Now a father, with various bands and projects behind him, Ishibashi is composing captivating, mercurial melodies under the name Kishi Bashi. The singer-songwriter is always experimenting – turning his beatboxing into deep, complex loops, playing funky bass riffs, and experimenting with synthesizers – all while running his bow along the line between popular and classical music.
As touring winds down for his 2016 album “Sonderlust,” Ishibashi is at work on his next piece: a film that explores Japanese internment during World War II and the role of empathy and education in driving social change.
Guest host Anita Rao talks to Ishibashi about his film project and how his music has evolved over time. He performs with ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.