Jherek Bischoff ♥'s Australia. The Seattle-based composer, producer & songwriter been in-country twice already in 2013 -- once for a brushfire benefit in Tasmania, and later for a performance at Adelaide Arts Festival. During the second visit he did a last minute gig at the Toff. Missy Higgins happened to be there and Tweeted, "Had never heard of him before but it was fucking brilliant."
For this show, Jherek will be performing with a string quartet but expect a bunch of surprise guests to be announced on Twitter before the show. RIYL: John Cale, Owen Pallett, Ennio Morricone, or Van Dyke Parks.
Bischoff has also been called a "pop polymath" (The New York Times), a "Seattle phenom" (The New Yorker), and "the missing link between the sombre undertones of Ennio Morricone and the unpredictability of John Cale" (NME), but his music speaks for itself. His recent album Composed is a meticulously arranged, multi-tracked album of nine orchestral pieces created in DIY fashion yet featuring guest vocalists like David Byrne and Caetano Veloso and instrumental soloists like Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Wilco's Nels Cline. The composer & his album’s amazing creation story has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and become the stuff of underground legend.
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