Big Show Coming Up!

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!

Ambient Orchestra Video!

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

xo

Stop Motion!

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!!

Degenerate Art Ensemble pics and closing thoughts

Well, The Degenerate Art Ensembles Red Shoes shows have come to a close. It was such an incredible journey from start to finish. I had a chance to write string quartets, brass band music, a totally disgusting mish mash of midi music that we called Midi Madness, subsonic bass frequencies, and choral music for the St. James Chorus! The project took us out to NYC and The Watermill Center (see post below), and was an introduction to working with the INSANELY talented Dohee Lee. The show took place in four locations around the First Hill neighborhood here in Seattle. I took myself to the limit with performing by playing bass, drum, keyboard, sousaphone, amputated leg, and laptop... CRAZY! I want to thank everyone who came out and REALLY thank all of the volunteers and amazing collaborators that were involved in this very ambitious project! Here are some beautiful pictures from Bruce Tom.

Robert Wilson's Watermill Center Residency

I am currently in New York state at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. I am here with The Degenerate Art Ensemble for a couple weeks working super intensely. This place is like nowhere else I have ever been. It is like an insanely well curated art museum where you are actually able to touch and interact with the art. Everything is a piece of art here, from the chairs we sit on, to the bowls we eat out of (they have catalog numbers written on the bottoms!) There are modern art pieces as well as little pop art things that have no real "value". It is exciting to see some of these priceless pieces of art along side things that still have artistic merit, but are readily available in stores or found on the side of a road. It reminds you to look for art in everything! There is a fantastic library here too with rare and out of print art books. One of the most exciting things I have done here is record a library of samples of 29 of the ancient pots that are on shelves around the building. Some of these pots date back to as early as 2000 BC. I would pick up a pot(extremely carefully!) and find the resonant frequency of the pot by singing into it and then record it. I then put each pot onto a different key of my midi keyboard so every note corresponds with a different pot. I did not change any of the natural pitches of the pots and left the tuning to be decided by the pots themselves. Here is the first little piece I made to demonstrate.

Singing Pots Study 1 by Jherek Bischoff

It was truly amazing to sing into these ancient pots. It is crazy to imagine that some of these 4000 year old pots may have never been sung into, and I feel super lucky to be in a place that not only has these in their collection, but also embrace and trust artists to interact with them in their own way. How much more generous could you ever be! Thank you Robert Wilson! Looking forward to writing some music with these!

Privilege Pt. 3

My crazy face is the cover of the newest installment of the 5 part Privilege set by Parenthetical Girls. These will also be hand numbered in my blood. My mom watches too many crime dramas and is afraid that someone will use this blood at a crime scene, while Zac assures me that actually now we can get away with anything, that we can call plausible deniability because now our blood is widely available. Anyways to commit crimes with our blood, or to just listen to some new tunes.. Head on over to www.parentheticalgirls.com

Free Music

A cover I just made of an X-Ray Press Song. Featuring Paris Hurley (Violins), Amy Denio (Sax), Myself on everything else. The Terms (Jherek Bischoff version) by Jherek Bischoff This is an orchestral version of Konono No. 1's Kule Kule. Released on a CD named Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers on Crammed Discs (2011)

The song features-

Jherek Bischoff- Bass, Cello

Paris Hurley- Violins

Brianna Atwell- Violas

Beth Fleenor- Bass Clarinet

Sam Boshnack- Trumpet

Fred Hawkinson- Trombone

Kule Kule (Orchestral Version) by Jherek Bischoff

Organ Recording!

On Friday I had the chance to get into St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle and have their organist play a few of my pieces on their huge organ! It was super amazing. To hear that much sound coming from 1 person, activating thousands of pipes... wheeeew! It was a very exciting moment for me. When I was maybe 12 or so, my school took all us kids on a field trip to check out all the major religions and houses of worship. We ended up at St. Marks Cathedral. They took us up to the organ and a man played the organ for us. This was right around the time when I was choosing an instrument to play. He showed us the range of the instrument and when he played those foot pedals and made the gigantic bass notes come out, well I really believe that that was when I decided to play bass. To feel the whole place vibrating and to hear the wind whizzing through the tubes, it really had an impact on me. So to come around probably close to 20 years later(!!!!) and hear my music played on this instrument was a real pleasure. I recorded 3 pieces. 1. A song I wrote for Parenthetical Girls.

2. A song for string quartet that I arranged for the organ.

3. A piece that Mayumi Heider wrote. She wrote this great piece that when I found out I would be getting access to this organ we arranged it specifically for it.

I would like to thank Robb Kunz for recording and Alan DePuy for being kind enough to play our music!