A ton of news! First of all my birthday is coming up! To celebrate an extremely productive and awesome 33rd year of my life I have 3 (!) releases coming out the month of my birthday, September!
First - My labels, The Leaf Label (UK/EU) and Brassland (US) are getting ready to release “Scores” on September 18th. This is an instrumental version of my record Composed in a new digital format. The music will be available to download as instrumental versions and also a new exciting version that will include full notated scores of all of the tunes from Composed! If you play violin or most other orchestral instruments and want something to play along with, you will now be able to! If you are an orchestra, professional or middle school, you could play my music! I would love to post ensembles versions of these tunes up on this site so we can all see the results! FUN!
Second - Parenthetical Girls’ Privilege V is coming out September 11th! This is the last in the 5 EP series. I produced the record (same as the other ones) and wrote 3 of the 5 songs with Mr. Pennington. I am really pleased with this series. I am going to miss the process that Zac and I developed. We really let ourselves go in whatever direction that our creativity took us. We worked extremely spontaneously and it was really really lovely. You can order your copy and stay abreast of all Parenthetical girls news here!
Third - And certainly not least, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s Theater is Evil will be released also on September 11th! We recorded this in Melbourne Australia with John Congleton and the record has been getting a TON of attention! It has been a total blast. We are beginning our year of touring on September 10th. We will be coming to your city and I will be opening the sets so keep checking into my live page! Order the record here! This band is really good. Don’t miss it!
Lastly, I want to mention there are some crazy exciting announcements coming soon. New collaborations, new performances, but I cannot let the tofu out of the bag yet. I can mention a couple fun things coming up though.
TBA Festival in PDX Sept. 12th
Classical Revolution PDX (a chamber ensemble) will be performing a few of my pieces. I selected some beauties that I think will really fit in with the other AMAZING things lined up for the evening. I will not be in attendance because I will be playing in Washington DC that night.. But I am sending the always amazing Joshua Kohl of Degenerate Ensemble in my place. There is no one I trust with my music more.
A Benefit for Classical Revolution in San Francisco Sept. 27th
Classical Revolution S.F. will be performing a set of my music along with some other fantastic acts! Super honored to be a part of this! I will be in town playing at the Fillmore the night before with Amanda Palmer and will be staying an extra day to join CRSF for the evening!
Sometime in the not too distant future a video for Eyes will be coming out. I just finished shooting all of the footage and it is going to be AWESOME! Here are some pics (#1 & 2 taken by Mayumi Heider) from the shoot!
I always forget how busy I have been until I sit down to write one of these updates.. sheeesh! I am sure I am forgetting a ton of stuff, but check in with me on Twitter. I will be on there a bunch this year.
I am writing to announce that I finally have a proper website! I want to thank the fine folks at The Leaf Label for pulling this together! As many of you know, I like to do a lot of different things within music, but building websites has obviously not been one of them! I am incredibly excited to now have this as a hub for everything coming up! There is a lot!
On the site you can of course find my record “Composed” for sale, as well as some of my previous output. You can find some t-shirts that are sold solo or can be bundled with music for a special low price. And, you can find a very long list of tour dates!
In September, I will be embarking on a full US and EU tour with Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra as a member of her band and as an opening act. I am trying something absolutely insane, which is that I am assembling a different string quartet for EVERY show! The quartets will be made up of local musicians from each city! We are just finishing up a 6 city promo tour where we have been testing this out and it has been an absolute blast! It is the first time in a long time that I wake up every show day with extreme excitement to get to play music! Tour is usually a bit of an endurance test for me, but this has been a serious energy booster! I cant wait to meet and play with all of these quartets! If you or someone you know would like to take part in this, please contact me on the contact page!
On the site you can sign up for my newsletter to keep abreast of all of my news and I have also strangely taken a liking to Twitter, probably because of my proximity to Twitter master Amanda Palmer so you can check in on there too!
Take care beauties!
I have been working on this record since May of 2009 and it has been a wild journey! What started out as songs written on a ukulele and me humming gibberish has blossomed into a full orchestra and collaborations with pretty much all of my heroes! What started out as me as a very behind the scenes guy that was always afraid to ask people to participate in my own thing turned into quite the opposite.
This record is the culmination of so many things, it makes it a little hard to write about. Mostly, it has shown me that everything musically I have done in the past has been for a reason and all of the musical and non musical growing pains I have gone through have brought me to this insanely special place of working with so many wonderful musicians, singers, and the labels that have given this record a home. It has given me greater appreciation for my past, time with all of the bands that I have been in and worked with, which in turn gives me a real awareness of how exciting this time is. Many of these collaborators had never heard of me and had absolutely no obligation to be involved, but decided to collaborate because they believed in the music they heard. This gives me a lot of hope personally and for humanity!
I had a show in February at The Ecstatic Music Festival that brought everything to light. The concert was all of the tunes from “Composed“ and featured nearly all of the musicians that played on the record, most of the singers as well as a couple of my best friends. All of these people that had been put together one at a time on my little laptop and some headphones, were all now in the same room together. As I looked around the room and saw all of these amazing personalities and friends, even in the midst of all of the craziness, I made a conscious effort to take a minute every so often to really take in all of the love and support these people have given me and to remember this time where everyone is healthy, happy and freaking awesome. It was the most beautiful night of my life (so far!)!
This record to me is a celebration of my friends, family, collaborators, and to all of the musicians I have crossed paths with on the road and at home. I am taking this moment right now, before this record is released into the world and hopefully into your hands and hoping that my happiness and all of this love travels into your ears and spreads love bugs all over your brain.
This year I will be doing several tours with my friend Amanda Palmer. I will be playing bass in her band and also opening a lot of her shows. I also have some big shows later in the year planned in Seattle and NY. I hope to travel to your neck of the woods soon, so check my live page every once in a while and come see a show!
Today marks the day of the world wide release of my record Composed! So incredibly happy that my ears are flapping!
To get the record into your very own hands and ears, follow the links!
CD/LP (US + ROW) @ Brassland
CD/LP (UK + Europe) @ The Leaf Label
Check out the new video for “Young & Lovely” Featuring Zac Pennington and Soko! The video was directed by my good friend Michael McQuilken and was filmed during a couple days we had off while recording for Amanda Palmer’s record in Melbourne Australia. The whole concept and cast was based on our surroundings and the good friends that we made while spending 6 weeks there in Melbourne. The cinematographer is a lovely man named Jim Batt . A very nice, talented and hard working man. We also got access to the insanely cool apartment owned by David Walsh of Mona Museum fame. It was a lovely experience working with a bunch of new friends in beautiful Melbourne! I hope you enjoy! XO Jherek
After years of work, I am extremely pleased to officially announce the release of my record Composed. It will be coming out in late May on Brassland (US) and The Leaf Label (UK). This record is the most exciting project I have ever worked on due largely to the amazing collaborators I have had the chance to work with. It is also exciting because through this process I feel like I have very organically found a way to utilize all of the things I have learned through playing music for most of my life in a genuine way. If you told me 5 years ago that I would be composing orchestral music and collaborating with my heroes I would have thought your were nuts!
Check out the trailer for the record that gives a glimpse into most of the songs.
1. Introduction (Defeat)
2. Eyes (Jherek Bischoff & David Byrne)
3. The Secret Of The Machines (with Caetano Veloso & Greg Saunier)
4. The Nest (with Mirah Zeitlyn & Paris Hurley)
5. Blossom (Jherek Bischoff with Nels Cline)
6. Your Ghost (with Craig Wedren)
7. Counting (with Carla Bozulich)
8. Young And Lovely (with Zac Pennington & Soko)
9. Insomnia, Death And The Sea (with Dawn McCarthy)
Feb.4 2012 – Merkin Hall NYC
A co-presentation with Wordless Music
Musical polymath Jherek Bischoff is joined by an all-star cast of guest vocalists from his new album, due out in February, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mirah and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls). This concert features the Wordless Music Orchestra, supplemented by a number of Bischoff’s long-time collaborators, and marks the first-ever collaboration between Wordless Music and the Ecstatic Music Festival.
I have started a Kickstarter page to help raise funds for transportation for all of the out of town artists. You can donate here! Thank you so much for your support!
Hello! For the first time in my musical career, I finally have something well documented! I am so extremely pleased to be able to share with everyone what I have been up to! This was shot live at The Chapel Performance Space in Seattle by some folks from Into The Woods (intothewoods.tv). I have more videos to share but they will come out later. This will give you a taste! For better quality video head over to vimeo.com/jherekbischoff
I just finished a soundtrack for a fantastic short film by the amazing Eva Hall. I was introduced to her and her work through our mutual friend Jason Webley, who thought we would make good collaborators. I had a great time working on this. I used cello and some homemade instruments built by the Degenerate Art Ensemble that are in the Frye Art Museum’s current exhibition, as well as one of Robert Wilson’s ancient pots that I sampled at the Watermill Center. I hope you enjoy!!