I wanted to put together a little Year in Pictures and Video timeline of 2012 kind of thing… So here you go! Feb 4th @ Ecstatic Music Festival NYC The evening was pure magic. Shared the stage with David Byrne, Carla Bozulich, Craig Wedren, Mirah Zeitlyn, Zac Pennington, Sam Mickens, Charlie Looker, Steven Reker, Jen Goma, Greg Saunier and The Wordless Music Orchestra. Here is a new video of Blossom! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0MfbgTKE0M
I then joined Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra and we headed of to Melbourne to record Theater is Evil. Here is a tune that I wrote and arranged for the group! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yjyxYEohos
While in Oz we my pals in the GTO and I made some buddies and made this video for Young & Lovely! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NihdKZD5IIc
We also shot this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZCadqQY-Lw
I then flew straight from OZ to New York and had the insane privilege to work with The Degenerate Art Ensemble on a re interpretation of Robert Wilson & Philip Glass’s Einstein On The Beach with Robert Wilson himself directing! The show was really great and was at Baryshnikov Theater.
Went home briefly and then back off to NY for a show in th BAM opera house for the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival curated by the Dessner brothers of The National. I performed with yMusic and Greg Saunier. I had some crazy guests once again, David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Charlie Looker and Jen Goma.
Then I won an award called the Amy Award from my hometown of Bainbridge Island. Really lovely and honored!
You guessed it.. Back to NY again! This time to celebrate Amanda Palmers Kickstarter! We celebrated pretty hard!
Then we headed off to Berlin, London to play and do press. We shot this video while there - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyE2MLq24OE
Straight from there to L.A. and S.F More shows and press.
Boston & NY. More shows, more press. We insanely got David Byrne to come hang and sing Burning Down The House with us as his backing band.. To collaborate with him was totally insane, but to play a song that I grew up listening to and hearing being right there next to him as he belted it, was totally overwhelming.
Then we went to Oklahoma City and filmed the Do It With A Rockstar video with Wayne Coyne - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMgfRThylhU That was fun!
AFP & GTO headed off to BARD College for a residency and rehearsed here…
Then we headed off for the loveliest and hardest and craziest tour I have ever been on! So fun. Such a great crew. I opened all the shows as did my good buds The Simple Pleasure. We had a string quartet in almost every city. Met a billion amazing and talented people. Did the U.S., E.U. and U.K. The second night of tour was my birthday in NY. Epic.
Special shout out to Jessie England from The Simple Pleasure, who played viola with me every night on tour and really made things easier when things were hard and more fun when things were awesome.
A highlight was playing Time Warp with Richard O’Brien (Creator of Rocky Horror)
After 10 days at home after about 3 months of touring, I started rehearsals for my show at The Moore Theater. Rehearsals were held at Frye Art Museum in Seattle as part of their current exhibition Mw [Moment Magnitude]. I collaborated with Robb Kunz who is a fantastic instillation artist. He used some of my ambient music for a sound sculpture. The Frye then invited me to hold open to the public rehearsals inside the museum. It was great! Also in preparation for the show, I brought some of my best buds into KEXP for a live broadcast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LrdIBFroPKA
My show at The Moore Theater on Dec. 1 was a truly wonderful evening. So many friends and collaborators coming together and kicking serious ass together. It got me all cryin and stuff… Beautiful. I had fantastic guests including Mirah, Nika Danilova (Zola Jesus), Soko, Tomo Nakayama, Zac Pennington and Jason Webley! There will be some great documentation of this very soon!
10 days later, you guessed it, I was back in NYC. Lincoln Center commissioned me to write new music for a performance at Lincoln Center with yMusic, Greg Saunier and Jen Goma. It was such an honor to get to play with this ensemble again. They are truly astounding musicians and the coolest people on the planet. Few days break for the holidays, then this happened…
Then this happened…… and then perhaps the most fun thing I did all year was trying to sing my favorite Prince song. I know, I know… I am not prince, but god it felt good. Actually it kind of hurt. But the good kind of hurt.
Happy New Year everyone! I am going to go to sleep now! What a year! XO Jherek