Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Sat May 13

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Featuring Kishi Bashi

DATE: Saturday, May 13, 2023
DOORS: 5:30 PM
Live on the Outdoor Stage
Genre: Symphony Orchestra
Age Limit: All Ages are Welcome
Large Event Parking
Price: $45
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The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will be performing LIVE on the Outdoor Stage at Salvage Station on Saturday, May 13th, 2023 featuring Kishi Bashi! Doors open at 5:30 PM and the music starts at 7:00 PM. All ages are welcome! Very limited PAID ON-SITE PARKING will be available starting at 4:30 PM. Our on-site lot will fill up quickly but our satellite parking lots with free shuttle service will begin at 5:00 PM! You can get a shuttle ride to Salvage Station’s front door from Zen Tubing at 608 Riverside Drive or at the Asheville Visitor Center at 36 Montford Avenue. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes and these parking lots are FREE!! We also encourage patrons to Uber, Lyft, Taxi, bike, and CARPOOL!

FOOD: Root Down will be serving their delicious twist on Southern Soul food PLUS we will have Mountain View BBQ and Celcilia’s Kitchen food trucks on-site! Be sure to check out one of 5 FULL bars open for you to enjoy!

DRESS: Please NO HIGH HEEL SHOES at Salvage Station!! The terrain is mostly gravel and mulch, so flat shoes are recommended. Small handheld umbrellas are permitted and we also encourage guests to bring layers as it does get cool in the evening.

Check out our FAQ page here to learn about large event parking options, what you can and cannot bring inside the venue, and MORE!

A word from Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO):

We head for the banks of the French Broad River to perform on Salvage Station’s massive outdoor stage. Featuring Kishi Bashi – a folk-infused, cinema-inspired artist known the world over for his cross-genre and multi-disciplinary approach to music-making – this ALT ASO performance doubles as the festival opener for Asheville Amadeus 2023. The final ALT concert of the year will feature representation from Kishi Bashi’s expansive catalog, including orchestrated versions of “I am the Antichrist to You,” “Can’t Let Go Juno,” and “Manchester,” alongside American symphonic favorites specifically curated by Maestro Darko Butorac and Kishi Bashi himself!

About ALT ASO Flexible Chamber Orchestra Series:

The Asheville Symphony is pleased to announce a new addition to its musical offerings, launching in January 2022. The ALT ASO flexible chamber series takes the orchestra on the road to unique locations throughout Asheville. Its Spring 2022 series includes performances at Highland Brewing, The Orange Peel, and Asheville Art Museum, featuring everything from opera to country, jazz standards to American folk songs — and more.

We are excited to partner with diverse organizations across Asheville to produce unique and engaging artistic experiences in unexpected spaces. This is also a fun opportunity to expand the types of music our musicians get to perform — in the first show, for example, we are running the musical gamut from the femme fatales of opera to pop and grunge.

Daniel Crupi, Asheville Symphony Executive Director

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About Kishi Bashi:

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were professors at Old Dominion University. As a 1994 graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, he went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music before becoming a renowned violinist. Ishibashi has recorded and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and most recently, the Athens, Georgia-based indie rock band, of Montreal. He remains based in Athens.

Kishi Bashi is also the singer and founding member of the New York electronic rock outfit, Jupiter One. In 2011, he started to record and perform as a solo artist, opening for Sondre Lerche, Alexi Murdoch, and of Montreal. He supported of Montreal on their spring 2012 tour.

Shortly after Ishibashi debuted his full-length solo album “151a” on Indianapolis label Joyful Noise Recordings, NPR All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen listed Kishi Bashi as his favorite new artist of 2012 noting that he created “a radiant, uplifting soundscape” with songs such as “Bright Whites.” 

Kishi Bashi has since been invited to play in major festivals such as SXSW and Austin City Limits and gone on an extensive US tour with supporting acts such as The Last Bison (from his native Hampton Roads, Virginia). In early 2013, Kishi Bashi held a North American tour across the United States and Canada, continuing in EU and UK in spring 2013.

In 2014 Kishi Bashi released his own line of coffee through Jittery Joe’s called Royal Daark Blend. Each purchase comes with an exclusive song download. 2016 saw Kishi Bashi release his new album  “Sonderlust” live on NPR’s All Songs Considered.  

Following on from “Sonderlust”, he released his album “Omoiyari” (a Japanese word for the idea of creating compassion toward other people by thinking about them) in 2019, in support of his feature length documentary “Omoiyari: A songfilm by Kishi Bashi” which explores minority identity and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII. After 4 years in the making and over $100,000 donated by backers across the globe, the film officially premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2022.

In 2020 Kishi Bashi scored the entire soundtrack for the touching Apple TV+ kids show “Stillwater” with composer Toby Chu, and released it as an album featuring 18 tracks of uplifting orchestral tunes.

His Emigrant EP, released in 2021, is a very special companion piece to ‘Omoiyari’ and serves as a time capsule of the 2020 condition and a continuation of the concepts explored in ‘Omoiyari’.

In 2022 he announced the re-issue of his debut album 151a in honor of the 10 year anniversary of its original release, as his first double LP which includes original demo’s of all the album tracks. “151a (Demo-arigato Version)” is available now on all streaming platforms.

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