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Violinist Kishi Bashi Reflects On The Past To Understand The Present

Violinist and singer Kishi Bashi is Japanese American. His most recent musical project, Omoiyari, takes a look at the history of Japanese internment, when 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated, fueled by xenophobia during World War II.

This hour, we sit down with Kishi Bashi to talk about why he’s turning to history to better understand our present, and we ask him about his unique musical style.

Kishi Bashi will be performing in the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut on November 1 at 8 pm.

Later in the hour, we talk with two Connecticut musicians about a choral project that aims to highlight underappreciated composers whose work has traditionally been relegated to the footnotes.

Kishi Bashi performs the song "Manchester" for NPR Music's All Songs Considered Sweet Sixteen concert in 2016.

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
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