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Tour, Theater, Times Square & Ted

Tour, Theater, Times Square & Ted

I am back in Europe playing a few shows with string quartet (dates below), and also final rehearsals for a new production I scored by Theater Basel. — an adaptation of the beloved children’s classic by Erich Kästner — Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer (The Flying Classroom). 
The play premieres December 1st, and will run through January 15th, so if you happen to be in and around Basel, Switzerland at that time, come check it out

"Cistern" Official Video

"Cistern" Official Video

It is my absolute pleasure to present to you the premiere of the video for “Cistern,” brought to you by the folks at the Observer.

"Automatism" Official Video

"Automatism" Official Video

As part of the Cistern project, I have also been working on a long form video for the entire record comprised of eight separate videos that tie together seamlessly, and are edited into one epic journey for the title-track "Cistern."

'Cistern' Kickstarter Campaign + Australian Tour Dates

Ahoy from down under!I hope you are all doing well! I have been really busy and happy, and I have some super exciting announcements! Banner for Kickstarter Campaign First of all, I am making a new record!!! The record is called Cistern and is a collection of ambient orchestral music I wrote after spending some time in an underground, 2-million gallon, empty water tank with an insanely long reverb. I have played many of these songs all over the world, and after many of you asked where you could purchase the music, I realized it needed to be recorded. In order to bring this record to life, I have launched a Kickstarter campaign, and could really use your help and support. For the recording, I am collaborating with the wonderful ensemble Contemporaneous from NYC. I am very excited about the music, and can’t wait to put it out into the world. I am hoping you will feel the same way, too! For more information about this project and how to support it, please swing by my Kickstarter page and also check out the different rewards I have up for grabs! New and older music, as well as some rare and unique offerings…

Also, I am back in Melbourne, Australia, embarking on a month and a half long tour of Australia with my pal Missy Higgins. Missy Higgins 'Oz' Album Cover Earlier this year, I co-produced Missy’s new record Oz, which came out Sept. 19th. The record is all covers of Australian artists. I am extremely proud of the record and Missy was an absolute dream to work with. I was able to work in some super lush string and horn arrangements as well as some fun rocking tunes. Here is the video for my personal fave, 'Shark Fin Blues':

For this tour, I will be opening all of the shows, as well as playing bass in Missy’s band. For some shows I will be playing a solo set, while for others, I will be playing with a string quartet. We are going to be playing shows all over Australia, so if you are here, or may find yourself here during the tour, please join us for what are sure to be some lovely nights of music-making. If you have any friends in Australia, whom you think might enjoy the music, I would appreciate your help spreading the word! Visit my LIVE page for a list of shows!

Lastly, I recently moved to Los Angeles. I love it there… So much good vegan food! So many cute dogs. So many sunny days. That’s all, just love it and thought I would share!

All the best to you, and thank you for your continued support. Jherek Bischoff

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!!

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!

6-1 and 6-2

6-1 I spent the day working on a new EP for Parenthetical Girls called Privilege Part 2. We recorded most of the tracks for it about 5 months ago but touring and other things have kept us from finishing it. We just about wrapped it up but I have a few more tweaks to make. We also worked on 2 songs for a 7" for Tomlab for their 7" alphabet series. That also needs some work but will be done in a week or so.

I made pasta for dinner for my folks and Zac. I always put peanut butter in my sauce... If you have not tried it, trust me... It is so so so good! It gives it a little bit of like a Thai flavor. That reminds me, I figured out what my new life goal is. Ever since I became Vegan a few years back, I have developed a real love for cooking. I am not very good at it really but I really enjoy it. While I was on tour with Parenthetical Girls in Italy last month I was eating all of this amazing food and every time I would compliment the chef, they would say "oh it's nothing really, it is very simple", but it was so incredibly delicious. I realized that I do a lot of traveling and touring in these places known for their food. So I want to have a day off every few days on tour and on those days off, I would take cooking classes and learn how to cook all of that yummy food. As long as I could bring my lady along with me, I would truly have everything I ever wanted! Music, great food and love (not always in that order of course).

Here is a music video for a song I produced for Parenthetical Girls- Privilege Part 1 called Evelyn McHale.

6-2

Today I finished up mastering a song for a 7" for Casiotone For The Painfully Alone. It is a super awesome track. It sounds a bit like Scattered Pearls from his Etiquette record. The plan is to release it on a 7" comp for OIB records.

I also worked on re editing some tracks that I recorded for my good friend Steven Reker. We finished a full length record recently and I am super pleased with how it turned out. It has a very distinct sound. We only used 1 cymbal on the whole record so it really has an unusual sound. I am not yet sure what the name of his group is going to be yet but I am excited about that record. I was re editing the songs with no vocals in them for a possibility of their inclusion in a VERY EXCITING movie. I can't say what it is yet, but if it comes through then I will let you know what the deal is! So I finished that and now I am just working on putting the final touches on a string quartet for the Degenerate Art Ensemble. So I am BUSY!! This evening I am going to take it easy! Maybe go see this new Robin Hood movie or something!!