Jherek Bischoff

What Do 8 Tubas Sound Like?!?!

November 10, 2015 by Jherek | Comments Off on What Do 8 Tubas Sound Like?!?!

Ahoy Ladies and Gents,
I am home from a wild trip in NY! It was exhausting and wonderful. So much Chinese food…
I had the extreme honor of playing the ribbon cutting ceremony of St Ann’s Warehouse’s new space. They asked for something unusual and fun, so of course the first thing that came to mind was a tuba octet! Here is a video of a rehearsal and big reveal of the space!

I also did arrangements of some tunes by artists that have a shared history with St Ann’s Warehouse. We covered Kate Bush, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Marianne Faithful and Nick Cave, all on tubas with my man Zac Pennington on vocals. It was deep…literally.

Later that week, Zac and I had a performance of our band Crying Music at Le Poisson Rouge. Check out lots of photos and a sweet review on Brooklyn Vegan here.

The following week I performed four nights at BAM with cello virtuoso Maya Beiser for the Next Wave Festival, to critical acclaim from The New York Times.

My time in NY was topped off by a performance of a tune I composed for Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The Performance was with BYC and Kronos Quartet at St Ann’s Warehouse. It was the first time I had heard the piece and it was absolutely thrilling. Here’s an excerpt:

As per usual, as soon as I got home, I hit the ground running! I have since arranged and recorded some new arrangements for Sara Jackson-Holman, written an arrangement of Schubert’s “Die Forelle” for Meow Meow and the San Francisco Symphony, made a new arrangement of “Kule Kule” for Kronos Quartet, and am putting the very final touches on my upcoming record Cistern. Slammin!

Lots more to come very soon! Hope you all are well!

Resolutions Die Hard!

September 2, 2015 by Jherek | 0 comments

Haha! Well, that was a New Year’s Resolution fail! Oh well, it’s not because I don’t care! I have just been a bit busy as usual!

Many exciting things have happened since my last post:
I curated the Seattle contingent of a Bang On A Can Marathon at The Moore Theater, featuring: Shabazz Palaces, Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney, Morgan Henderson (Blood Brothers, Fleet Foxes), Gust Burns & Greg Campbell, Jim Knapp, Scrape Ensemble, the Bang On a Can All-Stars, and of course, yours truly! It was 6 hours of nonstop brilliance!

I went out to Australia (AGAIN!) to play at Womadelaide with Robert Forster (Go-Betweens).

I played at Carnegie Hall with Amanda Palmer and Cibo Matto for a tribute to the music of David Byrne & The Talking Heads.

I also started working with my friend Craig Wedren on some TV soundtracks. I helped out a bit with the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp which was a real dream come true! I was a huge fan of the original movie before ever hanging with Craig, so to be even a small part of the team was a blast.

I also worked on the new Starz series Blunt Talk, which premiered August 22. It is produced by Seth MacFarlane, written by Jonathan Ames, and stars Patrick Stewart, yes, THAT Patrick Stewart!
I had a much more substantial role in making the music for it and the show is hilarious! It’s been really great to learn the ropes from Craig. He simultaneously held my hand, and trusted me immensely with large tasks. A great mentor indeed.

Beyond all of this, I have been wrapping up my next record Cistern! I finished the record and am working on the artwork right now. I also filmed most of an 8-part music video series, some of which will be part of the roll out for the record, and some of which will accompany the live show. I have been filming all over the world: Australia, the Pacific Northwest, California…it is E.P.I.C. (I don’t know what this is short for, but it shows how E.P.I.C. it is).

Thanks so much for checking in! Stay tuned for more news about Cistern and don’t forget to check out Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Blunt Talk!


What’s New + Upcoming Shows

February 14, 2015 by Jherek | 0 comments

New Year’s resolution: Update blog more often…
Oy! I have been so busy! I am trying! Haha!

Okay, a little update my friends:

I relocated to Los Angeles and finally have a home! It is wonderful.
Since I spoke to you last, I was in Vienna for a month premiering a musical I scored, Johnny Breitwieser. It is still playing at Schauspielhaus, so if you find yourself heading through that fabulous city, go check it out! Here’s a trailer in German with some snippets of my music:

I went out to Tasmania again, and performed all new arrangements, by yours truly, with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra + Amanda Palmer.
While there, I also worked once again with Neil Gaiman on a live reading of his story, The Sleeper and the Spindle, which I sound-tracked live with a string quartet. It was wild.

A couple of weeks ago, I went into the studio and worked once again with the band Yacht on a song. I did a fun string arrangement for one of their new tunes. It’s going to be rad.

A billion other things too, but I am super excited to be extremely close to finishing up my record Cistern. I am about 2 weeks away from finishing it, I think. I am really happy with how it’s turning out and can’t wait for you to hear it.

I have some performances in the coming months; please come say hi!

FEB 15
I co-curated this event and am performing new work! Info and tickets HERE

FEB 24
I will be performing a set of my own music, with string quartet, clarinet and percussion. Also appearing: Brother, Sister & Tim Carr. Info and tickets HERE

MAR 7 & 9
This is a performance with Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens, Zephyr String Quartet and me on bass. Info and tickets HERE
*I will also be doing a cooking demo while there (!?!)

MAR 23
Featuring a flurry of some of the most talented people on earth, I’ll be performing a song with Amanda Palmer. Info and tickets HERE

There are more gigs in the works and I will be letting y’all know soon!

I hope to see you around!

All the best