International recording artist Kishi Bashi will perform in concert with District 219 orchestra students, as well as musicians from McCracken and Golf Middle Schools at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in the Auditorium at Niles North High School, 9800 N. Lawler, Skokie. There will be added singers, percussionists, and a student banjo player. This one-of-a-kind concert is free to the public.
Niles North High School is one of four schools in the country that will receive a performance from Kishi Bashi. The North Orchestras entered a contest earlier this year, uploading their performances of Kishi Bashi songs to YouTube, and were selected as one of the winners.Niles North’s YouTube Kishi Bashi entry.
NPR describes Kishi Bashi as “a master of building his music from the ground up, from live violin loops to layered singing to beatboxing, in order to create pocket symphonies steeped in classical music and 21st-century pop.” His music incorporates electronics, acoustic violin, singing and beautiful lyrics.