We're super proud of Jherek Bischoff, one of the new additions to our Brassland family! Jherek ringled the opening event of the Ecstatic Music Festival held earlier this at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. Humble as he is, Jherek only took up a small portion of the stage, giving over the rest to the Wordless Music Orchestra and a string of marquee guest vocalists who kind of made our heads spin. Featured on the microphone throughout the night were David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), Zac Pennington (aka Parenthetical Girls), Carla Bozulich (many cool bands!), Charlie Looker, singer/songwriter Mirah Zeitlyn, Jherek's former Dead Science teammate Sam Mickens, and a duo of People Get Ready band members, Steven Reker and Jen Goma. Greg Saunier of Deerhoof clattered around on drums in lovely fashion throughout the night, as did several members of the Bischoff clan.
Deep breath & apologies for all you non-indie rock obsessives who are all like "Oh yeah I've heard of David Byrne. Didn't he do a track with Arcade Fire once?"
It was definitely a packed stage (as well as a packed audience) for this sold-out concert. Jherek's contribution to the show included singing as well as playing the ukelele, guitar and bass, and tearing up on command so overwhelmed was he by this concert of a lifetime.
If you missed the Ecstatic Music Festival opener, the folks over at Q2 Music have done you a huge favor: they broadcast the concert live online, then made the whole thing available to stream (yeah, you really should thank them or donate $20 in which case, they'll probably send you a tote bag). Check out Jherek's concert below, or on the WQXR website:
While you listen, check out some images of Jherek's concert (courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan and our favorite New York rockphotog -- that's one word! -- David Andrako).:
We know these people! These are Steven Reker and Jen Goma from our latest signing, People Get Ready. You'll be hearing more about them soon:
The whole troupe:
Earlier this week, Pitchfork premiered Jherek Bischoff's new video. The song in question is “Eyes.” Remember it? It serves as the dynamic opening song on his 2012 album Composed and features the vocals and iconically strange lyrics of legendary pop innovator David Byrne, or DB as we like to call him. (Mostly because we feel awkward writing his name in full when we email various associates of his. It totes turns us into geeky fan boys and girls, and brings to mind that time we received an email from Caetano Veloso and were like "-----, whoa!" right before ....continue....Tweet
If Jherek Bischoff’s life were a movie, it would start out as the rock band version of "Life of Pi" and morph, through a process of musical inspiration and intense perseverance, into a love story between a ukulele and a string orchestra. Intrigued? You should be. Chances are there’s a lot you don’t know about this composer, producer, songwriter, and all around musical powerhouse. The details of his unusual biography were recently aired in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where Bischoff gave an enlightening look into his surreal personal history (....continue....Tweet
It's been a big year for Mr. Jherek Bischoff, climaxing in a ton of high-profile activity this fall and winter. Let us count off some of the recent ways he has been rockin' his hometown, New York City and the world (wide web). (Speaking of rockin', is classicalin' a word? Maybe it should be?) So, to recount all the ways Jherek has been classicalin'. Maybe you caught Jherek in Amanda Palmer's "Do It Like A Rockstar" music video this past November? (Definitely rocking!) The video was filmed in Oklahoma City and you may have picked up ....continue....Tweet
Well folks, Jherek Bischoff is headed back on the road again, manning the bass rig & music director duties for Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra. (He'll also provide lovely opening sets to most shows.) The tour kicks off in London on October 23, traverses Europe until November 4th and then returns to America for awhile. Next his own jams will take the spotlight in a pair of December shows in Seattle & New York. Do you want us to cut to the chase with details? Well, uh, okay then: look here. If you're feeling leisurely, though, we're happy to ....continue....Tweet