Jherek Bischoff is a man of many talents. He’s a songwriter, a producer, a composer, and a performer. He’s mastered nearly a dozen instruments, starting with saxophone and tuba and making his way through the strings, though he can usually be found playing bass in Amanda Palmer’s Grand Theft Orchestra or conducting string quartets while strumming a ukulele. Bischoff opened for Palmer on all their tour dates, assembling different string ensembles in each city; and when he plays a headlining gig in his native Seattle this Saturday, December 1, at the Moore Theatre, he’ll be backed by an orchestra full of friends.
Bischoff brought a few of these friends to the KEXP studio yesterday afternoon to perform live on The Midday Show. Bischoff introduced the musicians and explained the unorthodox recording process behind his latest album, Composed. He would load up his backpack with a laptop and a microphone, bike to each of the musicians’ houses, and record their performances in their living rooms. The orchestra we hear on Composed is something of a thought experiment, a figment of our imagination; this weekend, that orchestra will finally be realized.
To get a free preview of the performance, head over to the Frye Art Museum today, November 30, between 1-5 PM, where Jherek Bischoff and the band are holding an public rehearsal, free and open to all!