Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season!
Lots of bits and bobs to report, including some new music, some new merch in the shop, a project announcement and a few live dates.
So far, the Patreon has been going gangbusters! Since I launched in November, I have released two songs -- "Red Cloak" and "Reminder" -- and an EP of Christmas tunes done in the style of Angelo Badalamenti's score for Twin Peaks -- Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk with Me!
I have another new song coming this month, and already have one planned for February. All of the new music is released to patrons first, since they are the ones funding the projects. If you want first listen to the new music, I hope you will consider becoming a patron. You can join from just $1, and the upfront and direct support makes all of this new music possible. I am incredibly grateful for every single one of my patrons! You can check out my Patreon here.
NEW SONG - "RICHES & WONDERS"
I was honored to be asked by Eliza Rickman to cover "Riches and Wonders" by The Mountain Goats for the Night Vale Presents podcast "I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats." I have been a fan of The Mountain Goats since I heard We Shall All Be Healed in 2004. A couple friends of mine worked on that record and I checked it out. The first song, "Slow West Vultures," remains one of those songs to be played at specific times to harness a missing feeling. It's not a tangible feeling, it's something bigger than that. It is wonderful.
"Riches and Wonders" was a new song to me. I'll admit I am not a huge lyric guy, but every once in a while someone writes lyrics in a way that I really respond to. The lyrics really drew me in and I had an immediate idea of how I wanted to arrange the song for my lovely string quartet and Eliza's stunning vocal acrobatics.
Props to Paris Hurley on violin, Lauren Elizabeth Baba on viola and Aniela Marie Perry on cello.
You can check out the podcast and song here.
NEW MERCH - ROBERT FORSTER & JHEREK BISCHOFF 7" VINYL SINGLE
Back in 2013, Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) and I played a set together at Week-end Fest in Cologne, Germany. I arranged a bunch of his tunes for string quartet. We also recorded some of those songs that week, and two of those songs were released on a limited edition 7" vinyl single: "People Say" and "In Her Diary". The singles were sold at Week-end Fest last year, and nearly sold out. I have 28 copies left and have put them in the store. Be sure to grab your copy before they are gone!
NEW MERCH - AMANDA PALMER & JHEREK BISCHOFF 7" VINYL SINGLE
Last year Amanda Palmer and I collaborated on several tunes, two of which, "In Harm's Way" (an original song by Amanda), and "Mother" (a cover of Pink Floyd's song by the same name) were pressed to a 7" vinyl single. I did the arrangements for both songs.
I have some copies of the 7" vinyl available in the shop now. If you haven't heard the songs yet and want to check 'em out, you can do so here.
I am incredibly pleased to announce that I have been asked to be part of JUMP!STAR - a project that is inventing the future cultural traditions and actions that will celebrate the changing of our north star. There are many wonderful scientists, artists and creators involved in this project helmed by George Ferrandi. The project has been in development for a while and events will continue to transpire through this year until next, and mostly in Wichita and the Flint Hills region of Kansas. I've already made one trip out to Kansas so far and have at least three more over the next year and a half! Lots more details and announcements to come, so stay tuned!
TREEFORT MUSIC FEST - MAR 21-25 - BOISE, ID
I'm playing a set of my own with string quartet, and also joining Mirah for a unique set of her songs that I arranged for string quartet. She released those songs on a beautiful LP, Sundial, late last year. You should definitely check it out!
HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL - MAY 1 - HAMBURG, DE
I am joining stargaze ensemble for a David Bowie tribute of songs from his Blackstar album. Guest singers to join.
More new music and live dates to come!
Thanks for your support!
IN LOVING MEMORY OF HELEN BISCHOFF
( 11/19/1915 - 1/7/2018 )
Early this year I learned that my absolutely wonderful 102-year-old grandmother's health took a turn for the worse. I went to Seattle and spent her last couple days by her side with our whole family. It was sad, it was beautiful, it was... it was.
She was born in 1915! She taught me a lot. She was a true bad ass. She was in an orphanage in New York when she was a child and ended up taking the train by herself as a little girl across the country to San Francisco to meet her new parents. She worked as a photographer in a portrait studio and would take pictures of regular customers during business hours, and when they would close down the shop, the other customers would show up: the entertainers, the circus, the musicians.
102 is old. She recently told me a story about when “the first pizza shop” opened in San Francisco! An Italian man opened it in his basement. It is easy to forget how much she saw or what the world was like over 100 years ago. She saw the world before Pizza! WHAT!? Beyond that, she was a painter, dancer and wonderful mother and grandmother, always happy to see her family follow their dreams.
She is already dearly missed. RIP, Nana! <3