1. On Kishi Bashi's second album, technique and experimentation collide in high-spirited, even disorienting ways.
Stream Lighght from NPR Music’s First Listen. 

    On Kishi Bashi's second album, technique and experimentation collide in high-spirited, even disorienting ways.

    Stream Lighght from NPR Music’s First Listen

  2. Known for his live looping, Kishi Bashi got together with a string quartet to cover one of his favorite Beirut songs. 
Watch “A Sunday Smile” now.

    Known for his live looping, Kishi Bashi got together with a string quartet to cover one of his favorite Beirut songs.

    Watch “A Sunday Smile” now.

  3. The mistletoe’d duo behind All Songs Considered rented a cabin to host a holiday party for the ages. Join Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, Nellie McKay and… vegan haggis (?) for some reindeer games!
Photo: Mike Brinson/Getty Images

    The mistletoe’d duo behind All Songs Considered rented a cabin to host a holiday party for the ages. Join Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, Nellie McKay and… vegan haggis (?) for some reindeer games!

    Photo: Mike Brinson/Getty Images

  4. Kishi Bashi is releasing “It’s Christmas, But It’s Not White Here In Our Town” as a snowflake-shaped flexi-disc soon. Hear it right now.

    Kishi Bashi is releasing “It’s Christmas, But It’s Not White Here In Our Town” as a snowflake-shaped flexi-disc soon. Hear it right now.

  5. Kishi Bashi is 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. He brings that ingenuity and songcraft to the Tiny Desk at the NPR Music offices.

  6. Juggling violin, beatboxing and both English and Japanese vocals, Kishi Bashi is a one-man orchestra who blends a mess of ingredients into a symphony of loop-pedaled wonders. Watch him build his music one melody at a time at the 9:30 Club, live in concert in Washington D.C.

    Photos: John Rose/NPR