Kaoru Ishibashi (Kishi Bashi) Violin, Vocals, Composer
Chicago Philharmonic's 22-23 Symphonic Season finishes on April 14 at the Harris Theater with award-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kishi Bashi’s Improvisations on EO9066. The piece explores Executive Order 9066, which saw the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans during the Second World War. This immersive, multimedia experience with Kishi Bashi and the full Chicago Philharmonic features photography by Dorothea Lange and the filmmaking expertise of Director JJ Gerber. Critics have hailed Kishi Bashi’s work as “an uplifting documentary about a musician, but also about sympathy, compassion, and basic humanity” (Screen Zealots) and “a celebration of the diversity of America” (AU Review).