NEW SONG - "GOBO"
Presenting my latest song Gobo. Gobo is a character from Bambi, a Life in the Woods, the novel that inspired the Disney movie. Gobo didn't make it into the movie. Gobo was Faline's twin, and it is presumed that Gobo was killed during the hunting scene where Bambi's mother was killed. I'm tearing up just thinking about it...probably why Disney dropped the character - as if Bambi's mother dying wasn't tough enough!
I am a mega fan of the music from the old Disney movies and every once in a while that love pops out in mysterious ways, much like every time I write a song, some sort of theme from The Goonies seems to work its way in! 

So why Gobo and Bambi? Years ago, when I still lived in Seattle, I came to LA to help a friend on a record. One night, I wrote a guitar part and recorded it as an audio memo on my phone and sent it to my lovely girlfriend as a little bedtime lullaby. Some years after that, I fleshed the song out some more and arranged it for yMusic (part of the set that also included "Reminder" and "Super Blue Blood Moon"). My girlfriend told me it reminded her of the story arc of Bambi, which is about the best compliment I could receive! It is pretty far from Disney music really, but I think knowing that history might give you some fun stuff to visualize while listening!

The artwork is a riff on the Bambi theme as well. This month, I celebrated my 11-year vegan anniversary. Seeing the movie as a child certainly had a big impact on my feelings toward animals. I am not preaching here, just pretty proud to have remained vegan through touring all over the world. Some places are a lot tougher than others. I'm pretty happy to live in LA; it is a playground for vegans!

I have played this song twice: once with yMusic in 2012, and once with my dad's jazz band, Redshift, in 2015. Very different arrangements! It's so great to be able to revisit and release this music which hasn't been heard by many ears!

CREDITS
Sarah Wass - Flute/Piccolo
Brian Walsh - Clarinet
Allen Fogle - French Horn
Paris Hurley - Violin
Marta Sofia Honer - Viola
Aniela Marie Perry - Cello
Greg Saunier - Drums
Jherek Bischoff - Bass
Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jherek Bischoff.
Greg recorded his drums in Baltimore, MD.
Album artwork by Mayumi Heider.

Special thanks to my patron first mates: Jürgen Ahlmer, Karl Bischoff and Leslie Phinney, Nathalie Boisard-Beudin, Lisa Forrette, Claire Lickman, Mark Alan Mendes, Ryn Miake-Lye, Isabel Vogt, Virginia Willcox, Crystal Wilson and W Andrew York.

 
 

I am so grateful to my patrons who funded the creation of this song, and since they are my co-producers, they got the early release last week. I have a surprise coming to the Patreon folks tomorrow and am also working hard on new songs for the next couple of months, so I hope you will check out my Patreon and consider becoming a patron. You can check out my Patreon here.

LIVE DATES
MAR 22 - BOISE, ID - TREEFORT MUSIC FEST
Jherek set w/ string quartet.
I'll also be joining Mirah for a special set of her music that I arranged for string quartet (from the Sundial album).
Tickets available here.

MAR 31 - BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA - BIMA MOMENTUM FEST
Jherek set w/ string quartet.
Tickets available here.

MAY 1 - HAMBURG, DE - HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I'll be joining stargaze ensemble for a David Bowie tribute of songs from his Blackstar album. Guest singers to join.
*Rush tickets available day of show.

MAY 23 - TORONTO, CA - 21C MUSIC FESTIVAL
I'll be joining Kronos Quartet to perform a few pieces they have commissioned from me, plus a world premiere of a new commission.
Tickets available here.

JUN 17 - AMSTERDAM, NL - HOLLAND FESTIVAL
Jherek set w/ string quartet day concert.
I'll also be joining Kronos Quartet for an evening concert to perform songs they have commissioned from me.
Tickets available here.

JUN 20 - PARIS, FR - HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
I'll be joining stargaze ensemble for a David Bowie tribute of songs from his Blackstar album. Guest singers to join.
Tickets available here.

JUN 23 - AMSTERDAM, NL - HOLLAND FESTIVAL
I'll be joining stargaze ensemble for a David Bowie tribute of songs from his Blackstar album. Guest singers to join.
Tickets available here.

I hope to see some of you on the road. Come say hello!
Thanks for reading!