Seattle composer and performer Jherek Bischoff is a pretty ideal artist to inaugurate this year’s Ecstatic Festival, the two month-long gathering celebrating new music and alt-classical experimentation that begins on Saturday night.
The multi-instrumentalist wrote all of the songs on his new orchestral album COMPOSED on the ukulele first and then arranged them for orchestra. Bischoff next turned into a one-man mobile recording studio while making album. He headed to each and every one of his “orchestra” members' homes to record their individual parts — looping instruments here and there to create the expansive effect of a full orchestra.
Bischoff’s album features guest turns by renowned musical innovators David Byrne and Caetano Veloso, and a slew of talents (including Byrne) will also join Bischoff at the Ecstatic Festival. The Wordless Orchestra, Craig Wedren (of Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof), Mirah, and Zac Pennington (of Parenthetical Girls) are some of the other musicians sharing the stage with Bischoff on Saturday.
Download Jherek Bischoff's “Secret of the Machines” above, a quirky instrumental song akin to a nocturnal toy factory soundtrack. Below, watch a preview of the festival at a WQXR event at The Greene Space that features Bischoff, multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negron of Arturo en el Barco and Jason Treuting of So Percussion.