Basho started the company because he

  1. loves teaching

  2. loves music

  3. loves making videos, and

  4. loves kids,

and he wanted to put them all together in a way that made learning fun. Through multiple iterations and evolutions BASHO & FRIENDS has continued to make music videos aimed at bringing the people of the world a little closer together by teaching languages and concepts to kids around the world.

Apart from recording songs, Basho’s favorite part of his work is the moment of elation and pride when kids see themselves in a video.

In addition to his many years of teaching experience, Basho also helped launch a service learning charter school and found an arts based after school program in Oakland, CA, has composed music for Sesame Street, collaborated on videos with Sesame Studios and Cool School, wrote and co-produced all BASHO & FRIENDS music, and currently serves as Partner at the nonprofit FuelEd - an organization that develops emotionally-intelligent educators who build relationship-driven schools.

Basho earned a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University (best part was the amazing group of peers and meeting my wife), and a BA and bilingual teaching credential from UC Santa Cruz (best part was the mentorship and the amazing Pacific Ocean!).

Rooted in his bilingual teaching experience, Basho brings a focus on simplicity, clarity, compassion, joy, and human connection to all of his work. He enjoys life in Boulder with his wife Amanda and three kids Golden, Skyler, and Primrose.

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