The Kitsune Ensemble is an improvising chamber group comprised of Japanese and American musicians based in New York City. Our music conveys narratives inspired by rare facets of Japanese culture and history. Our productions are primarily interdisciplinary and incorporate dance, theatrical performances, and interactive installations.

Although our music draws from traditional Japanese elements such as Koto tunings and Shakuhachi stylings, we perform on Western instruments and combine classical, jazz, free improvisation, funk, and other contemporary idioms. We explore the intersections between diverse genres to achieve an entirely personal form of expression.

The Kistune Ensemble has performed at the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, the Spring Fever theatre festival, and the Planet Arlington world music series.

Composer/director Billy Fox and the Kitsune Ensemble have received grants from the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. We are proud members of the Asian American Arts Alliance and Fractured Atlas.