participated; seeing so many dedicated musicians perform my music was an absolute honor.
We’ll be announcing the winner of the competition later in the week!
I'm curating the Keepers Record Club's January record; my choice for this month is Barr Brothers' "Barr Brothers"! Click here to take a look!
Sign up by January 4th to receive a copy of the double LP and my own exclusive liner notes on this fantastic record! Use the code KISHIBASHI at checkout for 10% off!
I'll be coming to Iowa in the new year! We've set a date for April 6th, 2016, at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. Very much looking forward to seeing you there; find ticket information here: http://bit.ly/1O0h98E
In conjunction with the release of String Quartet Live!, Kishi Bashi is launching a special contest for student orchestras around the country. He's made the sheet music for all nine tracks on String Quartet Live! available for download via Bandcamp, and orchestras from anywhere in the country are encouraged to learn two songs of their choosing (international schools are welcome to submit for future consideration but unfortunately cannot be considered at this time). Orchestras should submit two songs, 1 slow and 1 fast (adding their own interpretations if they'd like) and submit a video of their group performing each by uploading it to YouTube with the hashtag #KishiSpringFling. The winning orchestra will have Kishi Bashi perform live at their Spring 2016 concert, plus D’Addario will outfit your orchestra with strings and accessories! First and second runner up prizes provided by D'Addario.
Here's what we need from you:
-Go to Bandcamp, and download the new String Quartet Live! album which will give you access to the sheet music (listed as "bonus material")
-Choose 2 songs to perform (preferably 1 slow, and 1 fast tempo). You do not need to play them verbatim - they are open for interpretation
-Send a brief blurb (video or email) about yourself, and school to email@example.com: Who are you? Why are you excited to perform this music? Why do you want Kishi Bashi to come to your school?
-Record (iPhone video is fine) the 2 songs, upload to YouTube, and use the hashtag #KishiSpringFling
-Kishi Bashi will announce the winner, and arrange with your school to perform at your spring concert
The deadline is February 22nd, 2016, so be sure to submit by then!
Grand Prize: Kishi Bashi performs at your school + D’Addario will outfit your orchestra with strings – up to $5000 retail value worth of D’Addario strings and accessories
1st Runner Up: Up to $1000 retail value worth of D’Addario strings and accessories
2nd Runner Up: Up to $1000 retail value worth of D’Addario strings and accessories
Click here to download the the album and sheet music; I'm very much looking forward to your submissions!
I'm incredibly excited to announce that my live album String Quartet: Live! is out today! Its creation was an incredible journey and labor of love, and I'm incredibly glad that I finally get to share it with you all. Listen below on Spotify! And be sure to purchase your own copy here!
Delighted to announce that I'll be performing at CRASHfest at the House of Blues Boston, Sunday January 24th. Honored to be part of a line-up featuring Angélique Kidjo, The Dhol Foundation, Monsieur Periné, Debo Band, The Steel Wheels, Leyla McCalla, Tongues in Trees, Session Americana, and tons more to be announced!
Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 12th at 10:00am. You can get them below; I can't wait to see you!