Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen & New Weather perform Saturday at Judith Charles Gallery
Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco and the band New Weather will perform in conjunction with the 135th Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention.
Butterscotch Records and Moog Music will host the inaugural show in their month-long performance series Odd Harmonics featuring longtime Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and electronic music mavericks New Weather. Jorgensen will appear with collaborator Greg O'Keeffe playing material from their forthcoming self-titled full length. Jorgensen and O'Keeffe's double LP is out October 15 on Butterscotch, followed by New Weather's LP on October 22nd. Their performance on October 19th will celebrate both releases.
Odd Harmonics is a month-long contemporary art show and performance series curated by Butterscotch label headAllen Farmelo to celebrate the launch of the label. Odd Harmonics runs from October 16 to November 10.
Centered around renown designer Francois Chambard's series of custom built, sculptural Theremins, the show will also feature original visual works from mixed media artist Cassandra C. Jones and painter Tomory Dodge. Other live performances throughout the month include the German classical Theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck, performance artists Mike Edison and Christen Clifford, Butterscotch recording artist Graph Rabbit and more.
Longtime Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen's new collaborative album with Greg O'Keeffe (self-titled Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O'Keeffe)is out now on Butterscotch Records.
WNYC's Soundcheck called the collaboration, "A conglomerate of multi-layered synth soundscapes, and contrasting minimal beats." Throughout, the music draws from influences ranging from '80s sci-fi to more recent bands like The Postal Service. Jorgensen spearheaded production of the album with the help of producer/engineer and Butterscotch label head Allen Farmelo (The Cinematic Orchestra, Talk Normal) with mastering provided by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Sigur Rós, CocoRosie).
Work on Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O'Keeffe began in 2008 when Jorgensen and longtime collaborator Greg O'Keeffe started working on music that would eventually become their first album together, released under the band name Pronto. After that album Jorgensen felt the pair still had music to make together. Working around Jorgensen's Wilco touring schedule, he and O'Keeffe recorded a new batch of songs in 2010 with Aaron Nevezie and John Davis of Brooklyn's Bunker Studios. Listening back to the tracks, Jorgensen found a creative restlessness was stirring and he knew the record was going to change. "I realized that this wasn't a problem as much as it was an opportunity to completely reevaluate what I had started."
Jorgensen found more inspiration as he fired up his impressive collection of analog synthesizers. He began to augment the live studio tracks with synth overdubs, and then he began to replace guitars, bass and eventually vocals with synths of all kinds. It wasn't long before he decided, in his own words, "To hell with it, I'm going to replace every sound on this song with a synthesizer except the drums." The ultimate culmination of Jorgensen's experiment is Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O'Keeffe.
Jorgensen's exposure to music began when his father Joe, an accomplished New York City recording engineer with credits including "The Theme from Taxi" and work with Dizzy Gillespie and Bob James, began bringing his son to work at age seven. From there, Mikael never quite left the recording studio. Working at John McEntire's SOMA Studios in Chicago, Jorgensen was around for the mixing of Wilco's now classic album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Jeff Tweedy then turned to Jorgensen to engineer Wilco's A Ghost is Born and Jorgensen became Wilco's full time keyboardist during those sessions.