Jherek Bischoff

September 22, 2014

‘Cistern’ Kickstarter Campaign + Australian Tour Dates

Ahoy from down under!
I hope you are all doing well! I have been really busy and happy, and I have some super exciting announcements!
Banner for Kickstarter Campaign
First of all, I am making a new record!!! The record is called Cistern and is a collection of ambient orchestral music I wrote after spending some time in an underground, 2-million gallon, empty water tank with an insanely long reverb. I have played many of these songs all over the world, and after many of you asked where you could purchase the music, I realized it needed to be recorded.
In order to bring this record to life, I have launched a Kickstarter campaign, and could really use your help and support. For the recording, I am collaborating with the wonderful ensemble Contemporaneous from NYC. I am very excited about the music, and can’t wait to put it out into the world. I am hoping you will feel the same way, too!
For more information about this project and how to support it, please swing by my Kickstarter page and also check out the different rewards I have up for grabs! New and older music, as well as some rare and unique offerings…

Also, I am back in Melbourne, Australia, embarking on a month and a half long tour of Australia with my pal Missy Higgins.
Missy Higgins 'Oz' Album Cover
Earlier this year, I co-produced Missy’s new record Oz, which came out Sept. 19th. The record is all covers of Australian artists. I am extremely proud of the record and Missy was an absolute dream to work with. I was able to work in some super lush string and horn arrangements as well as some fun rocking tunes. Here is the video for my personal fave, ‘Shark Fin Blues’:


For this tour, I will be opening all of the shows, as well as playing bass in Missy’s band. For some shows I will be playing a solo set, while for others, I will be playing with a string quartet. We are going to be playing shows all over Australia, so if you are here, or may find yourself here during the tour, please join us for what are sure to be some lovely nights of music-making. If you have any friends in Australia, whom you think might enjoy the music, I would appreciate your help spreading the word!
Visit my LIVE page for a list of shows!

Lastly, I recently moved to Los Angeles. I love it there… So much good vegan food! So many cute dogs. So many sunny days. That’s all, just love it and thought I would share!

All the best to you, and thank you for your continued support.
Jherek Bischoff

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Ladies and Gentlemen of Seattle…

August 13, 2014

 

I will be performing at Moore Theatre on Sept 4th with a chamber ensemble and special guest singers including:
Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think),
Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes, Swan Lake (band)),
& Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls) performing Crying, a new theatrical work.
More TBA!

In past shows, I have often utilized very large ensembles. For this show, I wanted to showcase the incredible individuals that have been the absolute core to my music-making and have inspired me to be a composer. I have also recently been performing a lot more with chamber ensembles and it has excited me a great deal to see and hear the personalities of each player so well.
Instrumentation will be -

Paris Hurley – Violin
Alina To – Violin
Alex Guy – Viola
Maria Scherer Wilson – Cello
Scott Teske – Upright Bass
Beth Fleenor – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Korum Bischoff – Percussion
and I will be playing a variety of instruments as well.

It is going to be a really wonderful evening of music.
Please spread the word and join us!
http://www.stgpresents.org/moore/calendar/eventdetail/1484/-/jherek-bischoff

Kronos at 40

March 13, 2014

 

When I got an email from David Harrington of Kronos Quartet, my heart leapt out of my chest. No kidding. I was grabbing a coffee early morning after what at the time was my biggest show and musical achievement yet and I was so high on adrenaline I could not sleep. That show was at Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC 2012. The email said that he had listened to the live stream of the show and he was interested in meeting with me. My adrenaline plus coffee plus this news turned into nearly having a panic attack because my body and mind was simply not used to this much incredible news and energy! I had been a fan for many years and as with a lot of people, Kronos was one of a small hand full of music makers that exposed me to classical music in the first place.

It took a while to finally get to be in the same room with David as both or our schedules were/are insane. We finally found time in Adelaide at Adelaide Music Festival where we were both performing. We went out for coffee and I was totally blown away by his energy. He was super humble and had the most amazing stories about hanging with Piazzolla and Bernstein… Crazy!

Eventually we were able to find an opportunity for me to write a piece for them that is named A Semiperfect Number. They are celebrating their 40th (!) anniversary this year and to kick it off they did a week of shows at Lincoln Center Out Of Doors. Lincoln Center commissioned the work and we played it at the festival back in July 2013.

Writing for Kronos is intimidating to say the least. To have the opportunity to write for a group that could pull off ANYTHING that you put in front of them is a confusing (to me anyways) proposition. My music to be frank is generally on the easier side of things and I also write more in pop song form than most composers as I come from a more rock background than anything else. It is very tempting to write something overly notey for Kronos Quartet…  I made 2 conscious decisions. One was to simply write from the heart, not the brain. Two was to try to give each player an equal presence because they all are such expressive players, but seriously, it was very tempting to write something really far out and crazy with 10 billion notes.

Now we get to the “love letter” part of this. Rehearsing this piece for the first time with the quartet was one of the most inspiring musical moments of my life. Kronos Quartet has been an ensemble for 40 years and they blew me away with their focus, love, attention to detail and desire to make the best music they could. It is a truly collaborative effort. After becoming a household name (of cool households anyways!), being so successful and traveling the world performing so prolifically, it could be easy for an artist/band/performer to fall into a  “phoning it in” mentality. Kronos was the exact opposite! They broke down my piece bar by bar and would continue to experiment with ways to play each part until we would find something that we all felt great about, and then we would try to take it one step even further! Sometimes that extra step was a big breakthrough, and many times we would all say, no… lets go back to the other way. It was always worth giving it a try and each member had great input. Seeing them take the time and really go for it full on AFTER 40 YEARS, is just amazing. It has inspired me to keep pushing forward and to continue to push my own boundaries. To not stop when things sound good without at least trying to make it sound even better.  I hope that I have as much energy and presence in my music making 25 years from now, and if I do, Kronos will absolutely be to thank.

Thank you to the entire beautiful Kronos family. You are all amazing.

I will be performing with Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall on March 28th. Come celebrate with us!

 

 

 

 

Eyes Video

July 9, 2013

Hello

These photos depict the film shoot for the “Eyes” video, where I eventually got to meet one of the heroes who appeared on the album, David Byrne. The footage was put together with shots of a chamber orchestra from Seattle, you can see the awesome results in the video below.

   

Ladies & Gentleman of Europe and U.K… I’m coming for ya!

June 24, 2013

I am embarking yet again on a series of tours with my friend Amanda Palmer. I will be playing bass in the The Grand Theft Orchestra and will also be opening nearly all of the shows. Excitingly & terrifyingly I am continuing to put myself far outside my comfort zone, meaning in this case for the most part I will be opening these shows completely solo on bass, uke and a touch of vocals. I feel like I have a really great set of old and new material that all were written for large ensemble, boiled down to the core. I don’t plan on doing this kind of set very often, so catch it while you can! You can find all of the dates on my live page.
Also, a reminder that I have two shows of note in NY in July.
Kronos Quartet + me at Lincoln Center July 28th
Me at Le Poisson Rouge with Contemporanious, July 31st. This will be an ultra special evening with a 20 person ensemble and radical guest vocalists! Get tickets early and here!
XO
Jherek

May 7, 2013

I am back so soon! I am here to remind you that you can get Composed over at Amazon US for $5 until the 15th of May. Go get it here.

Here is another tune from my show on December 1, 2012 at The Moore Theater in Seattle. This one features a beautiful tune by Soko. Arrangement by yours truly.

 

I have some exciting news!

May 2, 2013

Ahoy Mateys!

First of all, “Composed” was chosen by Amazon US to be a part of the 100 for $5 program. So! For the next two weeks you can order “Composed” for only 5 one dollar bills! That’s like one double (vegan) mocha frappuccino with extra (vegan) whip cream for 9 songs with an entire orchestra and some of the best singers alive (in my opinion)!
Get it here.

In other news… I am currently writing a piece for Kronos Quartet!!! WHAT?!?! Yup. Lincoln Center commissioned me to write a new piece for Kronos Quartet to be played by them at Lincoln Center as part of their Out of Doors festival. The evening includes new music from Amon Tobin, Dan Deacon, Bryce Dessner and more. To top it all off, IT’S FREE! I am so insanely honored to be composing for Kronos. For a lil fella like myself, it is about as good as it gets. More details here.

For the next two weeks as this Amazon US sale is going, I am going to be posting 4 videos from my show at The Moore Theater on Dec. 1 of last year. So check back often and you can see what shenanigans we got up to.

Hello to listeners from NPR’s Fresh Air

April 9, 2013

Earlier today NPR’s Fresh Air program broadcast this 30 minute interview with me. Many of you might be discovering my music for the first time. If you like what you hear, please follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or go ahead and download this free track from my latest album:

Listen/Buy:
Brassland (US and rest of World)
The Leaf Label (UK and Europe)
Amazon US / Amazon UK
iTunes US / iTunes UK

A few announcements

January 25, 2013

Well hello!

2012 was rediculously amazing! I shared the stage with so many of my heroes and friends, traveled the world, met tons of absolutely wonderful folks. It was crazy. Check out my blog post below for a detailed look at everything I got up to in 2012, including videos and pictures!

It feels as though the foundation I have been working so hard to build my whole life is finally done and its time to start building! 2013 will certainly be that. There are tons of things I am so close to announcing, but not able to just yet. BIG STUFF. Still pinching myself kind of stuff. So check back often! One of my new years resolutions is to stay more current with this stuff!

Here are a few  announcements!

New videos -
From my live broadcast on KEXP. This is super well documented and with some of the players from my record!

And another nice video from The Ecstatic Music Festival.

I was also just commissioned by The Liasons Project to write an arrangement for solo piano of a Stephen Sondheim tune!

Some Shows - 

I have a handful of shows confirmed in the US at the end of February supporting the incredible Efterklang… check out my Live Page for more info

I am also performing at Adelaide Festival on March 6th. I am performing with an orchestra at this one playing music from Composed with some special guest singers. The show will also have a couple of my favorite bands on the bill, Deerhoof and Buke and Gase. It will be a real great one!

Finally, I just wanted to remind you all about my newest release called “Scores”, available on CD or digitally. It is instrumental versions of the songs from “Composed”. When I was recording “Composed”, I was at a point where all the music was done and no vocals had been added. I almost kept the record instrumental because I loved the space and feeling the music had and was scared to loose this. As soon as I heard the vocalists add their stuff, my concerns went away, but the instrumentals give you a chance to perhaps discover some details overlooked in “Composed”. “Scores” also comes with option of… YOU GUESSED IT! Scores for the entire record! All of the parts for all of the instruments for your own playing pleasure! I am excited about this because usually scores are hard to come by or expensive. These are neither of those things! Enjoy!

Alright! Happy New Year everyone and be sure to check out my ’2012 round up’ blog below.

XO
Jherek